FLAP ART THE ART OF MESSING WITH PEOPLE’S MINDS ALUMNA RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD KIM BEGGS EARNS BERTH IN PRO LEAGUE GEORGIAN GRAD WINS PREMIER’S AWARD SPRING 2006, VOL 23 ISSUE 1 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR sPotLIGHt on GRADs contents W ell, 2006 has started off with a bang! Stephen Flowers, Georgian Business alumnus and our cover story from the last issue, has won Georgian’s second Premier’s Award. Congratu- 06 07 09 lations Stephen! This issue is chock full of incredible stories, starting with our cover story on Flap art, a thriving Internet business created by Michelle and Brian Watters. This inventive couple has created a whole new way of getting focuses on two of its graduates, Brittnee Hall and Chris Slik who are now you attention while reading your working in the field. favourite bestseller! Our very own Terry McNaughton, owner of the Ossawippi Express Dining Cars, And then there is a spotlight on our first graduating class of the Veterinary part-time faculty and Georgian Alum was featured on the Food Network show Restaurant Makeover this past fall. Get the inside scoop on Terry’s experience and 10 12 18 Technician program in Orillia which his restaurant’s transformation! And there are many more stories and features as always. Don’t forget that Blue Jays tickets are for sale, just a small reminder that spring is indeed on its way. 04 06 07 Keep in touch! MessAGe FRoM tHe PResIDent neWs FRoM tHe coLLeGe GRAD PRoFILes Andrea Murray W 6 oofs, meows, moos, chirps, 7 Stephen Flowers wins 05 bleats and whinnies Premier’s award MessAGe FRoM tHe cHAIR E 20 nhance your career through K 8 aren Mair receives prestigious Georgian college Tel: 705-728-1968 ext. 1213 research international award Alumni Association Fax: 705-722-5176 12 N 21 ew and exciting expanded K 9 im Beggs earns One Georgian Drive Barrie, Ontario L4M 3X9 GeoRGIAn coLLeGe GRADItUDe services for alumni berth in pro league T 18 erry McNaughton’s Photography stories Lesley Hain Howard Brox 16 Ossawippi Express Andrea Murray Rebbeca Truax GRAD GRAPeVIne Mark Hall Donna Douglas 10 Donna Douglas Mark Hall Mike Guibault Rob Wong 22 coVeR stoRY Lesley Hain Flap Art Printing Barrie Press Lisa Eveleigh ALUMnI VIeWs The art of messing with Joanne Cross Joanne Cross people’s minds 2 | alumni news, spring 2006 PUBLICATION NO. 40069524 PUBLICATION NO. 40069524 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR G I eorgian College achieved a notable milestone at t has been an invigorating start to the 2006 Alumni last June’s convocation when the total number of Association calendar year. Although the agenda pro- Georgian graduates surpassed the 40,000 mark. cess began in fall of 05, the Alumni Board has been This historic occasion, reflecting 38 years of growth and proactively tackling the strategic initiatives of today that innovation at the College, is a tribute to the special will enhance the alumni relationships of tomorrow. relationship the College has maintained with our alumni Moving forward in 06, your association new ways for our alumni to contribute over the years, thanks in large measure to the will seek to inspire and motivate more to the new philanthropic culture at alumni to stay connected to Georgian’s Georgian. As advocates for improving exceptional work and dedication of the Alumni success long after graduation. At opportunities to give back to the present we’re developing and improving College, the Board foresees exciting Association and its Board of Directors. relationship-building initiatives between new ways for the Alumni voice to With the growing number of graduates, however, comes the increased risk of yourself, the Alumni Office and the be heard. In a resource-challenged getting lost in the crowd; of losing that vital link with our alumni and, thereby, our College to further enhance the value environment, it is also important to past. Students in focus groups conducted as recently as this past fall continued to of your Georgian experience. Through note the outstanding co-operation and extol Georgian’s friendly and supportive environment where they are appreciated E-newsletters, improved Web services, support alumni initiatives receive from as individuals, and are Brian G. Tamblyn member R & D, capital campaigns Georgian’s senior management team. Howard Brox and new partnership programs, our Alignment of purpose at the strategic “Students in focus groups conducted as not branded as just a number. That sense of role and relationship with our alumni is level between the association and the alumni giving from the extended “connectedness” is vitally changing. College allows for greater chances for Georgian family has never been more important to Georgian, recently as this past fall continued to extol To achieve the long-term, higher success at educational excellence. valuable to the students of today and tomorrow. but it must continue to be as prized and as valued when the students have Georgian’s friendly and supportive environment education goals for Georgian, we’ve acknowledged and embraced the In the months and years ahead, consider the relevance and importance Kindest Regards, completed their studies and have entered the next where they are appreciated as individuals, important role our alumni will play in achieving that success. Honouring of your participation as unprecedented in the history of Georgian. The Howard Brox Chair phase of their life. and are not branded as just a number.” our graduates voice means finding opportunity to inspire a new era of Georgian College Alumni Association I have seen many examples of graduates wanting to maintain their relationship with the College, very often To find out more about alumni services, several years after having completed their studies. There may not be a more and to request an information package, notable example of the enduring affinity between Georgian and our students than you can contact our Alumni Officer, in the “Buy a Book” campaign that marked Georgian’s first ever appeal to our Andrea Murray, at alumni. To date, 244 graduates have made a commitment to this fundraising firstname.lastname@example.org effort, representing some $10,000 in new books for the libraries at each of the three main campuses. I want to personally thank those who have made or pledged Also, if you should happen to know a donation as your support is vital to Georgian’s ongoing growth and success. Part of other Georgian graduates who do of staying connected is honouring our obligation to keep our donors well informed not receive this magazine, it likely on the use and benefits of your donations, and we will provide ongoing updates means their information on the alumni through various media including this magazine. database is outdated. Please pass along Andrea’s e-mail address so they can “Connection” by its very definition must cut both ways. The College continues re-connect with Georgian. to work hard at strengthening and expanding the services and benefits that we provide to our graduates. As an alumni member, you are eligible for special Although Georgian is now more than rates and discounts involving an array of national programs covering the diverse 40,000 graduates strong, you will always spectrum of home and auto insurance; small business insurance; term life be more than just a number to us. insurance; accidental death and dismemberment; critical illness; dependent term Brian G. tamblyn life insurance; car rentals; and preferred rates at choice hotels. President and CEO The list of benefits extends into career support with online access to career Georgian College opportunities that include job postings and self-assessment tools. You are entitled to online library resources, an alumni E-newsletter, and we can assist you with graduate tracking and reunion planning. On the horizon is a new Affinity Card program, currently in progress. 