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Nurse, Activist, Author to Speak at SLC

St. Lawrence College welcomes Cathy Crowe, a long-time street nurse, to the Kingston campus on November 22, 2019. Cathy will be discussing her memoir, A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Memoirs of a Street Nurse, released summer 2019. 

Cathy is a frequent guest lecturer and commentator on subjects related to homelessness, housing, advocacy, activism and social justice.  

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including five honourary Doctorates in Law, Science and Nursing, an international Human Rights Award and the prestigious Atkinson Economic Justice Award. Cathy is also a ground-breaking author, Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out, and documentary filmmaker, Home Safe Calgary, Home Safe Toronto. Her work is the subject of a moving documentary, Street Nurse, by filmmaker Shelley Saywell.  

Cathy is a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, and she received the Order of Canada in 2018. 

For more information visit Cathy’s website: 

Event Details: 

November 22, 2019 

Time: 1 pm 

Location: St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus, Innovation Hub 

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome

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Our Programs: 

International Students Benefit From Work Placement Pilot Project 

A pilot program in Kingston for six international students in the Office Administration – Health Services program is bridging the gap between the classroom and skills needed in the workforce. The students are working in a simulated office environment, completing an 80-hour placement with support of their professor, Christine McCallum.  

The goal of the pilot is to the improve the confidence and employability skills of the students by completing tasks such as coordinating travel arrangements, providing event support, managing a Twitter account, a business phone line and email account, as well as managing a complex schedule for a busy clinician. 

“The pilot has been a great opportunity for the students. Through workplace scenarios that build on the skills and knowledge they have developed in the classroom they can use those skills in a workplace environment and build their confidence,” Christine said.  
“Many international students need more opportunities to practice their skills, especially their communication skills, before heading out on a community placement. This pilot project allows students to practice in a safe learning environment, with a placement designed specifically to support their needs, including one-on-one support and feedback.” 

Our Students:

Brockville Campus Hosts Ministry Announcement 

Ontario’s Minister for Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano, visited the Brockville campus on November 12 to make a major announcement of a new government policy to support more partnerships between Ontario’s public and private colleges in order to be more financially competitive. St. Lawrence has two existing such partnerships, one with Alpha International Academy in Scarborough, and one with Canadian College in Vancouver. 

Minister Romano was joined by the Honourable Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, as well as SLC President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt. 

The event was held in the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery and was standing room only. Several business and firefighter students were in attendance, and Minister Romano also enjoyed a tour of our new health sciences simulation labs with Campus Dean, Doug Roughton 

"The announcement is an exciting one," Glenn said. "We know the people who study at colleges in Ontario are driven, dedicated, and come from diverse backgrounds. These guidelines will allow us to continue to connect our students with an education that helps them be prepared for a rewarding career. When you consider that a large percentage of our students stay in our Eastern Ontario community after they graduate, we also know this is going to support industry and employers connect with the talent that they need to continue growing and succeeding." 

Read the full news release - here. | Press coverage - here

Photo credit: Sean Burns

Our Communities: 

SLC Hosts Workshop for Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, Monday, November 18, 2019 

Our students have the opportunity to participate in the Mayor's Innovation Challenge, a competition calling on teams of students from Kingston's post-secondary institutions to develop innovative proposals to address an identified challenge faced by the City of Kingston.  

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge provides a unique opportunity for current students or recent graduates to apply their knowledge to real-world issues and help shape the future of Kingston! The winning team members gain an opportunity to launch their careers by tackling an issue they’re passionate about, while working alongside municipal and academic leaders. 

What is the Mayor's Innovation Challenge? 

Kingston faces a series of complex challenges as we work toward our vision of becoming a smart, livable, leading city and is seeking solutions from student innovators. The Mayor's Innovation Challenge is a competition calling on teams of students from Kingston's post-secondary institutions to develop innovative proposals to address an identified challenge faced by the City of Kingston. The City, in partnership with Queen's University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College of Canada, has the honour of continuing to host this collaborative problem-solving platform and experiential learning opportunity now in its third year. 
Proposal Writing Workshop: 

Mon, 18 November 2019 

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  

Innovation Hub, St. Lawrence College 

Resister - here.  | More information - here

Food Pantry Friday - SLC's Basketball Double Header Game

SLC Athletics will be hosting a 'Food Pantry Friday' themed basketball double-header this Friday, November 15 on the Kingston campus at 6pm and 8pm. Staff, students, faculty, and the general public are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game. Admission is free, and for every item you donate you'll receive a ticket stub for a chance to win some food related prizing during the intermissions, such as our 'Gift Card Tree', which is made up of gift cards to food related businesses! Proceeds will be donated to the Student Association Food Pantry.