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a barrier...I actually see it as an asset.

Volume XLVI, Issue 4 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 19 – April 15, 2019

– See page 3



hits DC,


pages 19-20

Photograph by Morgan Kelly

Bowmanville artist

paints more than

dresses page 23


alum lands


dream job

page 26

Photograph by Janis Williams

Photograph provided by Shannon Galea

The historical stories of interesting land in Durham. Pages 7-11

2 The Chronicle March 19 - April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus


of the


DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,

and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras

Farewell from





This is the final Chronicle issue produced by second

year Durham College journalism (left) and advertising

(below) students. Thanks to the DC and UOIT campus

community for your ongoing support of our work.

Photographs by Jim Ferr

Campus The Chronicle March 19 - April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca 3

Meagan Secord

Jackie Graves

The Chronicle


From a curious, athletic girl to a

university grad working for children's

advocacy, Angela Werner

has been helping things run

smoothly for a long time.

"Many on campus are not aware

of Angela's role in convocation because

she does it so quietly and diligently,"

says Allison Hector-Alexander,

director of the Office of

Diversity, Inclusions and Transitions

at Durham College.

Werner oversees all aspects of

convocation, one of the biggest

events on campus. In 2018, there

were five ceremonies in spring and

one in the fall. According to Werner,

approximately 5,000 students

graduate, with about 500 students

crossing the stage at each ceremony.

Werner is Durham College's

Executive Assistant to the Executive

Director/Registrar, Strategic

Enrolment Services at Durham

College - a title she herself acknowledges

as very long.

She studied psychology at Brock

University where she earned an

honours degree before getting her

masters at the University of Toronto.

She did multiple placements

through school, including the Canadian

Mental Health Association

drop-in clinic in St. Catharines, as

well as a placement with the City of

Toronto helping community organizations

help write grant proposals.

“It was a very eye-opening experience,”

she says. “It was a very

interesting part of my education.”

Werner says she moved away

from a clinical focus as she found

the work too emotionally overwhelming.

“I didn’t feel I was as helpful in

that area because I took a lot of

stuff home with me," she says. "I

feel like being able to help in a little

bit of a different way was just better

for me personally.”

She found her way to Durham by

looking for a local job. She says it

made sense to stop “fighting traffic

every day.”

Every year, Werner says she likes

to "do something different" and

takes on new projects.

Recently, she worked on a project

to track and review what communications

students were receiving in

various Student Affairs departments

with the goal of streamlining

content, preventing information


Angie Paisley, Executive Assistant

to the vice-president of Student

Affairs, and Melissa Bosomworth,

Wellness Coach, were the two other

staff members involved in the project.

“It was a sort of different project

to keep it interesting and moving

forward,” Werner says with a


“There’s always another project

that comes up, and that’s what I

really like about this role.”

Werner loves her job because of

DC's students.

“The most wonderful thing

about being at the college is the students,"

she says. "Every time there’s

a new group of students starting,

you can feel their excitement and

their hope. It’s the best thing about

working at the college.”


As a first generation Canadian

from a Jamaican family, education

was not only highly important to

Ashley Marshall, it became a lifelong


"I’m a thinker, I’m an academic,”

Marshall says. “My version of

education is get this degree, then

the next highest degree, then the

next highest degree.”

Marshall's grandmother came

to Canada with her five children

from Jamaica to provide them with

a better life. Marshall says she grew

up with a sense of responsibility to

be successful.

“Education and the pursuit of

knowledge was always an expectation,

it wasn’t a choice,” she says. “I

have to be exceptional and I have

to work twice as hard.”

However, Marshall says her

mother assured her she was smart.

“I always knew I wanted to be

smart. I wanted to be recognized

for my ability to think," she says.

“That’s all I knew.”

She pursued an English degree

in the hopes of becoming a lawyer.

During her degree, she fell in love

with English and writing then pursued

a degree with McMaster for

sociology but later changed course,

switching to English and Cultural


“It just lit my world on fire,”

she says. “I’m a black person, I’m

a woman, I’m also working class,

I’m also able-bodied, I’m also

heterosexual, I’m also in my 20s.

All those different things you can

look at from multiple intersections.”

Marshall eventually found a

place at Durham College shortly

after a political campaign job came

to an end. She teaches communications,

a job she loves because there

is a "finesse to communicating."

In 2018, Marshall presented at

the Black Portraitures colloquium

on African American culture hosted

by Harvard University’s Hutchins

Center for African and African

American Research.

