Seneca celebrates 50 years of success, growth and transformation

An advertorial in the King Sentinel provides a history and future of King Campus. Read article (pdf)

Celebrating Magna’s $3 million gift to the Campaign for King Campus

A gift in support of Early Childhood Education students

Seneca has received a $25,000 contribution from the Aune Koivula Children’s Fund to establish the Aune Koivula Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Award. Ms. Koivula’s legacy of compassion for the welfare and education of Ontario’s children is reflected in the daycare service she founded and the fund she established to support ECE students. This dedication mirrors Seneca’s focus on growing and improving early childhood education province-wide, through our programs, research and our graduates.

The awards will be provided to students in Seneca’s Early Childhood Education, Honours Bachelor of Child Development, or Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health programs. The recipients will have a GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrate financial need.

King Campus expansion receives $3-million philanthropic gift

Standing with the architectural model of Magna Hall are, from left to right, His Worship Steve Pellegrini, Mayor and Regional Councillor, King Township; Aida Bakhtyieva, President, Seneca Student Federation; Hamid Najibullah, President, King Recreation Council; Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; David Agnew, Seneca President; and Marc Neeb, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice-President, Magna International, King Campus Campaign Volunteer.

Seneca has received a $3-million contribution from Magna International for the King Campus expansion, marking it the largest gift in Seneca’s history. The gift was announced by Magna's Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Marc Neeb, at the official launch of the expansion. Learn more +

Record-breaking hike concludes

As planned, Kelly Mathews, Seneca's Manager of Community Recreation, completed the 300-kilometre hike across the entire Oak Ridges Moraine in seven days, raising funds for both The Campaign for King Campus and the Oak Ridges Trail Association. She walked the distance of a marathon a day in order to emerge victorious at the Warkworth, Ontario terminus of the trail on Saturday, Sept. 3. Congratulations, Kelly! More information and photos are available on Kelly's Twitter page.

The trek begins

Kelly Mathews, Seneca's Manager of Community Recreation, is hiking across the entire Oak Ridges Moraine from Sunday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 4. She’s the first person to attempt the 300-kilometre hike in seven days, and will be raising funds for both The Campaign for King Campus and the Oak Ridges Trail Association.

Follow her trek on her web page and at #ORMT300

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Turtles released at King Campus

King Campus recently welcomed David Miller, CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, and Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of the Township of King, to celebrate the release of turtles into Lake Seneca.

In 2015, an unsuspecting turtle laid her eggs on a bridge at the campus which was scheduled to be rebuilt. In order to save the turtle’s nest, Professor Dr. Sue Carsairs, who teaches Exotics and Wildlife at Seneca and also serves as the Director of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, collected, incubated and hatched the eggs. Those turtles were then released into their natural habitat.

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Record-breaking Hike to Raise Funds for King Campus

Kelly Mathews, Seneca’s Manager of Community Recreation, is getting ready to be the first person to hike the 300 kilometre Oak Ridges Moraine trail in seven days. And she’s doing it to raise funds and awareness for the King Campus expansion project and The Oak Ridges Trail association.

She will be hiking approximately 42 kilometers each day from Sunday, Aug. 28 to Saturday, Sept. 3. Kelly’s hike was profiled in the King Weekly Sentinel, and she has set up a web page for donations and more information about her trek.

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TD Bank Group donates $100K to Seneca to develop elder financial planning program

A $100,000 donation from TD Bank Group will support the development of the TD Bank Group Elder Financial Planning program and the expansion of Seneca’s King Campus.

The program will include a suite of resources for financial services students that focus on elder financial planning, such as an online training module, a speaker series and student awards.

The gift also includes capital funding for Seneca’s King Campus infrastructure expansion, which will include additional academic and recreational space, laboratories and a learning centre.

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RBC Royal Bank Champions Mental Health Collaboration

The RBC Royal Bank Mental Health Symposium at Seneca will be held every other year starting in 2016, and guests will include community agencies, government, medical professionals, and RBC representatives. It will also offer a platform to celebrate the achievements of mental health advocates in the classroom and in the community, with an award sponsored by RBC.

“We are so thrilled to be part of much needed mental health initiatives like these,” said Rina Pillitteri, Regional Vice-President, RBC. “We understand that there are many people affected by mental health issues across Canada. To be able to provide services to help youth and their families is a very important step in the right direction.

As well, RBC’s gift will establish the RBC Mental Health Community Outreach Program. This provides an opportunity for students in the new Mental Health Intervention graduate certificate program to visit partner organizations and facilitate workshops on best practices in mental health and wellness. This first-of-its-kind program launched in May 2015.

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Former Dean thanks King Campus with generous gift

Tina Di Simone, Seneca’s Associate Vice-President Academic Planning, served as the Dean and Principal of King Campus from 2007 to 2015.

During her time there, she helped to create a strong culture of philanthropy within the King Campus community, where students, faculty and staff are always first in line to support initiatives like the Campaign for Students and United Way.

“King started as a small campus, where you knew everyone’s names,” says Tina. “And while we’ve grown, that community feeling remains the same. It’s embedded in the culture.”

Tina’s commitment to the Campus has become even stronger, thanks to her five-year pledge to the Campaign for King. For her, this gift is a tribute to the dedicated faculty and staff, who work everyday to help students become leaders in our hospitals, shelters, schools, police stations and childcare centres.

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Eaton Foundation Contributes to Nursing at King Campus

Seneca’s School of Nursing is housed at King Campus—on the grounds of former Eaton Estate that Lady Flora Eaton generously provided as a military hospital during World War II. Lady Eaton was a nurse by training. She served at Rotherham House, where she met a patient named John Craig Eaton, who would become her husband.

To honour Lady Eaton and her devotion to nursing, the Eaton Foundation has established the Lady Eaton Endowed Scholarship for Nurses. This scholarship will be awarded Seneca’s top nursing students, who are excelling in their studies and making a positive difference within the community.

“The Eaton Foundation’s support of Seneca’s nursing students is greatly appreciated and comes at a critical time for the profession,” says Maria May, Dean, Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences. “There is a shortage of nurses in Ontario and nationally, and we need to do all we can to support those devoted to pursing careers in patient care.”

The Lady Eaton Endowed Scholarship for Nurses will help offset cover tuition costs for students with exceptional grades and who have made significant contributions through extracurricular activities, volunteerism and mentorship.

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Wawanesa Mutual Insurance supports King Campaign

Located in North York, with their Head Office in Winnipeg, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance supports local education at various levels. Seneca was the fortunate recipient of a contribution towards the King Campus infrastructure expansion.

“Wawanesa is committed to the communities in which we work and live,” says Tim Greer, Vice-President, Regional Insurance Operations. “Seneca has been a strong supporter of education, both in our industry and in the wider community. We are pleased to assist the College in renewing its King facilities."

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