Residence Runs Fire Prevention Events to Raise Awareness

During Fire Prevention week this year (October 4th-10th), the Seneca College Student Residence at the Newnham campus took a proactive approach to educate their residents about fire safety. The residence staff ran multiple events throughout the week to raise awareness about fire safety knowledge and prevention, on and off campus.

Through a partnership with the Seneca College School of Fire Protection, the residence organized an outdoor Live Burn of a mock dorm room. 400 residents witnessed first-hand how quickly a fire spreads, and the safety measures to take in the event of a fire. Seneca College resident Connor Johnston said, “Seeing a live burn up close and personal is so much more intense than any textbook or safety plan could teach us.” Other events included supplementary workshops educating residents on operating fire safety equipment properly, and Campus Living Centres’ fire safety, prevention, and evacution policies.

Campus Living Centres has managed the student residence buildings on the Seneca College Newnham and King campuses since 1998.

Fire Prevention Event - Fire Engulfs Student Room Fire Prevention Event - Students Watch Demonstration Fire Prevention Event - High Fiving Sparky the Fire Dog

 


Campus Living Centres Commits to Raising $10,000 on Behalf of the Raising the Roof Toque Campaign

Campus Living Centres is excited to announce the launch of a company-wide philanthropic initiative for the 2015/2016 academic year. As an effort to further uphold our core values of LEAD - SERVE - ENGAGE, we are committed to giving back to the communities whom we serve. With this in mind, we have partnered with Raising the Roof, a Canada-wide charitable organization that works toward providing long-term solutions to homelessness across the country. Through Raising the Roof’s annual Toque Campaign, we have committed to raising $10,000 through the sale of toques at each of our properties.

The Toque Campaign has raised $7 million to date, supporting 184 Partner Agencies nation-wide. In 2015, 50% of funds raised directly benefited participating Partner Agencies, with the remaining proceeds supporting Raising the Roof's national homelessness initiatives.

For more information, please contact Greg Hum, Associate Director, Residence Life, at ghum@campuslivingcentres.com.

Campus Living Centres & Raising the Roof logo


Algonquin College Residence Staff Recognized For “Making A Difference"

Algonquin Residence Staff
From left to right – Algonquin College (AC) Director of Student Services, Shelly Styles; AC Residence General Manager, Sophie Galvan; AC Residence Services Manager, Nicola From.

Algonquin College Student Support Services (SSS) regularly recognizes staff who exemplify the College Core Values through their work, their initiatives, and their efforts in making a difference. During the SSS staff retreat last month, Algonquin College Residence General Manager, Sophie Galvan, and Residence Services Manager, Nicola From, were recognized with awards for “Making A Difference” for their respective roles in supporting the Minto Fire Emergency Response.

When presenting Sophie and Nicola with the award, Algonquin College Director of Student Support Services, Shelley Styles, said, “The commitment of these two women to service Algonquin College as well as their students is unparalleled and they should be honoured for their commitment which continues to this day.” Sophie and Nicola worked tirelessly for a month, including weekends, to support the Minto Fire evacuees, all while student move-out and summer operations turnover were taking place. Sophie and Nicola both commented that the awards were a testament to the commitment of the residence team at Algonquin College, as everyone on staff played a role in assisting the displaced Minto residents.

Algonquin College Residence is professionally managed by Campus Living Centres.


Lead. Serve. Engage. – Campus Living Centres’ Innovative Approach to Staff Training and Development

As part of our commitment to staff development and engagement, Campus Living Centres (CLC) hosted its 2nd Annual CLC Conference at the Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus from June 21st to June 24th, 2015. The Annual Conference is a great opportunity to reintroduce and reinforce the Campus Living Centres’ core values of Lead, Serve, Engage over several days of professional development workshops. This conference had an astounding 64 delegates attend.

This year, the conference accepted presentation proposals from staff, and session presenters had the opportunity to share their “best practices” from their property. Presentation topics touched on all disciplines within student housing, exposing delegates to new and relevant industry ideas and trends.

Leading up to the conference, Campus Living Centres also sent out a staff engagement survey to all employees. This anonymous survey was an opportunity for all staff to share their thoughts on whether CLC is championing Innovation in all facets of our business, including training, support, and professional development.

The final day of the conference highlighted our Staff Enrichment Day, which was attended by more than 80 staff. This year’s keynote began with a special moment, as Peter Brown, Senior Partner at Deloitte Canada, presented Campus Living Centres with its plaque for being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Through his keynote address, Peter shared the key traits and innovative strategies of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Peter noted that bringing the staff together for a week of professional development was very much an innovative “best practice” unique to successful organizations.