This experience inspired her and

her mentor, Allison Hector-Alexander,

to create the Black Student

Success Network at DC.

"Blackness comes with unique

challenges," Marshall says. "We

started a network where people

understand your identity."


“Life can be fair or unfair but

you just do the best you can and

you don’t allow roadblocks.”

Moreen Fearon-Tapper, Dean of

Teaching, Learning and Program

Quality at Durham College, says

she was taught by her parents when

she was young to not give up and

always do her best: a lesson she still

follows to this day.

Her mom, Inez Fearon, is one of

her biggest inspirations.

“She inspired all of us as children

to be our best self,” she says. “My

mother was the type that when

we were all going through school,

she would sit up with us while we

stayed up till 2 a.m. working on an


The lessons her mom taught

her are similar to the advice

Fearon-Tapper has for her two


Along with being the best version

of themselves, she says girls should

be fearless, take time to learn

things, take a leap of faith, have

confidence and be open to where

things will take them.

“There are very few jobs per se

that I intentionally set out from the

start of my career that ‘this is what

I want to be’,” says Fearon-Tapper.

“What I did was I did the best

possible job, even when I worked at

McDonald’s I was the best cashier.

You can transfer that anywhere.”

Born in England, Fearon-Tapper

moved to Canada when she was an

infant. She grew up in downtown

Toronto and Scarborough.

It was here where she went from

Photograph by Meagan Secord

Ashley Marshall (top left), Moreen Fearon-Tapper (top right), Linda Flynn (bottom left), Ana

Jimenez (bottom middle) and Angela Werner (bottom right) are DC's Leading Women.

Meet the leading women at DC nominated

by their peers for International Women's Day

Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute

to The University of Toronto

to study political science and sociology.

She worked at the Michener

Institute, an academic institution

devoted to applied health sciences

education, for four years, and then

Centennial College for 12. This

year marks 13 years at DC .

“I don’t see being a woman in

this field to be a barrier…I actually

see it as an asset,” she says. “Not

to generalize or stereotype but ...

inherent in us as women is that nurturer,

that caring.”

Fearon-Tapper has dedicated her

career to teaching, supporting and

helping others. She says her position

in the Centre for Academic

and Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E.)

makes it possible to support staff

and through that, she supports


“The people and the impact ... is

why I love my job,” she says. “We’re

really lucky and I work with absolutely

fabulous people, they’re so

talented and dedicated.”


“I grew up in Oshawa actually.

I went to elementary school, high

school and college. I went to Durham


Linda Flynn, associate vice-president

for the Office of Development

and Alumni Affairs at DC, is not

only proud to be an alumni of the

public relations (PR) program here,

but to be an employee as well.

After working in PR for non-profit

organizations, such as United

Way and the Children’s Wish

Foundation for 30 years, Flynn

came back to where it all began.

Her DC diploma hangs proudly in

her office at Campus Corners.

“This job came up and it really

married all of the skills and experience

that I’ve gained over the 30

years and so I applied for the job

and got it,” she says, adding if she

had to pick a legacy to leave here

at DC, it would be that she “provided

the support to move projects

along, projects that help students.

So whether it's capital projects like

the new (CFCE) building or engaging

our alumni as mentors for


Flynn hasn’t stopped her learning

just because she’s a graduate

though. She is currently working

on her Masters of Arts in leadership

through Royal Roads University.

She decided to start the program

when her five children were done

university and says, “it’s a subject

matter that I am very interested in

and it’s just the right time in my


Flynn has many inspirations in

her job but the people she works

with are what makes the job enjoyable.

“I am inspired by the team I

work with,” she says. “I work with

some very hard-working, dedicated



“There has been a lot of moving

and changes and adapting to different

cultures growing up but my

parents have done an excellent job

at maintaining Chilean culture in

my family.”

Ana Belen Jimenez, international

project support officer for the International

Office, is in a fitting position

considering her background.

Originally from Chile, her family

moved to Sweden when she was

two. Three years later, they found

themselves in Canada, where she

has grown up.

“My parents, they are the cornerstone,

they are the foundation. My

family is like a little tribe and I

think being immigrants and feeling

isolated has kind of made us quite

a solid unit,” Belen Jimenez says.

She says her parents upheld

Chilean traditions, such as speaking

Spanish and certain cultural

values, in their household when she

was growing up which made her

and her family very close.

“Their lifelong mission is to enable

us, their children, to be successful

and to shine,” she says. “I

hope I can do that for my kids as

they get older, to give even a sliver

of that support that my parents

gave to me."

