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                                                                               The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

  A message from the manager of Alumni                                                                                                         The Grad
                                                                                                                                               Official Publication of the
                                                                                                                                               Cambrian College Alumni

     ’m often asked about                 Committee have encouraged                                                                            Association
     the benefits of staying in           an increase in graduate                                                                              Volume 4, Issue 1 • Spring 2007
     touch with the Cambrian              involvement by asking for
College Alumni Association.               greater participation from                                                                           Publisher
                                                                                                                                               Cambrian College Alumni Association
We have tangible benefits                 graduates in the production
such as excellent discounts               of the Grad magazine. Our                                                                            Managing Editor
on home and auto insurance,               objective was to produce                                                                             Celina Cacciotti
and we sell diploma frames                a magazine for alumni by                                                                             Manager, Alumni Development

and cakes for students far                alumni. We are fortunate at                                                                          Editorial Advisor
from home, among other                    Cambrian College to have so                                                                          Linda S. Wilson
things. But there are also less           many diverse and successful                                                                          Director
                                                                                            proud. I believe this magazine                     Marketing and Institutional Relations
obvious benefits. As stated in            graduates. The articles in this
                                                                                            is a wonderful example of
the Association constitution,             magazine have been written                                                                           Editorial Team
                                                                                            how volunteering with your
The purpose of the Association            by graduates, the layout has                                                                         Monica Dorion
                                                                                            Alumni Association can be a                        Gloria Staskus
is to provide a link between              been done by graduates,
                                                                                            very worthwhile benefit.                           Kathy Wagner
Cambrian College and its                  and the photos for the lead
graduates. It helps them to               story have been taken by a                                                                           Writers/Contributors
                                                                                            Celina Cacciotti                                   Sylvia Barnard
stay in touch with the College            graduate. These grads who
                                          have found success in their
                                                                                            Manager, Alumni                                    Celina Cacciotti
and provides opportunities                                                                                                                     Pamela Crich
for networking and volunteer              areas of study and now work                       Development                                        Diane Larose
activities. Volunteer                     in their field, have agreed to                                                                       Normand Mayer
                                                                                                                                               Shawn Poland
opportunities are usually                 become more involved in                                                                              Linda Wilson
done through reunions and                 their Alumni Association.
the events that we plan.                  With the final product in your
Recently, members of your                 hands, you can see they, and
Alumni Association Advisory               you, have every reason to be

   This edition’s featured graduate contributors are:
  Layout                                      Cover and main                                  Gerontology article                              Aboriginal grads
  Johnny and Maurissa                         story photos                                    Pamela Crich is a 2004                           article
  Grano are co-owners of                      Rachelle Bergeron is                            Journalism Print program                         Norm Mayer is a 1980
  Creative Odyssey Marketing                  owner/operator of Rachelle                      graduate. She works at                           graduate of the Journalism
  and Design, Inc. Johnny                     Bergeron Photography                            Cambrian College as a                            Print program. He is now
  is a 1988 graduate of the                   located in downtown                             student employment                               retired from The Sudbury
  Business Administration                     Sudbury. Rachelle is a 1985                     advisor for the Student                          Star where he was a
  program and Maurissa is a                   graduate of the Visual Arts                     Employment Services                              journalist for 22 years.
  1992 graduate of the Visual                 program.                                        and Co-op Placement
  Arts – Graphic Design                                                                       Department. Pam
  program.                                                                                    continues to do freelance
                                                                                              writing whenever possible.

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                      The Grad — Cambrian College Alumni Magazine

 A message from the president

                                Cambrian President Sylvia Barnard
                                 Just the Facts                               • Programs and services for       Serving the Aboriginal
                                  As students, you experienced                  the Aboriginal community        community
                                 periods of Cambrian’s history.               • Services for students
                                 As graduates, your memories                    with disabilities (Deaf or      Cambrian has long been a
                                 maybe snapshots in time. You                   hard of hearing, physical       partner with the Aboriginal
                                 are members of the Cambrian                    or medical disabilities,        community, providing
                                 community, and as we are                       learning disabilities, vision   on-campus and off-campus
                                 proud of you, I hope you are                   difficulties)                   educational programs and
                                 proud of Cambrian and want                                                     support:
                                 to be up to date...want to have                                                • Wabnode Institute at
                                 some current facts about your                Populations We Serve                Cambrian’s Barrydowne
                                 College.                                                                         campus (Cambrian’s centre
                                                                               • Secondary school graduates,      for the advancement and

