Collège Boréal is pleased to announce the creation of its Social Innovation Centre (SIC) for children and families.
As a virtual organization attached to the School of Business and Community services, Collège Boréal’s first-ever Social Innovation Centre will serve to facilitate and stimulate reflection on children and families, under the leadership of Diane Sénécal, dean of the School of Business and Community Services, and under the direction of Francine Fox, RECE, project manager – Early Childhood Education.
The SIC work involves professionals and community stakeholders, as well as professors and students from Collège Boréal, who work with children and families on specific projects identified as innovative research topics, such as:
- Developing initiatives and activities in the area of experiential learning;
- Co-management, with the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO), of the Ministry of Education’s Francophone Centre of excellence for Early Years and Child Care;
- Pedagogical support projects with the City of Greater Sudbury and the County of Simcoe, and a Francophone mentorship program with the Réseau régional de langue française du Nord (RRLF) and the AFÉSEO.
Through information-sharing among experts from a variety of fields in the implementation of these projects, the SIC brings together skills and knowledge to foster reflection on new learning expertise and innovative practices and to evaluate these practices.
An official tour to present the Social Innovation Centre for Children and Families to partners and stakeholders throughout the province is underway. The centre’s first projects will be presented during this tour.
“Through the sharing of bold new synergies, Social Innovation Centres are remarkable laboratories for the generation of new ideas. They dare to challenge established norms by bringing novel solutions to social situations that need new perspectives. That is the mandate that Collège Boréal has given to the Social Innovation Centre for Children and Families. The centre will be a strong voice in the public debate and will position Boréal as a reference in this field.”
Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal
“Knowledge about children and families is abundant, but dispersed. By concentrating expertise within a single structure and a number of coordinated projects, the Social Innovation Centre for Children and Families will encourage professional critical review and put issues into perspective.”
Francine Fox, RECE, project manager – Early Childhood Education, Collège Boréal
“Studying children and families is a sensitive and fascinating field. It requires the most innovative tools in order to challenge assumptions and bring renewal. In this regard, the Social Innovation Centre for Children and Families is an important added value for Collège Boréal, because it will provide real-time support to the teaching mission of the School of Business and Community Services so that it can remain at the forefront of training in this field.”
Diane Sénécal, dean of the School of Business and Community Services, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 38 access centres in 27 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top rank in three of the five areas surveyed! Among all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, at 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd in the province for employer satisfaction!
For further information:
Ronan Le Guern
Manager – Communications and Media Relations
Tel.: 416-289-5130, ext. 5172
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