Her parents always encouraged

her and her siblings, which ultimately

led to her taking marketing

and advertisement program at Centennial


Afterwards, she worked for the

City of Toronto’s Tourism Board

for seven years, where her natural

talent for mediating shone.

She says when she was in school

growing up she always took to the

liaison role in groups instead of being

the leader.

Now, Belen Jimenez coordinates

international projects at DC.

“I see myself as a facilitator in

encouraging staff to engage these

projects,” she says.

Belen Jimenez recently coordinated

the partnership between DC

and Kenya for the Kenya Education

for Employment Plan. The

project connects colleges in Kenya

with institutes in Canada to help

revise the curriculum to a more

hands-on approach.

Durham has an incredible

amount of skilled, inter-culturally

savvy and driven faculty and

staff that really want to make a

difference not just at Durham but

abroad,” she says.

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Know the Indigenous land where you stand

The Truth and Reconciliation

Commission of Canada was completed

at the end of 2015, and 94

Calls to Action were published but

there is a long way to go in efforts

of reconciliation with Indigenous


It is up to Canadians to understand

the land where they stand.

A good starting point is land acknowledgement,

which is the act of

acknowledging the First Nations,

Métis, and/or Inuit territories of a


For example, the Durham

College (DC) and University of

Ontario Institute of Technology

(UOIT) campus sits on the traditional

territory of the Mississaugas

of Scugog Island First Nations.

Land acknowledgements often

happen at the beginning of a public

meeting or ceremony.

Elder Carolyn King visited

UOIT in early February to share

her insight.

“It [land acknowledgment] is a

first, good step, that they are starting

to acknowledge,” King says,

“but they may not know what it is

– there could be more background

material on it, like what does that

treaty even mean?”

The more Canadians understand

the past, the closer we as a nation

will get to true Reconciliation.

King shared a story about three

ten-year-old girls, she met at an

Indigenous event at Fort York. She

asked what they knew about First

Nations and they proudly recited

the land acknowledgement. King

told them everyone at the gathering

that day were Mississauga Indians.

She says the girls couldn’t believe

they were actually real.

King is the founder of the Moccasin

Identifier Project, an education

and awareness initiative she

hopes to introduce to elementary

schools within the province and

eventually across the country.

Similar to the meaning behind

the Moccasin Identifier Project,

second-year journalism students are

required to write an article for The

Chronicle about the "Land Where

We Stand" (LWWS).

Each article takes an in-depth

look at a historical building or area

in Durham Region, which holds

either economic, social or environmental


While many people might think

of the history of a building being

held within its aging walls, the story

goes back even further – to the land

where the dwelling resides.

The Oshawa Museum is already

taking the next step. In preparation

for the LWWS project, archivist

Jennifer Weymark spoke about

going beyond colonial history and

honing in on the Indigenous past,

a shift for the museum.

Jill Thompson is an Indigenous

Cultural Advisor at UOIT’s Indigenous

Education and Cultural

Services Centre located in downtown

Oshawa. She says learning

about the Indigenous past is crucial.

“There are many non-Indigenous

people who were not taught

proper Canadian history. This is

not just Indigenous history, this is

Canadian history,” says Thompson.

There are 634 First Nations in

Canada. They speak more than

50 unique languages, according to

The Canadian Encyclopedia.

It is important for Canadian citizens,

many of whom are non-Indigenous,

to acknowledge and take

the time to learn about the land

where we stand.

Indigenous history and culture

deserves respect. It must be preserved

and understood. This is

what the 94 calls to action attempt

to address and achieve.

In 2018, the social studies and

history curriculums for elementary

and high school students changed

to include lessons about Indigenous

peoples, cultures and histories.

Between 1999 and 2001, a Native

Languages program was

introduced to elementary and high

school curriculums in Ontario.

Recently, members of the Montreal

Urban Aboriginal Community

Strategy Network, a non-profit

which works to improve the lives of

Aboriginal people in the Montreal

area, created an Indigenous Ally


The toolkit emphasizes critical

thinking, correct terminology and

how to act accordingly, once armed

with knowledge.

All you need is five minutes to

get started.

“The more people educate themselves

on the history and current

Indigenous issues, the more they

will understand the need for reconciliation

and how this country

can be so much better if we all accept

each other’s differences,” says


Canadians need to take action.

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Educational institutions aren't up to par



Students aren’t learning the necessary

skills they need to be employable

and it’s time to hold institutions

accountable. Plain and


Post-secondary students in Ontario

aren’t up to par when it comes

to numeracy and literacy skills -

which is a big problem, and you

can count on that.