     want to begin by            Student/Client Population                       stop outs, and incompletes       support of Aboriginal
     congratulating our          (2006/07)                                    • Graduates – Adult Learning        education)
     2006 Premier’s Awards                                                      and Native Friendship           • Elder on campus
nominees – Mark McAllister,      Full-time student body . 4,469                 Centres                         • Aboriginal counsellor and
Elaine Johnston, Karen                                                        • University students and           peer tutors
Hastie, and Tom Fortin. We       Part-time registrations .. 8,000+              graduates                       • Cambrian Native Students’
are truly proud to count you                                                  • College graduates                 Association (CNSA)
among the Cambrian alumni        Aboriginal students .......... 600+          • Business and industry –         • Outreach programs/
family and appreciate your                                                      current employees/provision       programs in communities/
continued association with       Students accessing                             of new employees                  Native-focused programs
Cambrian College.                disability services.............. 700+       • Single parents
                                                                              • Married individuals with
As you know, annually,           International students –                       dependents                      Disability Services
through the Premier’s Awards,    Sudbury Campus ............... 18            • Employed, unemployed,
alumni from Ontario’s 24                                                        underemployed                   Cambrian is recognized
colleges of applied arts and     International students –                     • Aboriginal peoples and          internationally for its
technology are acknowledged      International campuses ..... 97                communities                     leadership in disability
and recognized for their                                                      • Persons with disabilities       services, and boasts among its
achievements and outstanding                                                  • International learners          many initiatives to support
contributions. This year,        Niche Areas                                  • First generation students       and promote an inclusive
Mark, Elaine, Karen, and Tom,                                                   (the first person in a family   approach to education and
who are profiled on page 4        • Mining and resource                         to attend a college or          equity:
of The Grad, were among             management education and                    university)
the over 80 college graduates       training                                                                    • The Glenn Crombie Centre
who were honoured at the         • Trades/Skills/Apprenticeship                                                   for disability services, and
Premier’s Awards celebrations      training                                                                     • The Northern Ontario
being held on February 19 in     • Customized training for                                                        Assessment and Resource
Toronto.                           business and industry                                                          Centre.
                                                                                                                               Continued 
                                                           The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

Partners with Industry           Workforce
and Business                     Cambrian provides
                                 business and industry
Program Advisory                 with professional/new skill
Committees                       development as well as with a
More than 680 representatives    ready supply of qualified and
from business, industry          job-ready graduates.
and the professions ensure
program relevancy through        For more facts about your
participation on Cambrian’s      College, visit about cambrian/
42 program advisory              Just the Facts on our website
committees.                      at

Through SkyTech, Cambrian
                                 Until next time.
                                                                        Mark Your
offers Co-op Diploma
Apprenticeship Programs:
Tool and Die Machining,
Heavy Equipment, Industrial
                                 Sylvia Barnard
                                                                        Calendar . . .
                                                                      If you would like more information about the events listed
Mechanical Millwright,                                                below or would like to plan an event, please contact the
Industrial Electrican, and                                            Alumni office at (705) 566-8101, extension 7414, or at
Welding and Fabrication.
SkyTech is a consortium of
stakeholders consisting of
                                                                      May 24-25, 2007 – Convocation Ceremonies
representatives from industry,
                                                                      If you know someone who is graduating this spring, you can
labour, government, and
                                                                      pre-order flowers, special mementos, and diploma/photo frames
Cambrian College who
                                                                      for him or her.
work together to address
the skills shortages and to
                                                                      June 21, 2007 – 8th Annual Alumni, Staff and Friends
ensure ongoing availability
of qualified employees with a                                         Golf Tournament
variety of industries.                                                Lively Golf and Country Club, Lively, Ontario. Call the Alumni
                                                                      office for more information about entering a team or about
Federated School of Mines                                             sponsorship.
Through the Federated School
of Mines, Cambrian and its                                            October 2007 – Varsity Athletes Reunion
partners facilitate student                                           The Cambrian College Alumni Association will host the first
access throughout the North                                           Varsity Athletes Reunion at Cambrian’s Barrydowne campus.
to education and training                                             The weekend will include students versus alumni games, a
for the mining and minerals                                           dinner, and socials. All varsity athletes are welcome to register
industries.                                                           online at

                        The Grad — Cambrian College Alumni Magazine

  Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence

        ambrian College’s         renovations to their homes             energy specialists, monitoring      development that will be
        Sustainable               through hands-on workshops             and evaluating sustainable          initiated by entrepreneurs
        Energy Centre of          and demonstrations at the              energy systems and green            and businesses through
Excellence (SECE) will be         Centre.                                building components and             their research, prototype
an innovative teaching and                                               materials for energy efficiency,    development, and marketing
applied research facility         The Grand Solar Building will          ease of installation, durability,   of alternative energy systems
providing entrepreneurs           be a green building, exceeding         cost, and suitability. Students     and green building materials
and businesses with the           the levels of performance set          in the Energy Systems               and construction. Estimates
opportunity to prototype, test,   out by Leadership in Energy            Technology program will             indicate the SECE could
and demonstrate sustainable       and Environmental Design               become the next generation          foster the creation of 30 new
energy systems and green          (LEED). LEED is a Green                of experts in the exciting and      businesses by 2012.
building technologies.            Building Rating System ™ that          fast-growing field of green
                                  sets accepted benchmarks for           building, energy efficiency,        As a world class Centre of
The intended focus of the         the design, construction, and          and resource conservation           Excellence, the facility will
Centre will be researching,       operation of green buildings.          through specialized course          attract tourists, professionals,
studying, testing, prototyping,   The Grand Solar Building               work and hands-on                   and technical specialists to
and promoting sustainable         will house classrooms and              applications.                       Greater Sudbury, bringing
energy systems, specifically      conference facilities, will                                                revenue and jobs to northern
for residential and small         generate all of its own energy         Jobs will also be created           Ontario. Construction is
commercial buildings. The         on site, will capture water, and       through new economic                scheduled to begin in the fall
Centre will also facilitate       will not generate any toxic                                                of 2007.
economic development by           by-products.
assisting businesses and
entrepreneurs to develop          Students will benefit from
alternative energy systems.       the new Centre as well.
Homeowners will have the          Cambrian’s engineering
opportunity to learn how to       technician and technology
install energy-saving units       and trades/skills students will
and make energy-saving            work with entrepreneurs and

