h2. New Georgian Alumni Logo
Howie Brox, Chair, Georgian College Alumni Association
What do words like “swoosh” and “golden arches” have in common? They are logos that easily identify two of the most powerful brands in the world. Brand logos are key ingredients to any successful organization’s presence in the communities they serve and loyalties they build.
New Georgian Alumni Logo
Your Alumni Association is proud to unveil a new look and brand logo that represents Georgian Alumni pride. Developed by Alumni Board Director at Large, Stephen McIntosh, the new logo carries forward the feel and form of Georgian College’s main identity, while highlighting the obvious “A” for Alumni status.
This new look also mirrors the new “attitude” your Alumni Association is undertaking to engage, service and connect our 41,000 plus members at a glance. Consider this as your identifying mark as a proud Alumnus of Georgian College.
Adopted uses for Alumni relations within the Office of Development range from Donor acknowledgements to monthly communications to Alumni sponsored events and merchandise.
We trust your pride as a lifetime Alumnus of Georgian College will engage you to proudly display and be part of your brand identity.
Honouring Our Graduates’ Voice now has a fresh new face. I encourage you to look for it, and tell others you are part of it in the future.
h2. Giving to Georgian College – as Easy as Your ABCs
It came to Sandra and Bruce Grimmer one day when they were thinking about updating their wills, “Why can’t we?” The question they were asking was why couldn’t they help a student in their will — a student that they didn’t know, a student that was probably still an infant or perhaps not even born yet — in fact why couldn’t they help many students?
Bruce and Sandra have a passion — that passion is education. This passion stems from the fact that they understand how essential education is to a person’s future and because they both had to work hard to receive their educations. Sandra remembers two people in her youth that made all the difference. Her uncle and a friend lent her some money so she could complete her high school. It wasn’t much money, lunch money by many people’s standards today, but it was enough to get her over a difficult period of financial need and to get what she wanted most, her high school diploma.
Over the years, her friend always maintained that it wasn’t much , but to Sandra it was and it did make all the difference to her — the difference of completing her academic dream. She enthusiastically expresses, “someone helped me and now I want to help someone else.”
donors, Bruce & Sandra Grimmer
Bruce and Sandra are not originally from the area and have only lived in Barrie for two years. They confide they hadn’t even been to Georgian College before making the gift. What they did have was some definite ideas of what they want to accomplish with their gift. They want to help students to achieve their academic dreams. They want to reward students who have contributed to their community and would continue to contribute after graduation. They didn’t necessarily want the scholarship to go to the brightest but rather to a hard- working person with the genuine desire to learn.
They gave the College a call and were thrilled by the response they received. Sandra expressed how “everyone was so helpful in guiding us through the process. We were impressed by the accountability and by the fact that by setting up the scholarship as an endowment, we are able to help students for a long time to come. This is something that will last. We were also able to set up the scholarship exactly as we wanted it. After we had completed the process, we both felt so good and knew we had done the right thing.”
Although they were hesitant when approached to be interviewed for this article, they agreed, with the hopes that it might motivate others who may not otherwise have thought about this option.
Georgian College diligently works with people like Sandra and Bruce Grimmer to ensure that we listen to donors’ wishes. Our awards and scholarships program is one of many options that donors have to directly impact a student. Donors may wish to make a planned gift to ensure the College provides the right learning resources, programs or facilities for student needs. Some common ways that people choose to make a planned gift include bequests, life insurance, annuities, transfer of securities or a charitable trust.
Georgian College tailors your gift to fit your needs and ensure your gift impacts our students.
We recognize that a planned gift takes considerable consideration — please contact us so we can begin discussions and give you any information you require.
If you have already decided to leave a bequest, please contact us so that we can thank you for your gift.
Senior Development Officer
705-728-1968, ext. 5446
h2. Grad Profile – Robin Tapley
Robin Tapley is one of Ontario’s leading natural history activists and experts in nature and astronomy interpretation. On May 24th, Robin was awarded the prestigious Georgian College Board of Governors’ Distinguished Alumni Award for his career successes and continued support of the college.
After graduating from the Hotel and Resort Administration program in 1984, Robin became the archery instructor at the fabled Minaki Lodge, where Robin took guests out on impromptu forays into the wilderness. That was followed by a three-year stint as Program Director at the Wye Marsh, in Midland. There he developed wetland environmental programs and hired and trained naturalists and volunteers. By this time, others were on the edge of discovering the eco-tourism boom and it was here that Robin met the Resort GM who hired him to develop the Nature Trails Program at Grandview Resort. That program progressed from Robin leading every one of the nature-based activities himself to being the Executive Director, Naturalist & Astronomer for three Delta Muskoka Resorts.
Robin has led expeditions for Quest Tours to the Antarctica and Galapagos Islands, Rain Forest of Costa Rica, East Africa, Algonquin Provincial Park and Georgian Bay.
Robin has developed a resort-based destination Nature Program with Delta and Fairmount resorts that include the Fairmount Algonquin Hotel in New Brunswick, Delta Kananaskis in Alberta and the Delta Grandview Resort in Muskoka Ontario.
Driven by curiosity and a passion for adventure, Robin seeks to explore the diversity of the natural world and create unique ways to share this with others.
He is also a bush pilot, self-taught astronomer and ornithologist.
As the NatureTrails Director and owner, Robin designed and facilitated the construction of the Echo Valley Observatory, where he is also the Project Manager.
Robin partnered with Algonquin Park and the Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research to establish Nature Trails Citizens for Wildlife Research outreach programs. It’s a unique hands-on learning experience for nature lovers in the general public.
Robin lends his expertise to many programs as an Environmental Consultant. He’s worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Tourism Company, Land of Lakes Tourism Association and the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Robin is also a generous volunteer and has served as a Resource Expert to various cottage associations, the Woodland Heights Wildlife Sanctuary Project, the Algonquin Forestry Authority, Muskoka Watershed Management Group and Ontario Tourism’s Marketing Partnership Corporation. Robin also continues to volunteer his time and expertise to Wye Marsh.
h2. Department Merge
The spring brings new growth and change to the landscape. The same is true of Alumni Services.
The Alumni Office has merged with the Office of Development to create a new department at the college called the Office of Development &Alumni Relations.
The Alumni Office continues to deliver the exceptional services and programs, our graduates have come to expect from us. We are also taking a more defined role in helping the Office of Development with their efforts to support Georgian. As Alumni you are our greatest resource, we ask that you consider supporting your school to ensure that future and current student receive quality education.
h2. 20th Anniversary Aviation Management Alumni Reunion
We’re celebrating 20 years of aviation education at Georgian College this year. All alumni from the Class of 1989 to 2005 are invited to join us for the weekend culminating in a fantastic celebration banquet.
When: Saturday June 17, 2006 (banquet starts at 6:30pm)
Where: Barrie campus
Download the invitation and registration from www.georgianc.on.ca/aviation
h2. New Home & Auto Insurance Provider
Welcome to Johnson Inc. Insurance, our new home and auto insurance provider.
Call toll free for your quote on Georgian Alumni Preferred Rates at 1-800-563-0677 or visit www.johnson.ca/georgianalumni for more details. You could win an Apple iPod Nano!