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.

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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.

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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.

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