4 | alumni news, spring 2006 PUBLICATION NO. 40069524 PUBLICATION NO. 40069524 www.georgianc.on.ca | 5 NEWS FROM THE COLLEGE GRAD PROFILE WooFs, “The atmosphere at Georgian was really nice. I liked the layout of the clinic and how everything flowed. It was very GeoRGIAn GRAD MeoWs, Moos, professional. The experience was really helpful in the work I do today,” said Slik. WIns PReMIeR’s cHIRPs, BLeAts and The $800,000 state-of-the-art facility at the Orillia Campus houses a veterinary teaching hospital, complete with AWARD S examination rooms. Students learn how to do X-rays, tephen Flowers, Georgian alumnus WHInnIes treatments, surgical assisting, anesthesia, blood work and a variety of real-world tasks. and president of UPS Americas, is by: Lesley Hain Slik was the only male accepted to the first year of the the winner of a prestigious 2005 program. As he grew up and worked on a farm in Hamilton, T hose are precious sounds to entering the veterinary field seemed a natural step for him. Premier’s Award for his contributions to students of Georgian’s Veterinary “The opportunities for Vet Tech grads are pretty much the business sector. unlimited,” says Slik. He hopes to work in sales within the Launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s Technician program. The program veterinary field in the future. Other opportunities for Vet Tech colleges, the annual Premier’s Awards for graduates of was launched in 2003 at the Orillia grads abound, including research, human pharmacy, livestock Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology honour management, diagnostic labs, racetracks and zoology. the important social and economic contributions that Campus and sent its first crop of fresh college graduates make to the province by presenting Hall is working at the Colborne Street Pet Hospital in Orillia, grads out into the world last fall – including which specializes in dogs and cats. As a child, Hall lived in awards in six categories. Brittnee Hall and Chris Slik. Both are cur- the country, but just had one dog and one cat. She’s enjoying Flowers is the first non-American ever being surrounded by animals these days, and might consider rently working at veterinary clinics where working with larger animals at some point in the future. appointed as an International President they spent time on co-op placements. “I’m doing such a variety of things here and I’m always in the 97-year history of UPS Stephen Flowers Slik is applying the skills he learned in the program every learning more. I’m monitoring animals under anesthetic, day at the Elmvale Veterinary Hospital. The veterinarian giving vaccines, bloodletting and admitting patients. The hands-on stuff at school was A 1983 graduate of Georgian in Business Administration, he works for has all same the Flowers worked part-time as a truck loader at the Barrie office up-to-date equipment Slik really good practice,” said Hall. of United Parcel Services (UPS) to help pay for his college used in the program, so The Vet Tech program was an intense education. Twenty-two years later at the young age of 43, he experienced a very entry into the animal care field, she Flowers is the first non-American ever appointed as an smooth transition into recalls. Students are in the program for a International President in the 97-year history of UPS – the the workplace. full two years, including co-op assignments world’s largest transporter of goods. during the summer months. While Flowers credits Georgian’s Business Administration program at the Orillia Campus clinic, they for providing him with a solid foundation in his career as a work with live animals supplied Canadian who has enjoyed unprecedented success with one by the local SPCA. of the world’s leading multi-national corporations. Despite It’s a tremendously popular a very busy and demanding schedule, Flowers has been program. In the first year, 400 actively involved in local and national charity and volunteer applications were received and work, particularly with the United Way in Canada and the only 40 students were chosen. United States. Potential students need high marks “Georgian College staff joins our more than 40,000 graduates in chemistry, biology and math to be in congratulating Stephen Flowers on his selection for the successful. 2005 Premier’s Award in the Business category,” commented “In terms of human medicine, Brian Tamblyn, Georgian President and CEO. “I could not students leave this program think of a more deserving candidate for this provincial being something between a nurse accolade, given Stephen’s outstanding career achievements, and a technologist,” explains including his global leadership with UPS.” Tine Curran, program co-ordinator. Flowers and the other winners received their Premier’s “Students love the extensive hands-on awards during a ceremony in Sudbury on Feb. 20. Each aspect of the program. It teaches them was presented with a framed certificate signed by Premier techniques they need, but it’s also Dalton McGuinty, a bronze medal designed by sculptor Dora warm and fuzzy. It’s a program that’s de Pédery-Hunt, and a $5,000 bursary, which they can direct really needed by the industry and to the college of their choice; just as Stephen did, graciously these students are in demand.” donating his to Georgian College. 6 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 7 GRAD PROFILE GeoRGIAn InteGRA DesIGn’s KIM BeGGs coLLeGe ALUMnA eARns BeRtH In PRo LeAGUe KARen MAIR T he gap between what “Integra takes design to the next level, it always businesses say they conveys the exact message you’re looking for.” ReceIVes PRestIGIoUs are and what they really are can be the big InteRnAtIonAL AWARD question mark in the G customer / provider relation- eorgian grad Karen Mair, CBC ship. Often, when somebody Radio’s Island Morning host, decides to purchase, it’s was recently awarded a gold with blind faith that they’re prize at the prestigious international making a good decision. Gabriel Awards. Kimberley Beggs, 28, owner of Karen was recognized for journalism surrounding the 25th Integra Design Studio, decided to anniversary of P.E.I’s Farmers Helping Farmers. She accepted close that gap in her field of graphic the Gabriel Award in Washington, D.C., during the fall of 2005 design by attaining the coveted on behalf of CBC Radio, Maritime Magazine and herself. Registered Graphic Design Professional designation. Kim is one of four graphic Karen graduated from Georgian’s Journalism program designers in the Barrie area who 20 years ago. She remains grateful to the College for possess this designation: two of those the onhands training she received, which led directly to are employees with Toronto firms, employment