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An update on SLC in Five – Strategic Initiatives

In implementing SLC in Five, SLC wants to respect existing resources and workloads and take a balanced approach as we move forward.

In order to help prioritize, there has been a change to how strategic initiatives – which are undertakings that transform what or how we do things and align to the objectives of our strategic plan – are confirmed. Several strategic initiatives have already been identified based on work begun in prior years and based on feedback from the student, staff, and faculty engagement sessions SLC conducted. These initiatives are listed below with the lead contact for each, and reason for prioritization explained.  

SLC Strategic Initiatives for Year One 2019/2020

The following initiatives were created in prior years and continue to directly support objectives in SLC’s new strategic plan. They are prioritized so we can finish what we have started.

1. Downtown Kingston Campus, Executive Sponsor: SVP Academic, Lead: Shannon Claggett

2. ERP Strategy, Executive Sponsor: SVP Corporate Services, Lead: Curtis Bennett

3. Learning Space Design, Executive Sponsor: SVP Academic, Lead: Andre Leger

4. Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being, Executive Sponsor: VP Student Affairs, Lead: Rick Anderson (interim) and Elaine Armstrong

5. Innovative Program Design, Development, & Delivery, Executive Sponsor: SVP Academic, Lead: Dean, Program Planning, Development & Renewal

6. Internationalization Change Management, Executive Sponsor: VP International, Lead: Ining Chao

7. Apply Sustainable Practices Across Programs and Operations, Executive Sponsor: SVP Corporate Services, Lead: Beth Sills

The following initiatives are priorities identified by students, staff, and faculty during engagement sessions that helped shape our new strategic plan. They are priorities because they are what our communities feel is important.

8. Workforce Stability, Executive Sponsor: VP Human Resources, Lead: Trish Appleyard

9. Service Improvements Based Upon Student Needs, Executive Sponsor: VP Student Success, Lead: Janet Greer

These initiatives support SLC’s engagement with external community and can help our college be recognized at a municipal, provincial, federal, and global level. They are prioritized as they can help SLC actively participate in communities outside our campuses.

10. Global Alumni Network, Executive Sponsor: SVP, Strategy, Communications, and Advancement, Lead: Rob Zuback

11. Centre for Continuing and Professional Education, Corporate Training and Lifelong Learning, Executive Sponsor: SVP Academic, Lead: John Conrad and Doug Roughton

As next steps, each strategic initiative will have an action plan created, that will include tasks to monitor, measure, and report on success. More information on these initiatives will be shared on an ongoing basis throughout the year, in meetings, messages, and updates to the website

SLC Innovation Fund

In order to provide opportunities for new ideas and initiatives and to support our value of innovation, SLC has created an Innovation Fund with a budget of $50,000. This Fund is intended to foster creative thinking and ideas that can help SLC succeed while maintaining focus on our students, our people, our programs, and our communities. The following parameters will guide how the Fund is allocated:

  • Ideas submitted for the Innovation Fund need to align to SLC’s strategic plan
  • The Fund is open to all employees
  • Successful ideas that are submitted will cost less than $2,000 
  • Ideas that are picked to move forward will not require IT support
  • Ideas must be able to be completed/delivered by March 31, 2020
  • Ideas should take less than two months to complete, meaning they are not long-term

The Fund is not intended to replace other larger-scale strategic initiatives however it is hoped that between the Fund and the already-confirmed priorities, we have a manageable workload for internal teams. Anyone wishing to propose a strategic initiative that does not meet the parameters of the Innovation Fund is invited to contact Janet Greer. More information on how to apply and details on criteria for the Fund will be provided shortly.

Please remember to refer to for updates and information on the college’s strategic plan. There are dedicated plasma screens on each campus that also share updates and information about SLC in Five, and anyone with questions is welcomed to email for assistance.

Our People:

SLC In Our Community

Joining the ‘Fun” at Kingston Family Fun Fest

SLC was a part of the fun during the Kingston Family Fun Fest on Sunday September 8th. SLC staff and bursary students welcomed visitors with games, free giveaways, swag, and program information. Visitors stopped by the booth inquiring about our programs for Fall of 2020 and seeking general information about the college.

Cycling to Give Back to Our Community

This past weekend, SLC was the Route Sponsor for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation charity event LifeCYLCE. LifeCYCLE is more than a cycling event – it’s a fundraising event, focused on giving back to Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care. The University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) relies on the generous support of the community to provide patients and their families with innovative and compassionate care that is close to home. Our President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Elaine Armstrong both participated in the event completing over 150 km combined. 

Know of an upcoming event SLC will be at? Share the event or story with us!

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Our Programs: 

St. Lawrence College Plays a Key Role in Restoring a Piece of Brockville's History

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SLC, in partnership with Correctional Services Canada’s Employment and Employability program, has built a main component of the replica lighthouse that was struck by lightning and burned last summer in the St. Lawrence River in Brockville.  
Built in 1856, the Cole Shoal lighthouse, also known as Five Mile Light, was one of nine remaining lighthouses on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River and a cherished piece of Brockville’s history. After it was destroyed by fire, a fundraising committee, chaired by Bob Runciman was established to build a replica lighthouse. 

Working with the lighthouse committee, SLC’s Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement (CLPI) program, students (who are inmates) in the eight-week Introduction to Carpentry program constructed the lantern cupola, which holds the light for the lighthouse at the top of the structure.
“We are giving soon-to-be-released inmates intensive training in the fundamentals of carpentry. The program incorporates practical elements, including the construction of various structures, in this case, we are going to build a component of the lighthouse, and donate it to the Five Mile Lighthouse construction effort,” said Jamie Puddicombe, Manager, Skills, Training and Economic Development at St. Lawrence College. 
“The Correctional Service of Canada provides Employment and Employability Skills Training to offenders through their CORCAN program.” said Scott Coombs, Project Officer Employment and Employability at Correctional Service of Canada. “The goal is to ensure that offenders have the skills and training required to obtain and maintain employment when they return to the community. Having the offenders engaged in this project has provided an excellent opportunity to enhance their practical work skills and has also give them opportunity to give back to the community.”  