Two studies conducted by the

Higher Education Quality Council

of Ontario (HEQCO) surveyed

over 7,500 students across 20 Ontario

post-secondary institutions,

and what they found is both sad

and highly concerning.

The studies showed a large number

of students scored below what

is “adequate” in order to succeed

in the current job market. Those

who scored at a “superior” level

only made up a third of the students


How is this possible when one of

the primary reasons students pursue

higher education is to get a job?

The president and chief executive

of HEQCO, Harvey Weingarten,

says while universities and

colleges insist they prepare students

for the workplace, employers are

“frustrated” as students lack critical-thinking,

problem-solving, and

communication-based skills.

It’s important to note this study

was measuring whether or not

students can process written and

numerical information to solve

problems -- it wasn’t testing if they

could read or perform arithmetic.

This speaks volumes as to how

the education system is handling

their students’ education.

Students aren’t learning the

necessary skills they need to be

employable and it’s time to hold

institutions accountable. Plain and


However, it’s fair to say students

have to ensure they make the most

of their education. All college programs

in Ontario have employability

outcomes in their courses.

These Essential Employability

Skills (EES) are critical for student

success in the workplace regardless

of their program. According to

the Durham College website, these

skills focus on three fundamental


They are important for every

adult to function successfully in society;

colleges are well equipped to

prepare graduates with these skills;

and these skills are equally valuable

for all graduates regardless of their

level of credentials or their choice

in a career path or further education.

Yet, it isn’t just students in college

and university who are struggling,

it’s a large number of Ontarians.

According to the Community

Literacy of Ontario, a provincial

literacy network,15 per cent of

people in Ontario ages 16 to 65

scored at and below level 1 of literacy.

People at this level will struggle

seriously with reading even the

most basic texts.

It doesn’t stop there, however.

The Community Literacy of

Ontario also reports 32 per cent

of Ontarians scored at a literacy

level 2.

This means they can read with

difficulty and likely will have issues

navigating basic forms and directions

encountered in daily life, such

as rental agreements and even

medical instructions.

On the numeracy side of things,

the outcomes are even grimmer;

22 per cent of people scored at or

below numeracy level 1, meaning

they have very limited math skills.

Thirty-one per cent scored at a

numeracy level 2, which means

they’ll struggle with completing

common and necessary numeracy-related


This means more than half of the

people in Ontario have less than a

numeracy level 3.

According to the Employment

and Social Development Canada

and the Conference Board of Canada,

you need to at least score this

level to function well in modern

Canadian society.

Clearly, this is not an isolated

issue, and arguably the current

education system is at the heart.

Institutions have teaching outcomes

in place to ensure their pupils

are employable.

Under no circumstance should

an educated person struggle with

everyday challenges.

So, either someone isn’t doing

their job, or it’s time to reform the

current system to make post-secondary

students employable.

Critical thinking, problem-solving

and communication skills need

to be taught and reinforced before

students begin post-secondary.

The secondary school curriculum

should focus less on literacy

curriculum what is this? from

2003 and “theory and abstract

problems” when it comes to mathematics.

Instead, high-school students

need up-to-date, practical literacy

and numeracy curriculum to make

sure they’re prepared for not only

for future education but for life.

As for post-secondary, they need

to ensure students are meeting the

employability outcomes for all

programs by injecting them in the


Whether it’s through problem-solving

activities, group work,

critical thinking through real-world

situations, or replacing algebra

with “what a mortgage is and what

taxes mean” course.

Suffice to say, something needs

to change.

The job market is forever adapting

and students are expected to

as well.

It’s time that their institutions did

the same. Student employability is

counting on it.

How does climate 'change' the weather?

The ice caps are melting, the sea

levels are rising, and the temperatures

are climbing. These are all

well-known side effects of global

warming but as recent weather

indicates, storms are also intensifying.

Storms in Oshawa, and all over

the province, have been stronger

than usual, especially in the last few


Heavy snowfall, raging winds

and slick freezing rain have hammered

local businesses, affected

travel conditions and even closed

post-secondary campuses. Changes

in climate have been altering our

weather and increasing the severity

of storms.

These stronger systems are created

as a result of human activity and

polluting the environment and this

is a serious problem, a 2017 extreme

weather studysays.

Climate change strengthens

storms no matter the season. To

understand howclimate change

strengthens storms, one must

understand the greenhouse effect.

The greenhouse effect, a natural

occurrence, contributes greatly to

climate change.