with CBC Radio, where she now hosts the Kim Beggs the third is Co-ordinator of Georgian morning show in P.E.I. College’s Graphic Design & Visual Arts In the winter of 2004, Karen accompanied a group of P.E.I. program. Hers is the first company in WHY Go tHRoUGH ALL tHIs? volunteers to East Africa. While in Africa, she filed reports Barrie region to achieve this status. “There’s a certain confidence that Kim has also teamed up with colleague back to Island Morning and CBC Prince Edward Island’s comes from being selected, judged and sign and electrical companies to website, capturing passionate stories of the agricultural When she initiated the arduous process recognized by leaders in my industry. submit a design for the City of Barrie’s advancements Farmers Helping Farmers made in Kenyan of joining the league of registered It’s a tangible qualification which my Corridor identification project. communities she visited. graphic designers, she knew it would clients will appreciate,” comments Kim. take time, energy and commitment “Integra takes design to the next level, Upon her return, several items on her visit to Africa aired She has already been contacted for as well as sheer skill to complete the it always conveys the exact message locally and nationally on CBC Television and CBC Radio, work through the RGD Professionals requirements. you’re looking for... a seamless including a half-hour documentary produced by Pat Martel website (www.rgdontario.com). integration of vision and design,” says for the regional program Maritime Magazine. “Kindred Spirits tHe eXPeRt-JUDGInG PRocess BeGGs’ PRoFessIonAL WoRK IncLUDes Jane Cocking, Community Relations in Kenya” aired on Maritime Magazine in March of 2004. InVoLVeD Co-ordinator at Royal Victoria Hospital d • esign of the Town of Port Established in 1965 by the Catholic Academy for • portfolio development, in Barrie. Hawkesbury Civic Centre banner art, Communication Arts Professionals, the Gabriel Awards • written examinations of wide scope, • enzyme Bio Surgery trade show G Kim graduated with honours from recognize outstanding achievement in television, radio and • professional references, banner material, Georgian’s Graphic Design program film through programming that uplifts and nourishes the in 2000 and opened Integra Graphic human spirit. International entrants for this award go through • an in-depth interview. S • outhmedic Trade Show banner art, Design in 2005. a highly selective process of preliminary screening and blue A final presentation to industry Y • ear of the Rooster project, Canada ribbon judging. Nominees are required to achieve high professionals completed the process. Post, standards of excellence in values, content, creativity, artistic Applicants must be graduates of three a • dvertising and promotional pieces quality, and technical quality. or four year design programs and for emerging businesses, Karen has a degree in Political Science from the University have at least four years of design work of Guelph, and recently received her Masters in Education at history before applying. Kim achieved b • usiness positioning for a number of U.P.E.I. She recently received a Peer Award from CBC for her her RGD status in May, 2005. new companies, work in East Africa. Karen is the daughter of Georgian College t • hree years anchoring the design Professor Emeritus David Mair. department at Flags Unlimited. 8 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 9 COVER STORY by: Lesley Hain Y ou’ve just invited the neighbour over for tea and were taking on the world, starting a never-before-seen product,” said Brian. retreat for a moment to the kitchen while she “The people at Georgian were fabulous. relaxes in the living room. She looks down to the Some of my best friends are the ones coffee table and her eyes transfix upon a book with a made while attending Georgian. It was similar to a fraternity. To this day, I still shocking title – How to Steal from your Neighbour and use the contacts I made there, to help Get Away with it. Beside that is a book called in my business career.” The Nutritional Benefits of Nose Picking. Brian believes FlapArt is a success because people love to laugh. When you return to the living room, it is (hopefully) filled with peals of uncontrollable laughter. “We all wish we could be comedians. It reminds us of the show Candid What your neighbour has just discovered is the wonderful world of FlapArt, the Camera. To shock a person without brainchild of Georgian alumni Brian Watters and his wife Michelle. hurting them is the absolute best.” Brian came up with the idea of humorous book covers “just messing around.” Leaving How to Steal from your “I like to play mind jokes on people. Michelle heard the idea, thought I was nuts, Neighbour on your coffee table or and said ‘let’s do it’.” How to Overcome Nymphomania in the bathroom can lead to some pretty FLAPARt Their top-selling covers worldwide are The Nutritional Benefits of Nose Picking, entertaining conversations. How to Murder a Complete Stranger and Get Away with It, Perfecting the Art of Fart Projection, Fast Track to Prison and How to Overcome Nymphomania. Most Bringing a copy of Do it Yourself sales have come from Canada, the US and Australia. Dentistry to the dentist is always fun! Reading Perfecting the Art of The product quickly gained worldwide fame. Its website, www.flapart.ca, was Fart Projection or How to Murder a launched on Oct. 13, 2005, and by Oct. 20, had close to a million hits. The Complete Stranger on the airplane or business has been featured on radio shows in England, Australia, Colombia, subway guarantees a seat to yourself. Ontario and Quebec, and on Rogers Cable and TFO. Giving your dad the book he wants for his birthday but changing the cover to tHe ARt oF MessInG WItH The product was in a gift bag for entertainers at the First Annual Earth to America How to Make your Mother a Porn Star Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. It was also chosen as one of GQ and Details will make him and everyone magazines top gifts for 2005. There are more than else present 15,000 websites talking about FlapArt laugh ‘til PeoPLe’s MInDs - just Google it. they cry. The book covers fit most standard- FlapArt sized hardcover books. They also fold to allows you accommodate other sizes – don’t worry if to create the folding is a little off people will be too an event busy laughing to even notice! and lets you Brian graduated from Georgian’s Canadian answer the Automotive Institute and believes the riddle, “Have marketing and economics skills he learned you ever there have helped FlapArt succeed. played with a stranger’s “They allowed me to utilize my education mind?” as a base to creatively launch FlapArt. We 10 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 11 GRADituDe A PublicAtion foR GeoRGiAn colleGe DonoRs Spring 2006 the DReAm neveR Dies Lloyd’s family and friends have made it their mission to ensure that Lloyd’s legacy continues. They know one of the most appropriate ways to remember him is by helping other S students achieve their goals by providing scholarships. Greg ometimes people have such a profound even remembers discussing the importance of scholarships with effect on us that we can’t imagine our lives Lloyd when they were studying at Georgian. Greg