For more information on the Five Mile Light go to 


The ‘Secret’ is Out (soon), Music Theatre Performance Program Free Preview


Are you wondering about the shows being staged this year by the SLC Music Theatre Performance Program? The ‘secret’ will be out this coming Monday! Join the Community and Friends of Music Theatre at a special FREE preview of the 2019-2020 season with our first ever Season Preview, at the Brockville Arts Centre – 7 – 8pm Monday, September 16. 

Director Chad Mcnamara and his talented team will reveal the plans for this year’s shows and share the goals and the process in choosing shows that educate our students while entertaining our community.

It’s a great chance to meet the casts, learn more about the scheduled performances, and buy your tickets! Hope to see you there!

Our Students:

#SLCValues Activity continues until September 20

Until September 20th, anyone seeing SLC values of Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Students First, and Belonging in action who shares it online, can win! All students and staff are encouraged to join in.

How Do People Participate?

1. Do something or find someone demonstrating an SLC value- Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Students First, and Belonging.
2. Share what you did or saw via Twitter @whatsinsideslc or Instagram @stlawrencecollege using #SLCValues. NOTE – people have been helping others who don’t have social media, by sharing their posts – that is teamwork in action! 
3. Contributors are entered to win 1 of 6 $100 gift cards to the bookstore. Deadline is September 20!

Check out the #SLCValues video

Glenn Vollebregt explaining the SLC Values Video

Share your #SLCValues, like this great time-lapse video from Cornwall! 

Our Communities: 

This Month in the SLC Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub in Kingston is a social lab which fosters innovative growth both within St. Lawrence College and beyond. The Hub cultivates positive learning experiences which help students develop employable skills they can leverage in any future career setting. Fall activities are underway as the Innovation Hub welcomes Shopify workshops, Launch Lab entrepreneurial mentorship and training, and hosts the Awesome Kingston Pitch Event (open to the public) on September 19. 

Shopify comes to the Innovation Hub! 

We’re thrilled to welcome Carissa Cosgrove from e-commerce giant, Shopify, who will offer education and support for the Shopify platform with appointments in the Tech-Free room.  Appointments will be one Wednesday per month from 9:30-3:30pm. 

Fall dates are as follows: 

  • September 18th 
  • October 16th 
  • November 20th 
  • December 18th 

Appointments are 30 minutes in length and can be booked at this link. These appointments are perfect if you:

  • Are using Shopify and want to grow or scale your business 
  • Have questions about Shopify and how to build or grow your business online 
  • Have an idea for a business, but don’t know where to start 
  • Want to build solutions for Shopify merchants or learn about the Shopify Partner Program 
  • Are an educator, or person who works with entrepreneurs and want to know how Shopify can help your clients/students 
Awesome Kingston Pitch Event

Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Awesome Kingston is coming to the Innovation Hub to host their Pitch Party event where they give away a $1,000 no-strings-attached microgrant each month at a public pitch party to make an awesome idea come true. At the pitch party, finalists take the stage to give a 90-second 'elevator pitch' and take questions from the trustees and audience. At the end of the night, the trustees deliberate, and one of the projects walks away with the microgrant- It's that easy! 

What is Awesome Kingston? 

The trustee group is made up of community minded individuals who want to help make Kingston a more awesome city by volunteering time and money to Awesome Kingston. Each of the trustees provides $100 to make up the $1000 microgrant every month. It is as simple as local people helping to get local ideas off the ground to keep Kingston Awesome! 

Tuesdays with LAUNCH LAB! 

Launch Lab, part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, provides advisory services by pairing entrepreneurs with their team of experienced business owners from Kingston and surrounding area for one-on-one mentorship and guidance. Launch Lab also offers workshops, training, access to market intelligence reports, access to grants and funds, and an expanded network of professional contacts.

Appointments are available between 12:30 and 4:30 pm every Tuesday. Drop in or make an appointment at

St. Lawrence College Athletes and Boys and Girls Club create Future Vikings

St. Lawrence College (SLC) and the Boys and Girls Club Kingston (BGC) are partnering to offer fun and unique programs in soccer and basketball, combining mentoring by SLC Vikings players with the High-Five accredited skills development BGC programming. The new programs are for kids of all skill levels and various ages.   
SLC Varsity athletes will be periodically leading participants through drills, teamwork challenges, games and scrimmages during the weekend programs.  

“We’re excited for this opportunity to have our players help kids develop athletic skills, and to raise awareness in the community about SLC and varsity athletics,” said Kevin Biggs, Manager of Athletics and Student Engagement with SLC. 

“Future Vikings is a great way for children in Kingston to get an awesome organized sports league experience in a safe and welcoming environment,” says Jeff Helsby, Senior Program Manager, Development and Training. “We’re looking forward to working with SLC Athletics and St. Lawrence College in the growth of this program and continuing to create unique opportunities for the 4000 Boys and Girls Club members in Kingston and our community.”

Space is limited! The first ten-week program starts September 28 and ends December 7, 2019. (No program on Thanksgiving weekend.) Cost is $100 per participant (application for subsidy available upon request.)  

For schedule and to register:  

For more information:  

Jeff Helsby
Senior Program Manager, Development and Training  
613-507-3306, ext. 101  

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