As the world faces the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, the Seneca community stepped up and found ways to help support healthcare, essential businesses and other services.
Seneca steps up during the COVID-19 pandemic
Protecting the community
A few departments at Seneca rounded up ventilators, unused surgical gowns, N95 respirator masks, hand sanitizers, wipes and other cleaning supplies for local hospitals in Toronto and York Region. The equipment, normally used by students and professors in the Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Technology and Faculty of Continuing Education & Training, is much needed for front-line health-care workers treating and testing for COVID-19. Read more about the donations.
Seneca graduates on the front lines
Many Seneca graduates are working to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates stepping up include Neil Hetherington, CEO of Daily Bread Food Bank, who has joined his staff to help keep people from going hungry, as well as Eric Dornan, co-founder of All or Nothing Brewhouse, who has started producing hand sanitizer in the fight against COVID-19.
Seneca graduate, Parth Patel, Tazwiz President and CEO, created Link2LTC, an online platform that has helped address staffing shortages in long-term care facilities. Another graduate, Dan Kagan, Vice President and General Manager at DocuSign, has supported Seneca students by donating to the Seneca COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Supporting Seneca students
Seneca in partnership with the Seneca Student Federation (SSF), made laptops and internet sticks available to students who did not have access to digital resources at home. In addition, more than 9,000 full-time student received financial aid from the Seneca COVID-19 Relief Fund. The emergency fund for full-time students in financial need was made possible by donations from Seneca, the SSF and the Ontario government. The Seneca community can contribute to the fund by making an online donation.
Seneca is also providing financial support and guidance to business ventures that were started at HELIX to help keep them viable through the pandemic and beyond.
Helping the community adapt
Through Career Recharge and Seneca’s Career Development team, Seneca is providing advice and support for individuals adapting to new workspaces and routines, as well as those who are facing loss of employment. In addition, the Faculty of Continuing Education & Training offers courses to enhance existing skills or pivot to a new career. The Career Development team can also connect employers with Seneca’s talented students who are graduating and looking for work experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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