knew that it without them and then, without warning, was something that Lloyd really wanted to see happen. Now, his dream is being realized. we have to say goodbye. Greg helped Lloyd’s mom, Jean, set up the Lloyd Skeen memorial scholarship, first at Georgian and then, with help from others, they established the Dream Never Dies Foundation. In two short years the foundation has scholarships with three organizations Art Frank, President and CEO, Casino Rama, announcing generous financial including his church, the Mississauga contribution of $250,000 to Georgian’s Hospitality and Tourism programs Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. RAisinG funDs foR Development and Alumni will help us to build upon the success They will be growing their work to eDucAtion of our first alumni call campaign. Over $10,000 was raised to support new resources in the Library Commons. Alumni are encourage young people to enter the tremendously important to building our fundraising capacity as aviation field. For this reason, the next W they know the benefits of a quality education first hand. scholarship will be awarded in Peel elcome to the inaugural issue of Region for African Canadian students GRADitude. This donor publication Other successes include Casino Rama’s investment of $250,000 with an interest in Aviation. This, along with future scholarships, will be directed is meant to inform as well as thank to the Georgian Dining Room, the 23% membership growth of Governors’ Circle and the GM Campaign that raised $306,000 towards at-risk kids to encourage them to our donors. pursue their dreams. to complete the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning Raising funds for education is not a new idea. Universities and fundraising efforts. These are just some of our accomplishments. Graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida in 1999, left to right colleges across the country have a proud history of fundraising. There is still much work to be done and we are only just Lloyd Skeen, Greg Claxton, Tracy Schweitzer Greg was Lloyd’s friend for a long time and in some ways he’s Georgian College is no different; we are a fundraising organization. beginning to build the base that will make Georgian College a still tagging along. He is part of a group of friends and family Greg Claxton became friends with Lloyd Skeen in Grade 11 who believe in Lloyd’s vision that someone who knows their In the past we’ve raised millions of dollars and in the future we will strong fundraising organization. when they met at J.A. Turner Secondary School, which hosted passion should not be hindered by the lack of money. raise millions more. At Georgian, we raise money for a great cause Peel’s Regional Aviation Program. In describing their friendship, – education. Recently, we welcomed the fundraising consulting services of KCI. Greg says, “I latched on and he couldn’t get rid of me.” Together, “I ask myself all the time what Lloyd would say about the This is an internationally recognized consulting firm specializing they continued to study their passion of aviation at both foundation and our work, says Greg. I believe he would be Education is our future – it gives people options, builds in campaign feasibility studies. They are conducting over 85 Georgian College and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University proud of his mom. They were best friends. He really respected communities, contributes to the economy and makes our world interviews with our stakeholders to assess our readiness to fundraise in Daytona Beach. Now, even after the sudden death of Lloyd in his mom. I also always ask myself how much more can be done. better. This is a cause we are proud to represent. and the suggested fundraising goal. The study, to be complete 2003, Lloyd and Greg still remain connected. This helps me push forward.” by early summer, will give us a clear picture of our fundraising It is fitting that the launch of GRADitude is occurring now, as abilities and the steps needed to meet our goals. In the meantime Greg sees Lloyd as one of those rare individuals of whom you can Lloyd has proven that dreams don’t have to die and that, even this date also marks the one year anniversary of the Office of we continue to forge ahead raising funds to meet the needs of our only say good things. Greg paints an image of Lloyd. “He treated after death, our beliefs and good work can continue. If you Development. In the past year we have been building on the students. every person as an individual. He had friends of all backgrounds. would like more information about the Dream Never Dies great work of the Georgian College Foundation. There is almost All these changes bring us back to our focus – students and donors. He had a great smile and his laughter was contagious and would Foundation log on to www.thedreamneverdies.org. an entirely new staff in the Office of Development. The team is We are, as always, dedicated to the needs of you, our donor, and consume a room.” He was also a person who believed in dreams. focused on the fundraising goals set out for us in the College’s matching your needs to those of the students. The new donor His ultimate dream was to fly a 747 Jumbo Jet. Lloyd worked strategic plan. We’re accomplishing this in a few ways. We are newsletter, GRADitude, will help to ensure donors are informed. diligently to complete his goal of becoming a pilot and completed working closely with management, staff, students and donors to understand the needs of the college. Everyone at Georgian plays an This newsletter is included each issue of the Alumni Magazine and is also sent to over 1,500 Georgian College donors. We hope you university in 1999. Lloyd’s education experience was challenged by the financial burden of studying internationally. When he returned thAnk You G important part in fundraising, as everyone has ideas and links to enjoy the newsletter and look forward to receiving feedback. to Canada he was working towards retaining his Canadian Pilot’s the resources that will make us successful. eorgian College has reached license and paying off student debt. Tragically, he was not able to realize his dream but Greg strongly feels that with the right its $2 – million goal It is also for this reason that the staff in the Office of Development and the Alumni Office are now integrated. The amalgamation of support, Lloyd would have achieved his goal. for 2005/2006 Lisa Eveleigh, MBA, CFRE Director of Development Office of Development A project of Georgian College Office of Development www.georgianc.on.ca/foundation A project of Georgian College Office of Development • www.georgianc.on.ca/foundation d a waitS our l St or ud Alumni in Action e w e GeoRGiAn colleGe events n T th tS his fall Georgian College conducted its first Alumni appeal. The campaign raised $10,000 for resource G eoRGiAn clAssic material for the Library Commons. The Georgian Classic Golf Tournament Thank you to the Alumni who supported the 2005 celebrates its 19th year. Buy a Book Campaign. Your gifts are appreciated. Horseshoe Resort “i juSt wanted to Say that i’m very honoured to help out the Tuesday, May 30, 2006 alumni aSSoCiation and itS future StudentS at georgian College. Registration begins at 10 am thiS iS Something i normally don’t do but looking