                                                                   The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

  Cambrian College’s 2006
           Premier’s Award Nominees
The Ontario Premier’s                 Karen is an advocate for                                                       Tom Fortin
Awards for graduates of               promoting health and fitness                                                   1984 graduate, Electronics Engineering
                                      within local schools and the                                                   Technology program
Ontario’s Colleges of Applied
Arts and Technology honour            community.
                                                                                                                     Tom is the owner and
the important social and                                                                                             engineering manager of
economic contribution                                                                                                Ontrak Control Systems
college graduates make to                                                                                            Inc. (Ontrak), a company
Ontario and throughout                                                                                               he founded in 1985. Ontrak
the world. The following                                                                                             manufactures electronic
are Cambrian College’s                                                        Mark Mcallister                        interfaces that connect various
four nominees for the 2006                                                    2005 graduate, Visual Arts – Graphic   devices to computers, allowing
                                                                              Design program                         measurement and control
Premier’s Awards.
                                                                                                                     functions to be performed.
                                                                              Mark is a graphic designer             Products manufactured
                                                                              at 50 Carleton & Associates-           by Ontrak are used by
                                      Elaine Johnston                         Associés. He was diagnosed
                                      1977 Ambulance and Emergency Care                                              thousands of companies in
                                      program, 1979 Nursing program           with Spinal Muscular Atrophy           industrial, medical, and retail
                                                                              when he was 11 months old.             applications with 90% of
                                      Elaine is the health services           Despite his disability, Mark’s         its products being exported
                                      director of Wikwemikong                 artistic tendencies influenced         worldwide.
                                      Unceded Reserve, and is also            him to pursue a career
                                      the former health director              in graphic design. Mark                Nominations are now
                                      of the Assembly of First                graduated with honours                 being accepted for the 2007
Karen Hastie                                                                  in May 2005, achieving the
1989 graduate, Physical Fitness and   Nations. She has 29 years                                                      Premier’s Awards. Any
Leisure Management program            of experience in health and             highest GPA in his class.              graduate of a college program
                                      community development.                  Respected by teachers and              may be nominated. Nominees
Karen is the president of AkFit       She has also provided policy            professionals in his field, the        must have demonstrated
Fitness Superstore (AkFit).           advice to the National                  talented graduate has won              outstanding career success
AkFit is one of the largest           Chief and has lobbied and               numerous awards for his                as well as contribution to
privately-owned fitness stores        advocated for First Nations             work.                                  their community or society.
in Canada. Karen’s passion            across Canada. Elaine boasts                                                   If you would like to submit
for fitness and her concern           20 years of experience in                                                      a name for consideration
about child obesity inspired          policy development, strategic                                                  by the Cambrian College
her to create KidsFIT Inc., a         planning, human resources,                                                     Premier’s Awards Nominating
company that introduces the           financial management,                                                          Committee, please contact the
world of fitness to children          and negotiations of board                                                      Alumni Association by phone
using innovative methods in a         governance structures.                                                         at (705) 566-8101, extension
safe and fun environment.                                                                                            7414, or by email at

                       The Grad — Cambrian College Alumni Magazine

Chef’s Special                                                          faculty forum

Sweet Potato and                                                        Faculty Forum
Pumpkin Soup
Recipe by Chef Mika Koskela, owner, Chef Mika’s Catering,
and a graduate of the 1998 Advanced Cook Apprentice program

