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”

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.

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.

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

Northern College Residence On Schedule for 2015 Opening

Construction of the new student residence at Northern College’s Haileybury Campus is on target to be completed in August 2015. The new residence being developed is a partnership between Northern College and Campus Living Centres, and will feature 16 apartment-style units, each with four private bedrooms. Each unit will also include a kitchen with an eat-in dining area, a living room, and two bathrooms.

The new residence will help address the increasing number of students coming from Southern Ontario, and Northern College President, Fred Gibbons, says, “It can be challenging for our students to find rental accommodations, and we’re pleased that our work with Campus Living Centres will make it easier for our students to find affordable housing that’s close to campus.” After the project is completed, Campus Living Centres will manage the new residence.

For more information on this story, please click here http://www.northernc.on.ca/node/922.

The new residence will begin accepting applications for the 2015/2016 academic year starting on February 1, 2015, and application can be found online here <northernresidence.ca>.

Confederation College Partners with Campus Living Centres to Develop New Student Village

In an effort to address the critical accommodations shortage in Thunder Bay, Confederation College announced a partnership with Campus Living Centres to develop four new student residence buildings. The new residence project will add 256 total beds to campus, with the first two buildings scheduled to open for the 2015 Fall semester. Each building will house 64 students in fully furnished apartment-style accommodations, with four private bedrooms per unit.

Once the project is complete, Campus Living Centres will manage the new residence. Campus Living Centres already manages the existing residence, Sibley Hall, at Confederation College.

For more information on this story, please click here http://www.confederationc.on.ca/node/15395.

For updates on the new residence development, please click here <confederationrez.ca>.

Algonquin College Takes a Zero Waste Approach to Replacing Old Mattresses in Residence

This past summer, during a meeting in which Algonquin College Student Residence was planning to replace more than 1000 beds, Residence Services Manager, Nicola From, asked a question that would initiate an innovative zero waste project on campus: “Isn't there an alternative to just dumping 1050 bed sets (or approximately 3000 separate pieces) into a dump site?”

Through the leadership of Bryan Boudreau, Algonquin College Facilities Supervisor, and Sherry Stevenson, Area Manager of Public Affairs at Waste Management, 1050 mattresses and 1050 box springs (and associated metal frames) were repurposed to achieve zero waste status. All remaining parts that were unsuitable for reuse were recycled, diverting them from a landfill.

Boudreau believes, “Diversion is very important to Algonquin College”, and the Campus Living Centres’ team at Algonquin College Student Residence was very excited to help support the College’s sustainability efforts through this project.

For more information about this story, please click here.

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