2014 Residence Life Staff Training Conference at Algonquin College

Every August, two weeks before residence move-in weekend, Campus Living Centres hosts a Residence Life Staff Training Conference to provide training, development, and workshops for the Residence Life teams. Over the past five years, as we continue to increase the number of our professional Residence Life staff, it has been reflected in our conference attendance which has increased by over 200%. This year, Algonquin College (Ottawa, Ontario) hosted the 2014 Residence Life Staff Training Conference with 240 Campus Living Centres staff.

The week-long conference focused on seminars and presentations that educate the Residence Life Team on handling situations involving bullying, alcohol consumption, drug awareness, conflict mediation, and sexual assault protocol. There are also professional development sessions around social media and professionalism, student development theory, and self care & balance.

Each evening, social events were held to encourage communication and team building. Ted X speakers Nicole Belanger and Blake Fly were invited to speak and provided valuable lessons with their inspirational words. The conference ended with a banquet to celebrate the achievements throughout the week. The banquet was held at the Ottawa Convention Centre and included dinner, awards, and evening entertainment.

For more information on the conference check out clcrlsconference.wordpress.com.


Students in Campus Living Centres’ Residences Raise $45,000 for Relay for Life

Over the last few years, Campus Living Centres has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. Relay for Life is a fun, inspirational 12-hour fundraising event that brings together everyone from the community to celebrate life and to raise funds to help the fight against cancer. This non-competitive event includes a variety of activities including craft projects, live bands and performers, and carnival games. Individuals are placed in teams that raise money to assist the Canadian Cancer Society. During the event, teams come together with cancer survivors at local community areas, and take turns walking laps over the course of 12-hours.

This past year, students in the residences at Niagara College – Welland campus, Niagara College – Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Seneca College - Newnham campus, and Seneca College - King campus organized and participated in four different Relay for Life events. Between the students and residence staffs from each participating campus residence, over 250 individuals worked together to raise approximately $45,000.

Two committees were recognized for their efforts and dedication towards this powerful event. The Relay committee at Seneca College residence was awarded the Innovation Award by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Relay committee at Centennial College Residence was awarded the Centennial College President`s Spirit Award.

For more information about Relay for Life and the Canadian Cancer Society, please visit: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=RFL_CAN_NATL_homepage&s_locale=en_CA


Campus Living Centres Strengthens Partnership with Georgian College with the addition of the Barrie campus student residence

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Georgian College Barrie Campus Student Residence Management Services contract. With residence management agreements already in place at the Georgian College Owen Sound and Orillia campuses, Campus Living Centres is delighted to welcome the Barrie campus student residence to our growing portfolio.

Dr. Catherine Drea, Georgian College Vice President Student Engagement and University Partnerships, says the decision to explore a third-party operation of the Barrie campus residence was based on a review of the College’s core business strategies. Dr. Drea continued, “Campus Living Centres was selected as the successful proponent because of Campus Living Centres’ ability to contribute to a positive student experience on campus”.

The residence facility, located in Barrie, Ontario, is 12 years old and houses up to 525 students annually. The eight-storey building consists primarily of two bedroom suites with a bathroom and kitchenette, and also offers one and three bedroom suites. Campus Living Centres is excited to be a part of the strong Residence Life program at the Barrie residence, allowing us to continue our mission of being a leader in Canadian student housing.

The management of the Georgian College Barrie campus student residence will transition to Campus Living Centres on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


Canadore College Residence Service Learning Trip to Moose Factory, Ontario

Trying out beaver and moose meat, snow shoeing in -45C weather, and listening to the First Nations’ Elders speak of their culture, are a just a few things ten students and one leader from Canadore College participated in on a service trip to Moose Factory, Ontario. Beginning in September, Jessica Charbonneau, Residence Life Coordinator at Canadore College decided to take her passion for service learning to a new level by creating a unique opportunity service learning experience for Canadore College Residence students. The experience began as early as the fall, when students would get together to discuss topics such as global citizenship, service learning, and leadership.

The journey to Moose Factory began with an early morning bus ride to Cochrane, and then a train ride on the Polar Express to Moose Factory. Throughout the week the students spent time planning discussions and workshops with local students about bullying, suicide, peer pressure, drugs/alcohol, and the role social media has on all these topics. The team traveled to several schools where they played different games with the kids and spoke to them about these issues.

Understanding and learning about the Cree culture (and the culture within Canada’s First Nations people) was also very prominent throughout the trip. The students had several opportunities to speak to Elders, and engage in community activities including beading, preparing moose, dumplings, and bannock. The trip was an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the community of Moose Factory and learn more about the local culture.

The Moose Factory Service Trip is one of four trips coordinated by Campus Living Centres in partnership with our post-secondary institutional partners. Other service learning destinations will include trips to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

For more pictures and info about the Moose Factory trip check out: http://canadorerezblog.weebly.com/moose-factory-blog.html

For the official Canadore College official press release, please go to: Moose Factory Service Learning Trip February 2014


International Students Celebrate the Winter Holidays at Canadore College Residence

For many international students studying in Canada, going home during the winter break isn’t always possible. Canadore College students who remained in residence over the break were treated to a variety of events, introducing them to Canadian holiday traditions and culture. Organized by Canadore College Residence, events included a downtown winter walk, preparing cookies for Santa, a Christmas Day parade, dinner with Canadore College President George Burton, and a New Year’s Eve party.

