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Barrie Arts Awards honour creative minds at Georgian College

Published on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

bruce-meyerWebThe arts are alive and well at Georgian College, where creativity flourishes in a number of innovative ways. Three Georgian individuals were honoured for their creative spirit at the Barrie Arts Awards.

Dr. Bruce Meyer, professor, University Partnership Centre and Liberal Arts was presented with the Excellence in the Arts Award; Max Lupo, an alumnus of Georgian’s Art and Design Fundamentals and Fine Arts – Advanced programs was recognized as the Emerging Artist of the year; and Mike Stollery, Campaign Chair for Georgian’s Power of Education Campaign was honoured with the Business Award.

The City of Barrie Arts Awards held Nov. 18 highlight the many successes found in Barrie’s arts community. The goal is to recognize artists for their contribution to the city. It also honours local businesses that provide support, both in-kind and financial, to artists or arts organizations to assist with their success.

“The Barrie Arts Awards is a wonderful event that recognizes contributions to the Barrie Arts community,” says Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts. “Georgian College is proud to be a part of the arts community and to have three award recipients with ties to Georgian is a testament to that. All nominees and winners should be proud of their accomplishments.”

Dr. Meyer is the author of over 40 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, pedagogy and literary journalism. His publications include Seasons, a collection of poetry that is a tribute to human love.

He has also written A Short History of Yes, The Authors: Portraits of Canadian Writers and Goodbye Mr. Spalding and more than 100 articles, essays and reviews that have been published in Canadian Literature, Homemakers, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Poetry Canada Review, Waves and The Windsor Star.

Dr. Meyer’s broadcasts on “The Great Books” for CBC’s This Morning are the network’s best-selling audiocassette series. In addition to teaching at Georgian, he has been Director of Writing and Literature at the University of Toronto’s School Continuing Studies; the Whidden Lecturer at McMaster University; a visiting writer at the University of Southern Mississippi; and has taught at several Ontario colleges and universities. He was the inaugural Poet Laureate for Barrie. He is also the recipient of several awards.

“Barrie is a very creative place and it has the potential to be a city that is associated in people’s minds not only with excellence in music, dance, and the visual arts but with literature,” says Dr. Meyer. “I would like to think we can continue to grow a creative community of the written word from the energy this establishes. Georgian has many great authors and I hope this encourages them to stand up and be proud of what they can do.”

Max Lupo is an emerging artist currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Arts, Media and Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2015, he had his first solo exhibition at the Campus Gallery at Georgian. He also had two solo shows at Verso Gallery in Toronto.

Lupo’s work mines feelings of nostalgia and novelty and incorporates humour and irony. Lupo has already received positive critical acclaim, with reviews in publications such as Boing, Boing, blogTO and The Creators Project. Lupo is incredibly skilled in technology and electronics, inventing and fabricating devices such as The Automatic Affirmation Device. Similar to the magic eight ball, the device functions as a personal confidence booster by answering every question with a resounding ‘yes.’

Lupo plays an important role in promoting and fostering the arts in Barrie. He is a founder member of Art in House, a community art gallery that celebrates art, creativity and community. Under Lupo’s leadership, Art in House raises awareness for various forms of artistic expression, promotes local artists by providing exhibition space, as well as presenting art classes to children and youth.

Mike StolleryWebFor the past 10 years Mike Stollery, President and Senior Partner of Barrie Ford and Chrysler, has been a foundational supporter of the local performing arts community. Mike has been one of Theatre by the Bay’s (TBTB) most valued patrons, being especially engaged in TBTB’s young artist development and theatre for young audience programs. His business has been the title sponsor for the Stars Come Out, the annual TBTB fundraising extravaganza. He also recognizes the importance that the arts play in developing a vibrant community and has volunteered tirelessly for several arts organizations, as well as providing them with financial support.

Mike is a long-time supporter of Georgian College. He serves as Chair of the Power of Education: Transforming the Student Experience campaign, is a member of the Automotive Business School of Canada board of directors and the auto show advisory board. He is also a major donor to the college, and has sponsored many college events including the Georgian Dream Gala.