2   large sweet potatoes,        5-6 cups of chicken stock
    peeled and diced             ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 pounds pumpkin, (remove        ¼ cup fresh cilantro, reserved
    skin and seeds), sliced or       for garnish
    1 can of pumpkin             ½ cup brown sugar (for a
                                                                      Susan Alcorn MacKay               Philip Adams is a professor
1 onion, diced                       very enticing flavour, try
                                                                      has worked at Cambrian            for the school of Skills
2 cloves of garlic, minced           maple syrup)
                                                                      College for 19 years, currently   Training/SkyTech. Philip
2 celery stalks, chopped         ¾ cup 35% cream
                                                                      as the director of disability     came to Cambrian with
1 carrot, peeled and             ¼ cup brandy
                                                                      services and the director         14 years’ experience in the
    chopped                      Salt and pepper to taste
                                                                      of Northern Ontario               steel industry. His academic
2-3 tbsp butter
                                                                      Assessment and Resource           background includes
                                                                      Centre/Centre d’évaluation        postsecondary studies in
Method                                                                et des ressources du Nord         the architectural and steel
Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion,                 de l’Ontario. Prior to 1987,      fabrication fields as well
garlic, sweet potato, celery, carrot, and pumpkin (if using           Susan taught in the Focus         as trade certification as a
fresh) in saucepan until soft. Cook for about 8 minutes,              for Change program, the           Structural Steel Fitter. Philip
stirring occasionally. Deglaze with brandy.                           College Vocational program        moved to Sudbury five years
                                                                      and the upgrading program         ago with his wife and two
Add chicken stock. Bring to a boil then down to a simmer.             (English and mathematics).        children. Born and raised
Cook for 30 minutes, partly covered. If using canned                  Susan is an executive member      in the North, Philip believes
pumpkin, add the pumpkin after the soup has been cooked               of the College Committee          there is no better place to live
for 30 minutes.                                                       on Disability Issues and a        and raise a family.
                                                                      member of the Canadian
Puree the soup with a hand held food processor or in a                Association of Disability
blender. Reheat and add cream, brown sugar, and cilantro.             Service Providers in Post
Season with salt and pepper to taste.                                 Secondary Education. She also
                                                                      serves on the Post-Secondary
Serve in warm bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro (either           Advisory Committee on
chopped or sprigs).                                                   Disability Issues for the
                                                                      Ministry of Training, Colleges
Serves 4-6                                                            & Universities. She has
                                                                      published a grade five novel
                                                                      used in the Gage Publishing
                                                                      series entitled; The Turtle
                                                                      Connection and also writes        Derek McKinnon is a
                                                                      poetry and short stories for      full-time professor in the
                                                                      the same series.                  School of Health Sciences
                                                                                                                        Continued 
                                                             The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

                                                                       Staying Connected
                                                                        Keeping you connected to your alma mater is important to
                                                                        us. Part of this connection is the information that we send
and Emergency Services. He         Pre-Hospital Care from               to Alumni Association members through emails, affinity
teaches in the Paramedic           Charles Sturt University             partners contact, The Grad magazine, and other forms of
program and Anatomy                in Australia and also has            communication. If, however, you do not wish to maintain
and Physiology courses to          experience teaching with             your connection, you can advise us by calling the Alumni
Pre-Health and General Arts        the Ministry of Health as an         office at (705) 566-8101, extension 7414, or by emailing us
and Science students. He was       Ambulance Service Instructor.        at
a critical care flight paramedic
with the Ministry of Health        If there is a faculty member
                                                                       Alumni Development Office,
Air Ambulance Team and             you would like to hear
                                                                       Cambrian College
was also employed with the         from, please contact the
Greater City of Sudbury            Alumni Association at               1400 Barrydowne Road, Room 2431
Emergency Medical Services         (705) 566-8101,                     Sudbury, Ontario, P3A 3V8
Division as an advanced care       extension 7414, or at               Telephone: (705) 566-8101, extension 7414
paramedic from 2000 until   
2006. Derek has a Bachelor of
Health Sciences degree in

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Your “taste of home”for someone special!
The Cambrian Alumni Association, in conjunction with Cambrian’s Baking
and Pastry Arts program, is pleased to introduce the Cake program.

Through the Cake Program, you can make someone feel               Choose from one of our delicious cake selections that
special by sending them a special cake. It is a great way to      are available at special rate of $15 each (taxes included).
help your son, daughter, friend, or even teacher or               A notice of confirmation will be sent to you once
colleague to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation,       payment has been made. The recipient will be notified
retirement, or other special occasion.                            when his/her cake is ready and will be given instructions
                                                                  about where to pick up the cake.

                            To order a cake or for more information about the Cake Program, please
                            contact the Cambrian Alumni Office by phone at (705) 566-8101, extension
                            7414, or Ontario toll-free at 1-800-461-7145, extension 7414, or visit the
                            Cambrian College Alumni Web site at
                            Orders must be placed seven business days in advance.

                                                             The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

  Friends of the Foundation
  Cambrian Foundation Operation to Move
  to Cambrian Campus: Inco’s Landmark
  Gift of Building a Cherished Part of
  Cambrian College History
   —Shawn Poland, Director Cambrian Foundation