at how fi t $200 – Ladies, Men’s and Mixed Divisions georgian College Springboarded my Career in the graphiC deSign en rS induStry, it iS Something worth giving baCk to the College. thiS iS w t m You are invited to play a round of golf and support Georgian juSt a way of Saying “thank you.” e e St students. This event is a great opportunity to meet with your gerry lee - graphiC deSigner ne nv friends, enjoy a wonderful day of golfing while supporting our 2004 graphiC deSign graduate ed y ou r i awards and scholarships program for future Georgian students. Fees include: Alumni mAke A DiffeRence to ouR stuDents - YouR leGAcY continues. • green fees and cart • lunch, gourmet dinner (with wine) and awards gala Karri Albert Reg and Brenda Dryden Joan Jones John Michaud Dana Romanish • on-course food and beverage Mike Apostolopoulos Patricia Dunn Henry Kelly Jones Wanda Michie Andrea Roome-Cameron John Battaglia Jean Dymond David and Susan Juneau Mike Guilbault Cindy Rosval • great participant’s gift package Dorothy Bourdon Terri Edmonstone Bob Kennedy Photography Shawna Rowe • celebrity guests Ted Boynton Monica Eriksen Susanna Oradee Barbara Moore Bruce Rowlandson • driving range with pro input Jeffrey Breau David Eveleigh Khaiyanun Richard Morano Amarjit Ruprai • many more contests and prizes Lorraine Brunelle Captain Andrew Ferris Gwendolyn Kirk Stephen Murch Marco Ruscitti • live and silent auctions featuring golf packages Brunner’s Auto Service Cheryl Fotherby Donald Laceby Jeffery Murphy Dale Rutherford and other exceptional items Carol Bullis William Fountain Gerry Lee Andrea Murray Michelle Schalich Dave Burton Joyce Fraser Donald Lighthall Lynn Nadeau Inge Scott Register by phone at (705)728-1968 ext. 1214 or register online Susan Byrne Tracie Gardiner Gary Lloyd Lori Neilly Esther Spencer by visiting our website: http://www.georgianc.on.ca/foundation/ Mick Caldwell Richard Garnett Julian Low Jr. Joycelyn Nethersole Daniel Spitzig classic/form.htm Cameron Carbert Cindy Gibbings Anthony MacDonald Ryan Nolan Jennifer Stiff Darrell Carew Lorne Gibson Joanne MacDonald Aniko Olah Art & Janet Storey Derrick Carmichael Charlene Graham Kyle MacDonald Philip Omielczenko Kevin Sullivan J oin the GoveRnoRs’ ciRcle Brian Cathline Jean-Luc Charbonneau Paula Graham Robert Greer Cathy MacVittie Gary Manuel Seok Ong Cynthia Osborne Cindy-Lou Switzer Alice Tsang The Governors’ Circle is a great opportunity to become a Lesley Chenard Denise Hand Matthew Manuel Jennifer Pakulak Joanne Tawton special part of the success of Georgian College. An annual Please contact Rebbeca Truax, Senior Development Officer, in Wendy Clark Sarah Haskett Sandra Marra Leo Parent Sam Tibbitt gift of $1,000 or more for five years makes you an important the Office of Development at 705-728-1968 ext. 5446 to discuss Ann-Marie Collins Tricia Hayden Kevin Martin Freda Poirier Monique Vaillancourt part of a circle of leaders dedicated to meeting the needs of students. becoming a part of the Governors’ Circle. Randy Corneau Beverly Herd Rick McCombie Edward Posnik James Van Overbeek Russell Coull Brinda Higgins Sandra McCrindle Tim Priebe Rob Vandermey D Funds raised through the Governors’ Circle respond to the most Dan Crowe David Higgott Patti McDonald Janine Priest Leanne Versteegen immediate needs of the College, as determined by the Foundation ream CatCherS gala at Cindy & Jay Daley Gwendolyn Horner Stephen McIntosh Projects Plus Neil Ward Board. Your commitment enables us to respond immediately as CaSino rama Peter Devenish Howie Brox Judy McKee R C Taylor Consulting David West Margherita Di Ilio Kathy Hunt Donna Lynn McLaughlin Richard Racette Bill Wilson students’ needs change. For example, your donation may purchase Friday October 27, 2006, 6:30 pm Joyce Diano Christina Hurst Dave McLean Diane Reid Worth Manufacturing new equipment and other learning resources, or enhance our Mary Dickson Lori Johnson Shelley McMurray Kathy Rohde Awards and Scholarships program. Do you believe that dreams really can come true? Join us for an evening of magic and grandeur at the Casino Rama Hotel. The PleAse be GeneRous when ouR stuDent funDRAiseRs cAll to Ask foR YouR suPPoRt. Your pledge makes it possible for Georgian students to graduate Silvernightingale Ballroom is the ideal setting for this gala black with leading edge skills required to keep our students competitive tie dinner. This is an exclusive opportunity to support awards and and our economy strong. scholarships. Special guest the Honorable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will join us for the evening. We are grateful for the long-term vision of the members of our Governors’ Circle. By becoming a member of the Circle, you are Please consider approaching your company or any companies you ffice of DeveloPment otAff contAct infoRmAtion s making an ongoing commitment to a core requirement of Georgian’s know who might wish to support Georgian College’s awards and Lisa Eveleigh, mba, cfre, Director of Development, ext. 1212 Joanne Speers, Donor Relations Coordinator, ext. 1214 future and becoming part of a dedicated group of leaders with the scholarships by attending this wonderful event. Diz Gamble, Development Assistant , ext. 1210 Hank Thibideau, Manager, Donor and Community Relations, ext. 5284 vision and commitment to support our students into the future. Andrea Murray, Alumni Officer, ext. 1213 Rebbeca Truax, cfre, Senior Development Officer, ext. 5446 For more information please contact Rebbeca Truax, Senior Christine Redfern, Awards Officer ext. 1211 As a gesture of our appreciation, we will recognize you with a lapel Development Officer in the Office of Development at pin and an invitation for you and a guest to attend our elegant (705) 728-1968 ext. 5446. Governors’ Circle dinner held annually in the Georgian Dining Office of Development - Georgian College Room, hosted by our culinary students. 1 Georgian Dr., Barrie, ON L4M 3X9 Telephone: (705) 728-1968 ext. 1210 • Fax: (705) 722-5176 Email: email@example.com A project of Georgian College Office of Development • www.georgianc.on.ca/foundation send us your latest and greatest GRAD BUsIness ADMInIstRA- ResoRt AnD HoteL GAs/Hso of the time, but it is almost time for a experiences and photos so we 30-year reunion! If you are interested can pass them on to the MAnAGeMent/GeneRAL Julie Derocher (Hanvey) in catching up please e-mail Carol at tIon-AccoUntInG “old Gang.” GRAPeVIne ARts AnD scIences/ Barrie Campus, 1987 firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Box Don Hutton, B.ed., MBA, cGA DeVeLoPMentAL Julie was married in 1991 to Chris and 23, Atmore, AB, T0A 0E0. She hopes Barrie Campus, 1987 Personal Info: they have since had one son, Jared, to hear from you soon! seRVIces WoRKeR born 1999. She is working for the Don accepted a position as full-time Name ___________________________ faculty in the School of Business & IT toURIsM MAnAGeMent Vicky sterling (nee: Readman) Windsor Regional Cancer Centre and Jan Groen Woud at Durham College in August 2005. On Program ___________________________ Program? Campus? , 1991 Campus ________ Year ____________ Patrick Geary Barrie & Orillia Campus 1986/91/93 Windsor Regional Hospital, where she October 29, 2005 Don graduated from Barrie Campus, 2004 is the manager of Health Information