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Frontline Support campaign

Uniting a caring community

In 2021, the Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to Home campaign was created with two robust advisory committees in Barrie and Owen Sound. The campaign raised funds to renovate nursing facilities, upgrade technology and establish new awards, scholarships and bursaries for nursing students at the Barrie and Owen Sound campuses.

Thanks in large part to generous donors, Georgian students now have access to immersive, interdisciplinary spaces and cutting-edge equipment to learn on mirroring similar equipment they’ll use in their field placements and careers.

Although our initial campaign goal has been reached, the health-care industry continues to evolve and our spaces and technology must change with it in order for our students to learn in real-life settings. You can help us do MORE.

If you want to support our continued advancement in health-care spaces and technology
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Read the stories

Donors who have impact

Read the stories of the volunteers and donors who worked tirelessly on the Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to Home campaign.

  • Couple stand by a wall sign in their name.

    Nursing is in his DNA

    Innisfil resident, Chris Gariepy, is known for giving back to his community, particularly to Georgian College where he has been…

  • Woman in front of wall plaque

    belairdirect backs Georgian nursing students

    When the team at Johnson Insurance, now belairdirect, was first approached to support the Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to…

  • Woman standing in front of mirrored wall.

    Campaign co-chair “blown away” by nurses

    Looking back over the years, Sybil Taylor reflects that she comes by her philanthropic nature naturally. She says her parents…

  • Man and woman on either side of a sign

    Giving back is a proud family tradition

    Deb DeCaire fondly recalls many family gatherings with photocopies of charity event flyers spread around the living room with she…

  • Woman stands beside a manikin in a hospital bed.

    Donation brands immersive simulation experience into nursing education

    Georgian’s dedication to providing quality education and fostering innovation resonates deeply with the values upheld by the Brand Family Foundation.

  • Three men and three women sitting on and standing behind a couch

    Rotary Club of Barrie investment ensures real-life learning

    The Rotary Club of Barrie continues to support health and wellness at Georgian through a generous gift of $125,000 to…

  • Five people dressed in business attire holding up a big cheque for $25,000.

    Owen Sound Gardens Retirement Residence helping to train a new generation of health-care talent locally

    Georgian College received a $25,000 donation from the Owen Sound Gardens Retirement Residence for the new nursing wing in Owen Sound.

  • An old sepia photograph of a woman (Verdi Wallwin) with dark hair in a nurse uniform holding a bouquet of roses

    Philanthropists honour their mother’s nursing journey with a bursary for the next generation

    Local philanthropists honour their mother’s memory by creating a bursary for Georgian College Bachelor of Science – Nursing students.

  • Overhead shot of a large group of golfers standing beside their golf carts outside on a golf course

    Georgian College Golf Classic raises more than $155,000 for students

    Georgian is celebrating the return of the organization’s longest-running fundraiser in a big way. The 32nd Georgian College Golf Classic, presented…

  • A group of people dressed in business attire standing in front of a large cheque for $1.5M.

    The Joyce Family Foundation grants $1.5M to establish endowment for future nurses at Georgian

    The Joyce Family Foundation  announced today that it is committing $1.5 million to establish an endowment at Georgian College, which…

  • Six people dressed in business attire and wearing face masks holding up a big cheque to Georgian College for $100,000

    Georgian College Alumni Association invests in the future of nursing

    For more than five decades, Georgian College has been training nurses and other health-care professionals to provide care for the…

  • An older white couple standing outside smiling at the camera. They're dressed up in business attire.

    Bruce County couple support Georgian’s nursing campaign

    John and Shirley Reaburn invest in the nurses of tomorrow Shirley Reaburn chuckles when she says she’s a newcomer to Bruce…

  • Head shot of an older woman with short blonde hair. She's earing glasses, a purple flowered dress and has a trach.

    Living a full life: Georgian College philanthropist shares her story and support

    Seven-and-a-half years ago, Jane (Brown) Jackson’s life was changed forever. She had just come out of surgery, a ‘routine’ thyroidectomy to…

  • A blonde female wearing blue nursing uniform and a face mask. She's holding an IV bag

    Doubling the impact: Georgian alumni pay it forward on Giving Tuesday

    As a part of the global Giving Tuesday initiative on Nov. 30, Georgian College launched a one-day digital appeal through…

  • Larche family

    Larche family donates to Georgian’s Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to Home campaign

    Health care, entrepreneurialism and community: these three words mean the world to Paul and Lawrene Larche and their family. On…

Read more stories published in the 2023 GeorgianView print magazine highlighting the Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to Home campaign.

Barrie Campus

A $3-million investment by generous donors, government and Georgian has allowed the college to transform 15,000 square feet of space at the Barrie Campus in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences.

The transformation includes a state-of-the-art simulation environment that is the only one of its kind in Ontario higher education.  

The Frontline Support campaign was very fortunate to have the support and community-first guidance from volunteers advisors including: 

  • Debbie DeCaire
  • Chris Gariepy (Co-chair)
  • Peggy Hill
  • Bryan Howcroft
  • Jane Jackson
  • Lisa Tamblyn (class of 1985)
  • Sybil Taylor (Co-chair)

Browse through some photos from the event.

    Owen Sound Campus

    Georgian officially opened the newly transformed wing on Sept. 22, 2022 in preparation for the Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree program that launched in the fall of 2022 at both the Owen Sound and Barrie campuses.

    The $7.1-million renovation transformed over 10,000 square feet at the campus. This state-of-the-art Nursing and Wellness Wing provides space and technology for students in nursing, Personal Support Worker, Police Foundations, and other programs.

    The Frontline Support campaign was very fortunate to have the support and community-first guidance from volunteers advisors including: 

    • Steve Lowe (Chair)
    • Rob Cordell
    • William “Bill” Van Wyck
    • Kim Wingrove

    Browse through some photos from the event.

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