SUDBURY―Sudbury’s a tidier place thanks to a collaborative clean-up effort by employees of Cambrian College and Collège Boréal, who invested part of the afternoon working together in a community clean-up. The event was planned by the two Sudbury colleges to enhance Sudbury’s natural beauty, strengthen collaboration through relationship building; and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario College system.
Busloads of staff from the two community Colleges met at Memorial Park to hear from the two Presidents before being dropped off at locations around the city to clean up litter and debris. Employees from both colleges teamed up with their counterparts in similar departments. College Presidents and Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger say that collaborative initiatives like this one make our city a great place to live, to work, to learn, and to play.
“One of the most effective ways to inspire is to lead by example,” Mayor Brian Bigger said. “Being a part of this wonderful partnership between our community colleges shows not only the importance of keeping our city clean, but the difference we can make when we work together to achieve great things.”
“Cambrian staff are proud of our community, and we’re happy to help make Sudbury a more beautiful place for people to enjoy,” said Cambrian College President Bill Best. “The 50th anniversary of the College system in Ontario is a perfect opportunity for us to come together with our counterparts at Collège Boréal. We collaborate in many ways already, and this event further strengthens our relationship so that we can better serve students and the community.”
“Regreening, reclamation and mitigation of the effects of human impacts are hallmarks of our regional identity and central themes in some key applied research initiatives underway at Boréal,” added Daniel Giroux, President of Collège Boréal. “Our regional successes did not happen in a vacuum, and they all started with small steps, so it’s not only a pleasure but it also makes good sense to come together with our counterparts at Cambrian to help beautify our community and make it an even better place to live.”
Ontario’s college system was established in 1967 by the provincial government to offer relevant and accessible skills training and education that supports labour force development and economic growth. Colleges have accomplished all of that and more, evolving over the decades to support the needs of students, employers, industries, and communities.
Cambrian College and Collège Boréal are joining the 50th-anniversary celebrations to highlight the important role that community colleges play in preparing graduates for careers close to home and around the world. The theme of the anniversary celebration is: “The Start of Something Amazing.”
Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to look back and to think ahead about what the next 50 years may bring as they share college stories and experiences as part of the celebration.
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