         s a young lad, I can     gift of that same property to         the Glenn Crombie Centre           alumni who recognize the
         remember tagging         Cambrian College.                     for disability services, and       critical role the College and
         along with my dad                                              the SuperBuild project that        its graduates play in driving
to his office in the old Inco     The gift marked a culmination         resulted in the state-of-the-art   northern Ontario’s economy.
Club building on Frood Road.      of a lengthy partnership              eDome.                             The net benefit to the College
To me, it was an enormous,        between the nickel giant and                                             of the sale of the building is
imposing grey edifice on          Cambrian that began with              But as the College has evolved,    tremendous.”
the outside and a veritable       the appointment of Inco’s             so too has the Cambrian
playground inside.                Dr. Walter Curlook as the             Foundation. With a view to         And while one chapter closes,
                                  College’s first Board Chair in        focus more intently on its         yet another begins.
After I had exhausted the         1967.                                 original mandate – raising
allure of doodling on my                                                funds for students – the           “The building on Frood Road
dad’s desk blotter, I would       The transfer of the building          Cambrian Foundation Board          and Inco’s generosity will
invade his secret stash of hard   served as the catalyst for            of Directors made the historic     always be a part of the history
candy in the bottom drawer of     Cambrian College to ‘trail            decision to place the 50,000-      of Cambrian College and
his desk. After a visit around    blaze’ into the philanthropic         square-foot building and           the Cambrian Foundation,”
the office suite, I would turn    sector with the establishment         adjacent parking lot for sale      said Cambrian President and
my attention to the main hall.    of the Fondation Cambrian             in May 2006. By October, a         Foundation Director Sylvia
                                  Foundation.                           buyer had been found and the       Barnard. “With this move,
At this point, my imagination                                           sale finalized.                    we are embarking on a new
took over, as I conjured          With the help of dedicated                                               chapter and are pleased to
images of Gorgeous George         teams of civic-minded                 The move has generated             welcome the volunteers and
waging epic battles in the        volunteer board members, the          widespread support from            the staff of the Cambrian
wrestling ring, elegant galas     organization hasn’t looked            both the College and               Foundation ‘home’ to the
with ladies and gents decked      back since. Over the years, the       community alike.                   College’s Barrydowne
out in their finest, or visions   building and Walter Curlook                                              campus.”
of Santa’s next visit to the      Heritage Ballroom have                “Our primary focus is
annual Christmas party.           played host to a variety of           the financial well-being           All in all, it will be business
                                  community fundraising and             of Cambrian College and            as usual for the Cambrian
When my dad’s office moved        special events.                       our students,” commented           Foundation team on March 1,
to Copper Cliff, part of me                                             Cambrian Foundation Board          2007 – albeit with a different
stayed with that big ‘ole         Over that time, the                   Chair David Petryna. “The          view out our front door!
building.                         Foundation has grown the              sale of the building gives
                                  College’s Awards Program              us an opportunity to build         You may also find a secret
A few years after that – 23       and led the College through           stronger linkages with the         stash of hard candy in my
years ago, to be precise – Inco   capital campaigns to establish        corporations, individuals,         bottom drawer.
Limited made a landmark           new residences on campus,             and Cambrian College

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                                                                                                                    criteria.” Vicks feels that it is          this bursary in February at
                                                                                                                    important to reward students               a reception hosted by the
                                                                                                                    who managed their money                    Cambrian Foundation.

                                            Pays It                                                                 while in school, either by
                                                                                                                    working, or by keeping a good
                                                                                                                                                               If you would like to
                                                                                                                                                               contribute to the Idnani

                                            Forward                                                                 budget. That is why he has
                                                                                                                    contributed $500 to start a
                                                                                                                    bursary to be given out yearly
                                                                                                                                                               Financial Management
                                                                                                                                                               Achievement Award or
                                                                                                                                                               for more information,

          icks Idnani                                 director for the Bargain                                      to a student in the Business               please contact Vicks at
          (2004, Business                             Hunter, a weekly buy, sell, and                               Administration program.          
          Administration) is                          trade magazine.                                               He wants to keep the criteria
surprised by the attention that                                                                                     simple so that all students
he is receiving for initiating a                      Vicks recalls his time at                                     have equal opportunity
student bursary with his own                          Cambrian College fondly                                       to receive the bursary. He
money. Perhaps he doesn’t                             and understands the                                           hopes that he will be able to
realize that young men just                           challenges students face                                      contribute more in the future
beginning their career rarely                         regarding finances while                                      and that the bursary one day
initiate such an endeavour.                           in school: “When I was a                                      will qualify for a government
Vicks is originally from                              student and applying for                                      matching program, thus
the country of Oman and                               scholarships and bursaries,                                   increasing the bursary’s size.
currently makes Sudbury his                           I found that financial need                                   Vicks is looking forward
home. He is the marketing                             was often one of the main                                     to meeting the recipient of

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  Working with Older Adults –
                   A Great Career
—Pamela Crich                                                                                              The 2007
      tatistics Canada projects   When she enrolled in the           Community Services, Training
      that by 2031, older         program, Josée knew she            of Front-line Staff, and Public       College
      adults will double from
13 per cent to about 25 per
                                  already had the natural ability
                                  to communicate and truly
                                                                     Education and Awareness.
                                                                                                           Alumni Award
cent of our population. While     empathize with older adults,       Josée says that her job has
this proportion increases,        but she did not know that she      been very fulfilling and              Cambrian
there is also a growing           would end up becoming a key        rewarding, but she wouldn’t           College Alumni
concern that they will be to
subject to ageism.
                                  resource representative for        have been able to do the work         Association
                                  elder abuse and be responsible     without her time at Cambrian.
                                  for the creation of Elder Abuse    Most of all, Josée thanks her
Bonita Georgekish, a professor    Committees in Northern             professors who were both              Alumni Award
in the Social Service Worker      Ontario communities.               understanding and supportive          Nominations
– Gerontology program, says                                          while teaching her the
Cambrian’s program is vital       It was at Cambrian where           essential skills and informing        The Cambrian College
to the older adult population,    Josée realized where exactly       her of the many issues facing         Alumni Award, which
because the graduates enter       in the gerontology field she       the elderly.                          is presented annually
the workforce armed with the      was meant to be. “I didn’t hear                                          at the College’s spring
skills, education, and training   the term (elder abuse) before                                            Convocation, recognizes
to help battle ageism.            I attended Cambrian and                                                  a Cambrian graduate for
                                  heard it from my professors,”                                            his or her outstanding
“Aging, in and of itself, is      says Josée. “But after hearing                                           contributions to
not a problem,” says Bonita.      a community representative                                               Cambrian College and
“The lack of education in         speak (to our class) about the                                           to society through
society is the problem. Our       alarming rate and seriousness                                            professional excellence and
program helps to combat           of elder abuse, I knew that I                                            extraordinary service to
this type of ageism. The          wanted to work with advocacy                                             education.
students also become aware        groups and be involved in
of how important it is to see     addressing the issue of elder                                            To nominate an
the person first, rather than                                        Josée Miljours                        individual(s), or for further
                                  abuse from a counselling and       Social Service Worker – Gerontology
illnesses that older adults                                                                                information, please contact
                                  an educational standpoint.”        1998
                                                                                                           the Cambrian College
might be facing.”
                                                                                                           Alumni Association by
                                  Since 2003, Josée has been                                               phone at (705) 566-8101,
Josée Miljours, a 1998 Social     working for the province’s                                               extension 7414,
Service Worker – Gerontology      initiative the Ontario                                                   or by e-mail at
graduate was one of those                                                                        
                                  Network for the Prevention
students who saw older adults     of Elder Abuse. As North-
for who they were and became      Eastern Ontario’s regional                                                 Nominations will
passionate about assisting        representative, Joseé has been                                             be accepted until
them.                             concentrating on the three key                                              April 16, 2007.
                                  elements: Co-ordination of