Jan lives in the Netherlands, in the Laurentian University with a Masters of Address ___________________________ Vicky would like to say “hi” to the hotel Services for the Cancer Centre and town of Voorhout, and is interested in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Postal Code _______________________ Patrick is currently working and living in and resort management group from the manager of coding/abstracting and hearing from any CAI alumni. Phone ___________________________ North Bay as a sales representative for 84-86 and the DSW gang from 91-93. Molson Canada. She hopes that everyone is great and medical transcription for the Windsor BUsIness GeneRAL Grad Grapevine keeping busy. She has been married Regional. Julie would like to say hello ReseARcH AnALYst Matt Bryson cULInARY MAnAGeMent for 17 years, and has three children. to her friends from her grad year and to all who played on the girls Grizzlies Helen sheridan Barrie Campus, 2002 I would like the following to be included in the next issue: __________ Vicky was a stay-at-home mom for 10 Barrie Campus, 1997 Andre Blanchet Basketball team that year. Georgian Matt is currently in his last semester _________________________________ Barrie Campus, 2005 years after graduating from DSW, and is Helen and her family have moved now employed with the Simcoe County College was a great experience for Julie of his BA in History, which he is taking _________________________________ If any Georgian Culinary students and was definitely a stepping stone to to Hamilton, where she is working through Laurentian at Georgian. Matt _________________________________ District School Board as an Educational at Mohawk College as a Research would like a job at the Fairmont Royal Assistant. Vicky would love to hear where she is today. would also like to announce his recent _________________________________ York Hotel, get in contact with Andre Systems Analyst. It’s a great job engagement to Sarah Lawrence. _________________________________ how people are doing. Her e-mail is reporting to Peter Dietsche, the VP Blanchet at 647-436-2176. email@example.com. DeVeLoPMentAL seRVIce of Research, Commercialization and He hopes all is well with his old _________________________________ classmates and if anyone would like _________________________________ WoRKeR Institutional Quality, a new area at to contact him please email him at Kelly Brake Mohawk. She would look forward firstname.lastname@example.org. Orillia Campus, 1996 to hearing form any 1997 Research Analyst grads at: employment Info: A big hello to all the DSW grads of email@example.com. DesIGn ARts-WeAVInG & Position ________________________ 95/96 from Kelly. She is now married with three kids, and working at a school teXtILes III Address ________________________ in Thornbury. At the end of September sURVeY tecHnIcIAn Anne Boudreau Postal Code ________________________ Barrie Campus, 1984 Phone ________________________ Kelly and her family moved to Thompson Manitoba, for two years. She Marion Woodrow Anne and her family have recently would love to hear from Wendy, Wayne, Owen Sound, 1982 moved to Yellowknife, NT. The name of person who can and Ginny. Her email is: Marion went from land surveying countryside is beautiful and the city is always contact you: firstname.lastname@example.org. to furniture finishing to plastics a great place to live. She is still weaving Name ________________________ Kelly hopes you are all doing great. manufacturing. Marion has spent the her loom which survived the 6000 Address ________________________ Cheers, Kelly Brake. last 15 years railroading with Canadian kilometer trek from New Brunswick. Postal Code ________________________ National and is presently in Edmonton. She would love to hear from any of my Phone ________________________ DIPLoMA nURsInG Marion would like to wish everyone the former classmates. very best. no address is given out without the Kerry Ferguson JoURnALIsM consent of the individual Orillia Campus, 1986 nAUtIcAL Randy Butineau In accordance with Section 39(2) of the Hello all from class of 1986. Kerry is David Avey Barrie Campus, 1983 Freedom of Information and Protection Act wondering if there is interest in a Owen Sound Campus, 1978 Randy would like to say hi to the print 1987, the personal information recorded on this 20-year reunion for this summer. If so form is collected under legal authority of the she would like start working with her Following nine years in Vancouver as and broadcast journalism graduating Colleges and Universities Act RSO 1980, c. 272 classmates on it. Kerry knows of the operations manager with the Pacific class of 1983, and hopes everyone is and PRO 1980, Reg. 640. whereabouts of seven other grads, but Pilotage Authority, David has returned doing well! The information is used for administrative, fund- there are probably a lot more to find. to Ottawa. He is working as a senior raising and statistical purposes of the Alumni E-mail Kerry at email@example.com marine inspector in the Design, Office, the Georgian College Foundation, and Thanks. Equipment and Boating Safety Division Georgian College. of Marine Safety. When a senior carol Ulliac (nee: Duff) inspector from the Toronto office was Barrie Campus, 1976 Your update keeps our records assigned to work in headquarters for up-to-date, so if long lost friends Carol would like to send greetings to a few months, he was surprised to all of her classmates. She does not want to find you we can contact you see Murray Helwig, a classmate from know if you have been keeping track Georgian, show up! to let you know. 16 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 17 GRAD PROFILE 210 Mississaga St E, Orillia ON | 329-2001 | owned since 1990 | 10 rail cars | 1922 CPR Observation and bar car renovated Terry McNaughton Ossawippi Express Don’t give me hardwood floors, and don’t paint my wood! With those requests, Terry McNaughton handed over a chunk of change and walked out of the restaurant he’s owned for 16 years. H is $20,000 was matched by the Ossawippi ‘made over’ by this public team. They discarded everything he asked them to keep. But their commitment Food Network and the Restaurant to increase business by 25-30% has held true. People are Makeover team of Robin DeGroot, coming to eat in the makeover car! When the show aired last fall, it showed Terry in all his fear, nervous to have his ‘relic’ designer, and chef David Adjey, moved in tampered with. New customers have come from Midland and Newmarket and local clientele who were sporadic visitors with local and imported build crews as the have become regulars. Ossawippi underwent its transformation. It It was the ultimate risk for a businessman steeped in was money he couldn’t afford to spend. It tradition. Terry said it has kickstarted a renovation that will systematically travel through each of his 10 rail cars. His was money he couldn’t afford not to spend. wedding and event business will benefit as well his fine For seven days, Terry was banished from his restaurant while dining, catering, and regular clientele. the Restaurant Makeover team moved in to transform one What has he learned? One size. Offer one size of dishes of the rail cars in his unique waterside train restaurant in so he can control quantities in the kitchen. He can