This time of year can be hard for those away from their homes and families, but first year English as a Second Language student, Carolina Rodrigues Bretas, says, “These events will make my stay in Canada feel like a home away from home. I am really grateful for these opportunities.”

Canadore College Residence is professionally managed by Campus Living Centres.

For more coverage of the Canadore College Residence Holiday Break Program, please follow the link(s):
http://www.nugget.ca/2013/12/27/exchange-students-celebrate-christmas
http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=56081
http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=264241


Campus Living Centres is an Award Winner at the 2013 Seneca College Senecans of Distinction Awards

Campus Living Centres is proud to be named one of the recipients of the Seneca College 2013 Senecans of Distinction Awards. Recipients have included Seneca College alumni, who have excelled in their careers, and community partners, who have made significant social and economic contribution to the Seneca community.

Campus Living Centres shares a long history with Seneca College and currently manages the student residences on the King and Newnham campuses. Campus Living Centres is making an ongoing contribution to Seneca students’ education through the Campus Living Centres Academic Award and the Campus Living Centres Bursary.

For more information, please follow the link: http://www.senecacollege.ca/news/sda.html


Campus Living Centres is announced as the successful proponent of the Algonquin College Student Housing Management and Operations Request for Proposal Competition

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce the re-acquisition of the Algonquin College Residence Management Contract. Effective May 1, 2013, Campus Living Centres is delighted to be back on the Algonquin College campus and once again be managing and operating the Algonquin College Residence.

In August 2012, Campus Living Centres was asked to return to Algonquin College Residence on a short-term management contract after having been absent from the residence operation for less than two years. Algonquin College’s focus on student success and the desire to provide an optimal student experience led to their decision to seek out a student housing partner to manage and operate its residence facility and programs.

As the successful proponent of the Algonquin College Student Housing Management and Operations Request for Proposal, Campus Living Centres will now enter into a long-term management contract, similar to the one previously in place when Campus Living Centres last managed the Algonquin College Residence in 2010. This renewed relationship with Algonquin College emphasizes the degree to which Campus Living Centres is believed to be a leader in Canadian student housing.

Duane McNair, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, at Algonquin College, credits “Campus Living Centres’ breadth and depth of experience in the Canadian student housing market as a key factor in being awarded the contract from Algonquin College.” McNair further elaborates, “In alignment with Algonquin’s approach to programs and services, Campus Living Centres holds the students’ needs at the centre of all decisions, processes, and services offered in the residence environment.”

The residence facilities at Algonquin College house up to 1050 students in 525 shared two-bedroom suites. All suites are furnished and include amenities such as telephone service, Internet access, televisions, three-piece bathroom, and a kitchenette. Common spaces in the residence include a fitness room, movie lounge, convenience store, and a courtyard with basketball and volleyball courts.


Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce Greg Hum as the new Associate Director, Residence Life

Campus Living Centres is pleased to announce Greg Hum as the new Associate Director, Residence Life. The appointment is effective October 15, 2013.

Greg joins Campus Living Centres from the University of Toronto Mississauga with extensive experience that includes undergraduate recruitment, judicial affairs, first-year transitional programming, and residence life. His training in Supplemental Instruction and student development made him critical to the development and implementation of highly successful first-year and upper-year transition programs at UTM. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, a certificate in Student Affairs and Services from Seneca College, and is in the process of completing his Masters of Education at the University of Toronto. Prior to his time at UTM, Greg worked at Carleton University as a recruitment officer. He was an Executive Member of the Student Life Professionals committee (University of Toronto) and is currently a member of both OACUHO and CACUSS.


Canadore College Enters Next Phase of Student Housing Plan

Canadore College has officially broken ground on a new six-storey, 256 bed, student residence facility, with construction to begin soon after. Working to develop this new residence building with Campus Living Centres, this will be Canadore College’s third apartment complex on campus. The building will very similar to the two existing residences on campus, with each apartment unit offering two private bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space.

Canadore College Vice-President of Student Services, Shawn Chorney, believes the addition of more bed spaces on campus, will ultimately help attract more students to the city of North Bay, “expand[ing] on the $90 million annual economic impact [Canadore] College brings to [the] local economy.” Currently, approximately 60% of Canadore College’s students come from outside the region.

The new residence building is expected to be ready for September 2014.

Please follow the links for the full articles:
http://www.nugget.ca/2013/07/30/canadore-breaks-ground-on-new-residence
http://canadorenews.ca/canadore-builds-new-lifestyle-residence


Georgian College is excited to welcome a new residence community to their Orillia Campus

Georgian College, along with Campus Living Centres, opened two brand new residence buildings this fall on the Georgian College Orillia Campus. Each unit in the building consists of four furnished bedrooms, two bathrooms, in suite laundry, an open concept kitchen, and an spacious living area.

Adding a residence, and by extension having students on campus all the time, helps enhance the overall campus community at Georgian College Orillia. Student Council President, Scott Anderson, believes the residence community, “will add a new facet to the student life and activities on campus.”

With 64 units, and 128 corresponding spaces, available between the two residence buildings, the new residence buildings are already at full capacity with a long wait list. Campus Living Centres will begin construction on a third building, with an expected opening date of September 2014.

For the full article, please follow the link:
http://www.orilliapacket.com/2013/08/27/new-student-residences-open-at-georgian-college