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  Aboriginal Grads Talk
  Culture, Education,
  and Careers                                      —Norm Mayer

   Over the years, Aboriginal students and graduates have made their mark
   at Cambrian College, in the community, as well as in the province and
   across Canada. Through their involvement in child care, health services, or
   public relations, the following Cambrian College
   graduates have certainly made their mark.

2006 Carpenter General program

           ith her love of mathematics and working
           with wood, Chenoa was in her glory when
           she enrolled in the Carpenter General
program at Cambrian College.

“I always liked working with numbers and putting
things together, so the course was best suited for
my talents.”

Currently employed with Pickerel Contractors Ltd., she
recently completed a contract job for the company.
“I loved it,” said the 27-year-old. “A little bit of everything
was involved, including major renovations, home
construction, and some basement renovations. There was
plenty of framework, drywalling, plumbing and other
types of construction work.

“Carpentry work is always a challenge,” continued
Chenoa. “But this type of work has always been in
my blood.”

Currently pregnant with her second child, Chenoa
is taking a small rest before resuming her career.

“I’m looking forward to motherhood again. I plan
on doing some light work for now, before returning
full time to do what I love. It’s the best of both worlds
– being a mother and working on new construction

                                                              The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

2005 Public Relations program

    n the fall of 1999, the Aboriginal Liaison Unit of the Greater
    Sudbury Police Service approached various Aboriginal elders
    and a variety of Aboriginal community agencies to discuss
the establishment of an Aboriginal Community/Police Advisory
Committee (ACPAC).

One of the goals of the committee included guiding the members
of the Greater Sudbury Police Service with regard to sensitivity
to Aboriginal issues. A recommendation to the committee was
to find ways to strengthen the Aboriginal liaison unit within the
service by recruiting more Aboriginal officers.
Enter Tracy-Leigh Nanibush.

Hired as an Aboriginal liaison assistant for the Greater
Sudbury Police Service last spring, Tracy-Leigh
produced a recruitment video to encourage Aboriginal
people to pursue a career in policing, which is now
being shown at various high schools in the north.

“As more and more Aboriginal people move into
urban centres, we have to adjust to meet their
needs. One way to achieve this is to have proper
representation on our police force and a more
comprehensive understanding of Aboriginal culture
and traditions among our police officers.”

Tracy-Leigh is of Ojibway ancestry and is a member of
the Wasauksing First Nation in Parry Island, Ontario.
She has a three-year Public Relations diploma from
Cambrian College as well as a B.A. in Communication
Studies from Laurentian University.

When talking about her job, Tracy-Leigh is thrilled to
be involved with Aboriginal Community/Police Advisory
Committee: “Programs like this are needed to break down the
barriers between Native youth and police. I can tell you first-
hand as a young Native woman, this program is working.”

The program is called Mkwa (Native for “bear clan”). It’s
designed to encourage more Aboriginal youth to consider careers
as police officers.

“Through my work with the Greater Sudbury Police Service, I
was able to realize and understand the need for more Aboriginal
officers in Northern Ontario, and in turn, appreciate my role here
even more.”

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                                        KERRI ROBICHAUD
                                          2003 Native Child and Family Worker program,
                                          2004 Public Relations – Graduate Certificate

                                                        hile studying to earn her diploma in the
                                                        Native Child and Family Worker program,
                                                        Kerri, now 26, became president of
                                               Cambrian’s Native Students’ Association (CNSA).
                                                  After earning her diploma, she decided to pursue a
                                                     graduate certificate in Public Relations.

                                                        “While I was president of CNSA, I figured it
                                                        would be worthwhile to continue my studies in
                                                         public relations,” says Kerri. “It certainly has
                                                          helped in my current profession as the out-
                                                           of-home respite coordinator for Child Care
                                                           Resources in Sudbury.”