bring downtown Orillia. back old favourites--dishes his customers are missing--as A Georgian grad himself (XXXX) Terry kept himself busy by occasional specials. completing lesson plans for Georgian Hospitality students. Terry also admits the experience has given him a new hands- He visited his family in eastern Canada. He left behind his off appreciation for his chef, Chris. He’s going to leave him devoted chef Chris Buurs who took the brunt of the menu alone to soar to his potential. transformation of the Ossawippi Express. At the hands of David Adjey, food designer, Chris found his menus, his “I’m excited,” says Terry. The next makeover project will be ingredients, and his food preparation style under tough the Hungerford car, flooring, ceilings, linens, chairs. criticism, all done in the public eye of television lights and camera. Gone was the Gordon Lightfood special. Gone were Terry has added new promotional materials and started the generous selection and portion sizes. Gone was much of cabaret dinner shows and murder mysteries along with the menu that Chris had developed. wine tasting gourmet dinners. The restaurant has a new website, www.ossawippi.com. The restaurant is living up to its And gone were the fabulous wooden walls and ceilings of slogan... fine dining with a historical experience. the antique bar car. Out went the antique chairs... in came leather. Out went the pink tableclothes and tired artificial flowers... in came crisp white, square plates, clean lines, square vases with water and arty real flowers. Out went the antique carpetting... in came hardwood flooring, complete Bravo Terry! with potlights in the floor. Out went the antique suitcases, hat boxes, and travelling paraphernalia. Terry risked his restaurant and its income to have the www.georgianc.on.ca | 19 NEWS FROM THE COLLEGE enHAnce YoUR cAReeR tHRoUGH ReseARcH by: Rob Wong NEW AND EXCITING EXPANDED SERVICES FOR ALUMNI! I n the winter and spring I receive toUGH DecIsIons LeAD to GReAteR oPPoRtUnItIes I dozens of inquiries about the Georgian Returning to school is a difficult decision when you add t doesn’t matter how long AssIstAnce WItH: leaving a job and a paycheque. The uncertainty of the College Research Analyst program marketplace and the school environment need to be it’s been since you left Hiring staff – for full time employees, salary negotiations and statistics co-op placements, part-time and/or (RAP) at the Barrie Campus. As RAP is considered as well. So the question of whether the move was Georgian College, we at seasonal, and internships. Job development a good choice for the two students remains to be answered. a post-graduate program, you might Co-operative Education and Posting jobs for Georgian students/grads Workshops for individuals or your Christina is happy with her decision to return to school. “I company expect to find only recent graduates from have gained both theoretical and practical knowledge. I Career Services are here Assistance in finding a job Graduate registration colleges and universities. However, the also appreciated the experience of working through the full to assist you. Whether it’s starting your own business research process.” career fairs reality is that two-thirds of our applicants an updated resume for job Government subsidies Eric felt like a “kid in the candy store.” “It has been Mentors have been in the workforce for several invigorating! I feel younger than ever. I see more career transition or Skill Testing for Job search strategies possibilities than I have in years. In addition, I have made WsIB information years and want to learn research skills to a career change, OR if you Graduate employment rates new friends and new career connections,” says Eric with enhance their careers. a big smile. “Many things that I’ve learned in RAP I have are looking to hire co-op been familiar with but I have never taken the time in my This year is no exception. Of the 29 students in the program, previous job to give them focus and go beyond the superficial students or graduates, we Call/click/or Come in to: Co-op Central: 705.728.1968 / firstname.lastname@example.org more than 20 have come to Georgian as mature students knowledge.” are here for you. Here is a Graduate Employment: 705.728.1968 x 5271 / email@example.com who have work experience since their undergraduate degree or diploma. No doubt, most career folk have some form of LIFe AFteR RAP list of services that you can Georgian College – Founder’s Building, room B110 learning to satisfy an interest and to enhance your career, Our two students could be any one of us in the research ‘tap into’ free of charge. sPonsoReD BY YoUR ALUMnI DePARtMent and like you, these people enjoy learning. I would like to industry. Many of us can relate to the trepidation of returning share some of my conversations with two mature students in to school. Both students had several characteristics in the Research Analyst program. common. Research was a latent desire of theirs and they WHY Go BAcK to scHooL? wished to enrich their skills to enhance their careers. They discovered that the fear of learning had turned into What motivates a person to return to college or university marketable and transferable skills and that the research after many years away? The thought of school, the classroom, industry offers many encouraging opportunities. Finally, they and homework is different for a student who graduated two agree that learning is lifelong and this is just a stop along years ago to one who graduated, let’s say, several years ago. their journey. Christina Lai made her decision from the other side of the Christina and Eric, we wish you success in your exciting world, Hong Kong. She completed her Sociology degree at careers in the research industry. McMaster University in 1997. Christina moved to Hong Kong and worked in the marketing research industry. “After a few ReseARcH AnALYst PRoGRAM At GeoRGIAn coLLeGe years, I felt that I needed to enhance my skills and learn more • 11-month post-graduate program about this ‘research’ industry,” remarked Christina. “And when I found Georgian’s Research Analyst program in Barrie • Fall intake for 30 students and it was close to my parents, it was a double bonus.” • 12-week industry internship Jeff Cole was a high school teacher for nine years with the • Careers in social and marketing research Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. His career hit a low point when he was on strike for 20 days; this was • 95% placement rate in industry his third labour strike in six years. He wanted to expand Robert Wong, is the Co-ordinator, Research Analyst program, his horizons after that. Jeff applied to both the University Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Robert has co-ordinated of Toronto’s Institute of Studies in Education for a Masters the RAP for nine years and has taught for 10 of the 13 in Education and the Georgian College, Research Analyst years since the program was launched. He specializes in program. Accepted into both, Jeff made his decision based tourism research, yet loves to dip his toes into other research on two factors: a closer commute from Orillia and the applied challenges. He can be reached at (705) 728-1968 ext 1019 nature of the Research Analyst program. or firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 