Volume 11 | Issue 1 | July 2020
The LOOP has a new LOOK!
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Greetings from your Alumni Association Executive Council (AAEC)
Message from the AAEC Chair

Greetings fellow Grizzlies, I am writing to you, as part of our newly designed monthly e-newsletter for Georgian alumni, and as my last official message as your chair of the Georgian College Alumni Association Executive Council. As an alumnus, I...

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That was a celebration! Congrats class of 2020
Nearly 3,000 students persevered through an extraordinary winter semester to earn their Georgian credential and were recognized on June 30 during the college’s first-ever virtual celebration. While not a replacement for convocation, the online event was an opportunity to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and provide a way for graduates to remotely share the proud moment with family and friends.
On June 30, a special celebration page, proudgeorgiangrad.ca , was launched and has been buzzing with activity and visits ever since. More than 1,200 graduates participated in the virtual celebration and had the opportunity to see their names on the graduate scroll, experience the Georgian alumni virtual photo booth and watch video addresses from administration, alumni, faculty, staff, and fellow students. 
New grads that registered prior to the event were eligible to win 1 of 3 prizes, generously sponsored by Johnson Insurance. Prizes included a Georgian Alumni Pride Pack, a new 128 GB 7th generation iPad, and a Georgian Day at Canada’s Wonderland 2021 prize package.
Join in on the celebration and help congratulate the class of 2020. Use the hashtag #ProudGeorgianGrad in your social media posts and they will be curated on a special social board on proudgeorgiangrad.ca .
Kindness wins during COVID-19
COVID-19 Hardship Bursary launched to support Georgian students
 The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging and unique environment for Georgian students who’ve had to navigate uncharted waters of social isolation, financial pressure and the move to remote program and service delivery. Quick to respond, your alma mater launched a COVID-19 Hardship Bursary fund to help ease some of the financial burden students are experiencing. The fund supports both domestic and international students enrolled in regular, full-time programs at Georgian and who demonstrate an urgent financial need. 
The fund has already provided critical support to more than 712 students studying remotely with Georgian during the current summer semester, and is open for eligible students studying at Georgian in the fall semester. It was established with the support of generous alumni and community donors, the Georgian College Students’ Association (Barrie campus) and the Ontario Government. Please join your fellow alum by making a gift using Georgian’s safe and secure online giving page . Your donation and participation will have a significant impact.
Alumni on the front lines
Georgian police grads "ready for everything"

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we live, work and play. But, we are finding new and interesting ways to carry out our everyday functions, from attending class to spending time with family and friends. For those who are still employed,...

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Alumni shine in 2020 Board of Governors’ Awards
Georgian College recognizes innovators, changemakers
Two Georgian alumna received the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards this past June: Jane Kovarikova (class of 2004, General Arts and Science) and Nadia George (class of 2009, Social Services Worker). The awards are presented to graduates who have made a significant contribution in their field while serving as a college ambassador. Congratulations! 

We're here for you
Your Alumni Association is here for you!
The Alumni Association seeks to create opportunities for alumni to stay connected to the college through information, services, alumni perks, events and promotions.

Celebrating you
  • Through stories in our alumni magazine, GeorgianView and e-newsletter, The Loop.
  • Through nominations to internal and external awards, such as the Premier’s Awards.

Benefits and services

Stay connected
  • A series of webinars to help stay connected and provide advice on issues you may be dealing with during these trying times.
  • An exclusive alumni network, GeorgianAlumni.ca, allowing you to connect and expand your professional network.
What's new
Keep updated on some of the biggest news at your alma mater, including these recent developments:
We’re proud of you. Below are some stories of success we’ve read about:
Christian Caba, Class of 2017
Christian Caba of Caba Fitness Training, a Georgian College fitness and health graduate is volunteering his time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe.
Nathan Bristowe, Class of 2013, 2016
Grey Bruce OPP has welcomed a new recruit to the detachment. Provincial Constable Nathan Bristowe is originally from Perth County. He studied Police Foundations and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Human Services at Georgian College. Read more
Tianle Shen, Class of 2019
For Migraine Awareness Month we're digging DEEP into #migraines. Referred to as a neurovascular headache as it is often accompanied by blood vessel abnormalities and vasospasm that restrict blood flow to the brain. This reduced blood flow... Read more
Dale Boyle, Class of 2012
This proud Georgian grad, who works as the Safer Spaces Program Manager at the Gilbert Centre, shares his thoughts on the importance of safer spaces and being a 2SLGBTQ+ ally. Read more
Jane Kovarikova, Class of 2004
This Georgian grad and Board of Governors Award winner has taken another big step in fixing the “broken” child-welfare system that raised her by becoming the chairperson of Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions. Read more
Isaac Adams-Hands, Class of 2002
"Isaac Adams-Hands is a name to rave big about for SEO and digital marketing with more than ten years of professional experience in the field." 13th May, 2020 - Isaac Consulting provides search engine optimization, digital marketing, and various... Read more
Ryan Allen Sobkovich, Class of 2016
PARRY SOUND LIFE - Ryan Allen Sobkovich sold his first painting at age 10, exhibited in a gallery at 16 and drew the attention of the Art Gallery of Ontario's Corporate Sales Division at 21. Read more
Meagan Rutledge, Class of 2020
Meagan Rutledge was still at Georgian College, in the Police Foundations course, when she signed on as a volunteer Auxiliary Police Constable with South Simcoe Police last year. She was encouraged by then-Staff Sgt. Steve Wilson, who told her... Read more
Teejay Alderdice, Class of 2003
A message from the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of Canada: Teejay Alderdice of Bracebridge, Ont., was elected 48th president of the PGA of Canada at the association's Annual General Meeting yesterday. "I feel privileged to lead our... Read more
Kathryn Jones, Class of 2011
Toronto, Ontario - The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has appointed Kathryn Jones as the new chair of the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket... Read more
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Lifelong learner?
Georgian’s Continuing Education and Corporate Training department highly values the relationships we have with our students, alumni, corporate training partners and community stakeholders. We are here for you at this time even when we are not able to offer face-to-face learning. We are pleased to offer some free podcasts and webinars to support individuals and businesses in our community throughout these challenging times. Additionally, some of our regular programming is discounted at this time.
Click here for a full listing of free offerings and discounted training available to alumni.
Alumni events
Missed the event? Want to see it again?
Check out the recording of The NOT so secret life of pets: Living with your pets during COVID-19. Dr. Andrew Oster from Georgian’s Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Assistant programs delivered the first of a three-part webinar series for the Georgian alumni community focused on living with your pets during COVID-19 (and preparing for life after quarantine). Look forward to future virtual event programming updates in August.
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