                                                             “In 2005, when the position came up,
                                                             I saw it as a great opportunity. Today,
                                                             along with my staff, we work with autistic
                                                             students. I’m happy with the challenges
                                                            that come with the position. It can be
                                                            demanding at times, but overall, it’s a very
                                                           rewarding experience.” She coordinates
                                                          several services, including activities and
                                                          camps for children with special needs.

                                                         “There’s a lot of work involved in
                                                        coordinating activities for children ages 3 to
                                                       18 years. We have monthly outings and March
                                                       Break and summer camps throughout the year.”
                                                        As well as coordinating the programs, she’s
                                                        also involved with payroll and scheduling for a
                                                       team of approximately 20 staff.

                                                      “Just recently, I was assigned to coordinate a
                                                     special project program to assist youth with high-
                                                    functioning autism transition from elementary
                                                   to high school. In my job at Child Care Resources,
                                                 there’s some high energy at times, while other
                                               moments are more relaxed. It’s really a nice balance. It’s
                                              something I truly enjoy doing.”

                                                               The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

1990 Visual Arts program

          f Ojibwa/Scottish and French Canadian ancestry,
          Will is currently an artist and professor at Laurentian
          University and a part-time professor at Cambrian
College. Originally from Batchawana Bay, Ontario, he is a
member of the Michipicoten First Nation. While growing up
mostly in Sudbury, he’s been in pursuit of the creative spirit while
travelling throughout Canada, the United States, and England.

A professional in visual and performing arts, exhibiting
the unique mixture of media and culturally inspired
works, Will received his formal art training at
Cambrian College. After continuing his studies
at Sault College and Sudbury’s Laurentian
University, he went on to teach visual arts at
Cambrian College and Native cultural arts
at Sault College. He helped to develop a
new private university level arts school
– The White Mountain Academy of the
Arts in Elliot Lake. In contrast to his art
training, he has spent most of his youth
in the cadets and part of his early adult
years in the Reserves and the Canadian
Armed Forces.

Building a community is where Will
shows his strength as a leader. He offers
private instruction in various visual arts
media in his studio and has facilitated
Native cultural presentations with his
Creative Self-Rediscovery workshops
throughout North America and Europe.

He continues to provide opportunities for
local and young artists, and participates in
local festivals and other art and cultural events,
including the popular Northern Lights Festival
Boréal and the Fringe Nord Theatre Festival.

“I work to honor our ancient Shaman Artists
who painted the ‘Rock Art’ of Agawa Bay. As
an adult, I realized that I was continuing
in the same tradition with my art. Their
images have a message, tell stories, and
record history. Within my modern art,
I continued that tradition of images
with a message.”

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                                        JOSH RICKARD
                                        2006 Police Foundations program

                                               osh originally was considering a career as a paramedic,
                                               but changed his mind and decided to enrol in the
                                               Police Foundations program. “I have no regrets about
                                              my decision. It was a challenge that I truly enjoyed,”
                                               says Josh. “There were always new things to learn and
                                                 experience.” After graduating in May 2006, Josh
                                                  joined the Greater Sudbury Police Service as a
                                                   police officer.

                                                   Although Josh is new to the Greater Sudbury Police
                                                  Service, he is enjoying the challenge of learning a
                                                  new job. “There’s always plenty of room to grow,
                                                  and I’m looking forward to the many experiences
                                                 that come with the job.” At 22, Josh is aware of the
                                                challenges a police officer faces on a daily basis. “It’s
                                               important to take the job in stride. It is a great job
                                               though, especially if you really love helping people.”

                                              Born in Cutler, Ontario, Josh is pleased to now call
                                              Sudbury home.

                                                          The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

ELAINE JOHNSTON Wikwemikong Health Centre,
1977 Ambulance and Emergency Care program, 1979 Nursing program

      laine is the health services director for the Wikwemikong Health Centre,
      Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, Ontario. As director, she plans, directs,
      coordinates, and supervises the delivery of health care services
throughout the Wikwemikong First Nations area. The Health Centre is
unique in Canada as it includes a healing lodge with a resident healer.

Elaine’s spiritual name is Waaskonehkwe – Flower Woman. Her great
grandmother gave her that name after seeing her in a dream before she
was born. Elaine’s elders told her to think about nature and Mother Earth
to understand her name. Flowers are given as gifts for beauty, to those who
are grieving, and are used for medicinal purposes in her culture. Flowers are
seeds of healing and teaching. This is her purpose in life.

“I know that I am doing what I should be
doing by the many opportunities
presented to me, by the
invitations to speak and sit on
boards, by the requests to chair
the boards or committees, by the
letters that I receive thanking me,
and by the honour bestowed on me when
people call me or come to see me to ask for
advice, support, or healing. Most of all, I
know that I am successful when I have
that feeling deep in my soul that I am
doing my purpose in life. It is a feeling
I can’t describe.”