21 ALUMNI VIEWS WItH A LIttLe HeLP FRoM MY FRIenDs... Despite the years leading up until then were really stimulating for my career, I experienced personal too. Towards the end of 2000 my long-term relationship ended and six weeks after My career makes sense to me now. Lack of focus? No way! Even though the destination was in my own backyard, the journey was a long (and fun) one! It started with Co-op and by: Joanne cross that, I lost my best friend to cancer. I realized life is short continues with co-op and it’s been awesome all along. T and at 24 years old, there were other things that I wanted to “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed he journey never ends. Before I came to still had no real career path ahead. experience besides work. by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did I’d been working as a student in a Georgian, I was enrolled in the Tourism and union environment at the College and In January 2003, I resigned my position at Georgian. I had been do. So, throw away the bowlines and sail away from the working an additional part-time job to save, save, save and I safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your soul. Explore. Hospitality program at a Toronto college. getting hired as a full-time permanent boarded a plane headed for the South Pacific. I didn’t know Dream. Discover.” employee seemed out of reach. I moved to the Simcoe County area to complete how long I was going, or what I was going to find, but I knew I ~ Mark Twain. Somehow, I always seemed to enjoy had to go. Thankfully, a good friend decided to come with me my final work term at a local area resort. I had decided on working and usually landed on my and we embarked on the expedition of a lifetime. tourism because in high school I enjoyed taking courses in feet, but just couldn’t seem to find geography and I had no idea what else you could do with an my calling. After several career assessments and long conversations Joanne is a Georgian graduate education related to that, other than be a geography teacher with my friends, my family and my co-workers, all we could come up of the Office Administration or an urban planner – no thanks! Once I got out on my co-op work term, I realized the hospitality industry was with was that I enjoyed what I was doing, but none of us could really program and is employed in the not for me. I decided to go back to school. During my early college years, I worked part-time in a law firm in downtown Toronto. My courses related to identify what I was doing. I was once told I had lack of focus and that hurt! Career Centre as an international You know when Dr. Phil talks about human resources and marketing were my strength. I decided to take the Office Administration program at Georgian College and get a “regular” 9 to 5 job. That those defining moments? That was co-op consultant. wasn’t really me either. one of them for me. Lack of focus? What the heck did that mean? There In four months, we explored parts of Singapore, Seoul and Because of my first college diploma, I was exempt from a cluster of courses at are so many career options out there. Eastern Australia and made some long-lasting friendships. Georgian, so decided to look for part-time work on campus to fill in my long breaks I wanted to be open to whatever From hiking, sea kayaking, boating on the South China Sea, between classes. I became a Job Search Coach. I worked with other students opportunities came my way before I sailing, surfing to skydiving over the ocean, I can truly say that settled down. I was a good employee I experienced some things that I never thought I would. Now I I had the opportunity to get involved in who followed through and challenged fully understood my passion for geography and other cultures. and alumni to assist them with their a range of projects including delivering myself. Why did my lack of focus It all started to make sense. I returned home four months later résumés, cover letters, job search workshops. My skill set was growing matter to anyone else? and my bank account was empty. techniques and interview preparation. and I really After graduation, I returned to My new focus was on international opportunities, and believe enjoyed what I Georgian on a contract basis and it or not, I found them at Georgian, once again. A full-time did. The variety of delivered the Women in Skilled Trades permanent position was offered to me as an Administrative my tasks, working (WIST) program that was funded Assistant in the International department. A year later, with people by the Ontario Women’s Directorate I began a brand new position as an international co-op and helping consultant and I love it! (OWD). My responsibilities included them achieve administrative functions from budget their goals, was My work involves working with international students looking tracking to support for faculty, planning rewarding for me. for co-op jobs in Canada, Canadian students interested events and field trips and even the That summer I in working abroad, teaching workshops, networking with opportunity to teach Workplace worked as the employers, and working very closely with Georgian’s co-op Readiness to assist the students in Summer Jobs department at our campus in Mohali, India. preparing for the world of work. Not Service Co- only was I teaching a group of 40 My travels since I’ve returned from Australia have been ordinator and women, some of whom were 20 years limited to Canada and the USA. My quest for adventure, delivered the my senior but there more exciting travel and working with various cultures and people grows government funded program to opportunities presented themselves everyday. I think my position has the potential to be the best connect students to me. Georgian was selected out of job there is at Georgian. Time will tell, as things grow and with employers several Ontario Colleges to represent develop, but I’m confident, we’re on the right track (or trail, for summer jobs. the OWD at the Queen’s Jubilee Tour whatever you want to call it). After two years to Toronto in 2002. At Exhibition at Georgian, I Stadium, four WIST students and I was ready for presented to the Queen of England. graduation and How cool is that? 22 | alumni news, spring 2006 www.georgianc.on.ca | 23 Catch Exciting Blue Jays Baseball This Summer! Great Seats Up To Only $20. 00 Jays vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays Sunday April 9, first pitch is at 1:07 • Russ Adams Kids T-Shirt giveaway • First row tickets available! Jays vs. Defending World Series Champions, the Chicago White Sox Sunday May 28, first pitch is at 1:07 • Vernon Wells Bobblehead giveaway day Jays vs. Detroit Tigers Saturday June 10, first pitch is at 4:07 • Club Seats with cushioned chairs and cup holders available! Jays vs. Inter-League rivals the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday July 2, first pitch is at 1:07 • Blue Jays Sports Bag giveaway Jays vs. Kansas City Royals Friday August 25, first pitch is at 7:07 • First row tickets available! Please contact Matt Bryson at 705-728-1968 ext. 1616 for further details. *All seats are in the Field Level Bases, except for June 6th, which are Club Seats in the Club 200 level. There are only 20 tickets available for each game so act quickly!