Staff Comments
“The CLC Annual Conference is a great way to get the CLC team together to learn and grow as a company. Lead Serve Engage” – Jeff Shuts (Niagara - NOTL)

“The conference was a great opportunity for me to discover best practices at various properties. Meeting new people and reconnecting with others was also very important. I now have some great networks within CLC” – David Norwood (Conestoga)

“It was a great and humbling experience to be around wonderful, energetic, expressive individuals.” – Patty Alencar (Mohawk)

“If I could describe this year’s conference in one word it would be inspiring! I appreciate CLC for giving employees an opportunity to present to their peers, and empower conference delegates to integrate their ideas at our respective properties. A huge thank you to all of our conference speakers!” – Hayley McNamara (Seneca - Newnham)

Peter Brown, Senior Partner at Deloitte Canada, and Tatyana Sabitova, Business Development Manager & Coach at Deloitte Canada, presenting Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award to Campus Living Centres’ Vice Presidents, Brian Freeman and Michael Paul.
Peter Brown, Senior Partner at Deloitte Canada, and Tatyana Sabitova, Business Development Manager & Coach at Deloitte Canada, presenting Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award to Campus Living Centres’ Vice Presidents, Brian Freeman and Michael Paul.

CLC Conference Delegate Group Photo
CLC Conference Delegate Group Photo

Kamika Wilson, Senior Manager Human Resources at Campus Living Centres, presenting “The Purple Cow – Developing Your Personal Brand”.
Kamika Wilson, Senior Manager Human Resources at Campus Living Centres, presenting “The Purple Cow – Developing Your Personal Brand”


Campus Living Centres named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

On March 9th, 2015, Campus Living Centres was announced as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2014. The Best Managed designation is considered a mark of excellence for Canadian owned and managed companies, and Campus Living Centres is proud to be affiliated with a community that recognizes and celebrates Canadian business excellence.

“While innovation has long been a priority for Best Managed Companies, this year’s winners are increasingly using innovation as a means to differentiate, identify niche markets and build specialization their customers need”, says Peter E. Brown, national co-leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and senior practice partner, Deloitte. Brown added, “They are investing in themselves and creating client-focused solutions, and as a result [they] are winning in the marketplace.”

Campus Living Centres uses an integrated service delivery model to student residence management that improves the financial performance of residence operations without compromising the student experience. Campus Living Centres’ Chairman, Hal Gould said, “Our clients don’t think of us as a third-party provider but as a part of the campus community. Our objective is to help students integrate into campus life, and to provide programming that gives them the tools to not only succeed, but thrive. Many of the students that live in residence are experiencing living away from home for the first time, so it is important that we are providing leading edge services that are designed to enhance the student experience in a financially responsible manner”.

For more information about Canada’s Best Managed Companies, please click here and here.


George Brown College selects Campus Living Centres to operate its first student residence

Rendering of new George Brown College Residence
Rendering of new George Brown College Residence (CNW Group/Campus Living Centres)

TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Campus Living Centres (CLC) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with George Brown College to operate their new, state-of-the-art, waterfront Residence complex. The facility, which will initially be part of the athlete's village of the 2015 Toronto Pan and Parapan Am Games, will house more than 500 students when it opens as a George Brown College residence in the Fall of 2016. The addition of this residence enables the College to extend the George Brown experience beyond the classroom, and further deliver the George Brown standard of excellence.

Gerard Hayes, Director of Student Experience at George Brown, acknowledges that the decision to pursue a professional operator for the management of the new residence was driven by the recognition that this is the first residence at George Brown College, and "Campus Living Centres comes with a breadth and depth of expertise that we wanted to ensure was part of our student experience."

Upon completion of the Pan and Parapan Am Games, work will start on the building to repurpose it into a new student residence with 507 beds. The residence will feature 250 two-bedroom and 7 one-bedroom units, each outfitted with a kitchenette and private bathroom. The residence will also include common rooms, study spaces, and an enhanced security system.

"We are delighted to add George Brown College to our growing list of post-secondary clients, and we look forward to partnering with them to deliver an exceptional student experience that will reflect positively on the College", said Joe Danis, Associate Vice-President at CLC.

About George Brown College
Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.
www.georgebrown.ca

About Campus Living Centres
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, Campus Living Centres was founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting post-secondary institutions with the planning, design, financing, and management of student housing. As the largest operator of student housing in Canada, CLC owns and/or manages a portfolio of approximately 20,000 beds. Campus Living Centres' innovative approach to operating student residences ensures that these vital campus assets are delivering the desired financial results, while at the same time enhancing the student experience.
www.campuslivingcentres.com

SOURCE Campus Living Centres

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Original article: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1503683/george-brown-college-selects-campus-living-centres-to-operate-its-first-student-residence

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Freeman, Vice-President, Campus Living Centres, e: bfreeman@campuslivingcentres.com, p: 416-738-5998

 


Campus Living Centres’ Corporate Team Volunteers with Daily Bread Food Bank

Part of the Campus Living Centres’ corporate identity is based on our staff engagement, which includes giving back to the many communities we serve through our student residence buildings. On Thursday, January 8th, 2015, Associate Director of Residence Life, Greg Hum, organized a volunteering event at the Daily Bread Food Bank for the Campus Living Centre corporate team.

Leading up to the volunteering event, the corporate team collected 252 pounds of food through an office drive. Campus Living Centres also made a financial contribution to the Daily Bread Food Bank. On the day of the event, the team packaged and boxed 780 beef patties, and sorted food donations. Through our collective efforts, we packaged enough food to serve 1988 individuals.

We would like to thank Jillian Lewis from the Daily Bread Food Bank for helping us coordinate this event and hosting our team. There are many ways to get involved with the Daily Bread Food Bank and for more information please click here.

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CLC Food Bank Photo 1     CLC Food Bank Photo 2