Cambrian College was where her education
experience began to open her eyes to an
array of opportunities. Being in the inaugural
Ambulance and Emergency Care program offered
by the College was stimulating, rewarding, and
opened new doors for her. As one of the first
graduates of the program, she was also the first
to be hired by the former Sudbury Ambulance
Service. Her prior education and her paramedic
experience served her well while completing
the Nursing program at Cambrian College
and during her on-the-job training in
the intensive care unit Sudbury General
Hospital. Elaine has over 29 years of health
care experience ranging from community
health nurse, nurse in charge, to air
ambulance paramedic and ship’s nurse for
the Canadian Coast Guard.

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  Our alumni

  Where Are They Now?
Debby Maheu                      John A. Geldart,
(Beauchamp),                     English-Sign Language
                                 Interpreter – 2001
Nursing – 1985

Cambrian College prepared        Right out of college, John
Debby for the nursing            was hired by the Canadian
profession by providing          Hearing Society as a youth
her with hands-on practice       employment counsellor where
and the knowledge and            he helped secure competitive
professionalism necessary        employment for Deaf and
for success in this field. She   hard of hearing students. For
started her career as a staff    the past five years, he has been        Eric Meyer,                       Ximena Ogalde,
                                 employed with the Toronto               Graphic Design – 2003             Access – 1998,
nurse on a surgical floor                                                                                  Microcomputer Business
at the Sudbury General           Catholic School Board and                                                 Applications – 1999,
                                 the Jewish School Board of              Eric works in Chiayi, Taiwan,     Microcomputer Maintenance and
Hospital, which helped her
                                 Toronto as an Educational               as a kindergarten teacher. Eric   Support – 2000,
to develop her organizational                                                                              Administrative Assistant – 2006
                                 American Sign Language                  endeavours to have a positive
skills. This was great
                                 (ASL) interpreter. John also            impact on his students and
preparation for Debby’s                                                                                    In 2001, Ximena obtained
                                 manages a business as a                 hopes his influence helps
next 13 years of experience                                                                                a position with Cambrian
                                 freelance ASL interpreter. Last         them to become valuable
as an Intensive Care Unit                                                                                  College as a teachers’ assistant
                                 year, John decided to return to         contributing members of
(ICU) nurse in trauma units                                                                                in the Microcomputer
                                 school to further develop his           society. Eric is also an artist
in Barrie and in Ottawa. She                                                                               Maintenance and Support
                                 skills. He is currently enrolled        and is currently working
then worked as an organ                                                                                    program. She worked for
                                 in his second year at York              on a new series of paintings
donor coordinator, in Toronto                                                                              the College for four years
                                 University working towards a            for a one-man show. He is
for three years and is now in                                                                              and then enrolled in the
                                 career as a teacher of the Deaf.        collaborating with a group of
a cardiac surgery ICU at the                                                                               College’s Administrative
                                                                         expatriate artists in Taiwan
Trillium Health Centre in                                                                                  Assistant program to further
                                 John’s passions outside of              for a combined exhibition.
Mississauga.                                                                                               her knowledge base and
                                 his career include football,            Eric’s work can be found on
                                                                                     employment opportunities.
Debby, her husband, and her      wrestling, watching the
                                                                                                           Today, Ximena is an office
three teenage children live      Maple Leafs with his dad, and
                                                                                                           assistant with McDowell
in Oakville. Debby believes      spending time with the love of
                                                                                                           Brothers Industries for their
nursing has always given her     his life, Niki.
                                                                                                           mining division in Sudbury.
excellent job opportunities in
each city in which they have                                                                                                Continued 
lived. Debby advises, “Your
diploma is one step towards
many opportunities this
world has to offer. The door
opens, but only you can take
that first step!”

                                                              The Grad — Volume 4 • Issue 1 • Spring 2007

                                                               Where Are They Now?
Karen Trenouth,                    Residence and Total Nursing         Leanna Valiquette,               protection – team #2 for
Personal Support Worker – 2002     Care Inc. Since graduating,         Social Services Worker – 1998    the Children’s Aid Society
                                   she has written two books on                                         of the Districts of Sudbury
Karen attended Cambrian            the murders attributed to the       After being employed as a        and Manitoulin, Manitoulin
College because she                serial killer known as Jack the     secretary for 10 years, Leanna   Island Office. With eight pets,
knew Cambrian had                  Ripper. The books, entitled         decided to return to school      two teenage children, and a
great professors, excellent        Epiphany of the Whitechapel         to pursue an education in        partner of 12 years, Leanna
programs, and a high               Murders and Jack the Ripper:        social work at Cambrian          enjoys gardening for some
graduate employment rate.          The Satanic Team, are self          College. The professors in       quiet time.
Karen truly feels she made         published and are available         the College’s Social Service
the right school and career        online.                             Worker program impressed
decision. For the past four                                            Leanna with their knowledge
years, Karen has worked as a                                           and willingness to assist
personal support worker for                                            students. Currently, Leanna
both The Breezes Retirement                                            is the supervisor of child

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The Cambrian College 2007 Varsity Athletes’ Reunion

 Welcome all Varsity Athletes
This three-day event will include:
   	 A	reception/social
   	 Student	vs.	Alumni	games
   	 Dinner	and	social

Sudbury, Ontario | Fall 2007
             For more information, contact:
             The Cambrian College Alumni Office
             (705) 566-8101, extension 7414

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