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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

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          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
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                                                                                                                                                                               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




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   MESSAGE	FROM	THE	PRESIDENT	&	CEO                                                                                                                                                                                                 MESSAGE	FROM	THE	CHAIR




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        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	                amurray@georgianc.on.ca
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.	




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   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,	




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       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.



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  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.



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   COVER	STORY



                                   by: Lesley Hain



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                                         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	




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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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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




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                                                                          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


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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
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             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.
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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




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      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




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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
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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: donate@georgianc.on.ca
                                                       A project of Georgian College Office of Development • www.georgianc.on.ca/foundation
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                                                                                                                                       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                         pculliac@telusplanet.net	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	
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                                                                                                                                                                                     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.                     bsterling@rogers.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	               brysonom@hotmail.com.	
                                                                                           Orillia	Campus,	1996                        to	hearing	form	any	1997	Research	
                                                                                                                                       Analyst	grads	at:	                                                                           employment Info:
                                                                                           A	big	hello	to	all	the	DSW	grads	of	
                                                                                                                                       helen.sheridan@mohawkcollege.ca.
                                                                                                                                                                                     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:
                                                                                           stephen.brake@sympatico.ca.	                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	fergroy64@hotmail.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.




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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.




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                                                                      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	


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   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	/	coopsupport@georgianc.on.ca
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	/	cboyko@georgianc.on.ca
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	rwong@georgianc.on.ca.




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   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.




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                                                                                                                                       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?




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