Other community and charitable foundations he supports include Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Gilda’s Club, Christmas Cheer and the David Busby Street Centre.

Georgian co-sponsoring Artrepreneur Barrie workshop

Published on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Woman works on a piece of jewelleryGeorgian College – in partnership with York Region Arts Council, the City of Barrie and – will sponsor the first co-hort of Artrepreneur Barrie, a series of weekly workshops featuring assignments, mentorships and a final presentation for creative entrepreneurs aged 18 and older. The series, which takes pace at the Barrie Campus, starts Jan. 12, 2016.  Continue reading

Where to get information on campus closures

Published on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Winter weather means you need to be prepared
Winter weather means you need to be prepared

Wondering if your campus is closed due to poor weather conditions? There are a number of ways you can find out:

  • Check the Georgian College website
  • Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates
  • Log in to Blackboard
  • Call in to your campus
  • Tune in to your local media (including radio and television)

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Dual credit program helps young mom achieve career goals

Published on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015


School College initiativeKaralissa Schroeder’s first attempt at taking a dual credit was short-lived. She had to withdraw from the course when she discovered she was pregnant. But now with a three-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, Karalissa is enrolled in full-time studies thanks to the help of the dual credit program. Continue reading

Georgian College Orillia Campus hosts two events to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Published on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Chief-Isadore-DayWebEvery Indigenous woman and girl should feel safe wherever they live in Canada. The Aboriginal Centre at Georgian College’s Orillia Campus is hosting two events to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

On Monday, Nov. 30 Regional Grand Chief Isadore Day, of the Chiefs of Ontario Office, will speak about the “Who is She” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to find the root causes, provide recommendations, and create tangible solutions to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in Aboriginal communities and on the streets of Canadian towns and cities. The campaign will also allow people to honour the lives of the women and girls who have gone missing or have been murdered.

Chief Day will facilitate a discussion to develop a concrete plan to stem the tide and prevent more women from disappearing. The presentation and discussion will take place in the theatre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a meet and greet in the Aboriginal Resource Centre. For more information about the campaign, visit

“Prior to the new Liberal government, a national inquiry into the missing or murdered Aboriginal women was not seen as a need,” says Dawn Ireland-Noganosh, Aboriginal Services.

“The stark reality of those missing and murdered women is that they do possess a name and are significant to our families, communities, culture and our ceremonies. A national inquiry needs to be a collaboration with the families of these women, and needs to be directed by them, not for them. Through Georgian’s Aboriginal Resource Center and this meeting of the minds with Chief Day, hopefully we can help shape this inquiry.”

On Friday, Dec. 4, Georgian will host a screening of the film Highway of Tears in the theatre at 1 p.m. The film, directed by Matt Smiley, is about missing or murdered women along a 724-kilometre stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. The film will be introduced by Gladys Radek. Radek is a co-founder of Walk4Justice, a series of walks that bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

The screening will be followed by an introduction to the REDress Project created by Jaime Black. REDress focuses on the issue of missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada and is an installation art project based on an aesthetic response to the issue. For more information on the project visit,

“As an advocate for Aboriginal women, it is my hope, via the Aboriginal Resource Centre, to create awareness, education and prevention with the tools that have been created and developed within our school community as well as reaching out to other resources, such as this film,” says Ireland-Noganosh.

Donations to the “Who is She” campaign and Tears4Justice would be appreciated.

April Reimer fights back against cyberbullying with #tweetsweet

Published on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


April Reimer speaks to students from Georgian CollegeTwo years ago, Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie James Reimer was having a losing streak. James doesn’t use social media but his wife April does – and she took the brunt of abusive postings about his goaltending.

April received more than 300 harassing messages, some of them death threats. But instead of letting this cyberbullying pull her down, April turned the situation into something positive – she created #tweetsweet, an initiative to reward kindness on social media. Continue reading

Weather and your personal safety  

Published on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

WinterHighway-2015-11-17It’s that time of year when you may be concerned about difficult weather or driving conditions when making your way to campus. Your personal safety is one of our foremost priorities. Continue reading

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