The solar energy we receive from

the sun heats our planet - NASA

says some heat from the sun is reflected

but most of it is absorbed

through our land and oceans.

As the earth warms, the planet

radiates heat known as thermal

infrared radiation. This energy

travels up into the atmosphere and

the radiation is absorbed by greenhouse

gases such as carbon dioxide,

nitrous oxide, methane and water




Greenhouse gases trap and send

heat all over but most of the heat

penetrates the earth’s surface - thus

producing warmer temperatures.

Humans are changing the course

of nature by sending more chemicals

into the atmosphere, creating

an ‘enhanced’ greenhouse effect.

This means stronger, potentially

destructive and even deadly weather

conditions worldwide.

According to the 2014 Fifth Assessment

Report from the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate


“since the industrial revolution

began in 1750, carbon dioxide levels

have increased nearly 38 percent

as of 2009 and methane levels have

increased 148 percent.”

Carbon dioxide and methane

are released through a variety of

methods such as burning fossil

fuels, farming and deforestation.

The more greenhouse gases in the

atmosphere, the more heat is absorbed

and trapped in the atmosphere.

The Fifth Assessment Report

also identified industrial activities

have propelled global warming forward.

Carbon dioxide levels have

raised from “280 parts per million

(ppm) to 400 parts per million in

the last 150 years.” This means a

120 ppm increase in atmospheric

greenhouse gas concentration. The

panel concluded “there’s a more

than 95 percent probability that

human activities over the past 50

years have warmed our planet.”

Warmer temperatures will also

lead to more water vapour concentration

in our atmosphere, creating

hotter and moister average temperatures.

This means heavier rainfall, intense

flooding and more frequent

lower pressure systems. Through

forecasting models and remote sensing,

precipitation data can be interpreted,

processed and broadcasted

to the public.

However, some storms are more

difficult to read. The link between

tornadoes and global warming

is still unclear with little to no

research concluding additional

strength or damage associated with

the disaster.

The Centre for Climate and

Energy Solutions says climate

change could eventually shift the

timing of tornadoes and their locations,

which is bad news for us.

Tornadoes are sporadic, shortterm

and need the right balance of

conditions to form.

Hurricanes are more predictable,

last for a few days and easily require

warmer oceans.

Warmer oceans encourage

stronger and more damaging hurricanes.

Hurricane seasons have been

extending and the storms have been

more frequent due to atmospheric

instability. Climate change contributes

to the speed and power of these

cyclones. It is still possible to slow

down the process of climate change

and avoid wilder weather.

Small changes in support of the

Simple ways that you can reduce carbon emissions.

environment can make a large impact

on the earth’s carbon footprint.

The sustainability and future of our

planet relies on reducing greenhouse

gas emissions.

Infographic by Kathryn Fraser

In order to ensure a safer tomorrow

for the next generation,

we must realize climate change is

real and is escalating the weather

around us.

6 The Chronicle March 19 – April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Our stories from Kenya

Durham Journalism - Mass Media students tell the stories of how

Colleges and Institutes Canada - including Durham - are assisting

the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP).

The stories, told through multimedia Esri story maps,

can be found at chronicle.durhamcollege.ca

Screenshot from Chronicle website

A screenshot of one of the KEFEP Overview story maps, created by students in the Journalism - Mass Media program.

Sharon Eshuchi, a program

officer with KEFEP, is

surrounded by the Durham

College team in Nairobi,

Kenya, (from left) Shanelle

Somers, Danielle Harder, Jeff

Burbidge, Jennifer Bedford,

Ana Belen Jimenez, Joanne

Spicer and Janis Williams.

Photograph by Amunga Eshuchi

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 19 - April 15, 2019 The Chronicle 7


to the

Land Where

We Stand

The land where we stand at Durham College and the

University of Ontario Institute of Technology sits on

traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog

Island First Nations, within the territory covered by the

Williams Treaties.

Uncovering the hidden stories about the land our

community is built on is what the The Chronicle's

feature series, the Land Where We Stand, is about. The

series is an ongoing collaboration with the Oshawa


Pages 8 - 11 are some of the stories students have

created to represent the changing socioeconomic,

political, environmental and cultural areas of Durham


Read more at chronicle.durhamcollege.ca.

Follow us @DCUOITChronicle and use

#landwherewestand to join the conversation, ask

questions or send us more information.

Photograph by Jasper Myers

Photograph courtesy of the Oshawa Centre

The Camp X monument at Intrepid Park in Whitby.

The Oshawa Centre in the 1960s, when it was an open air mall.

Photograph courtesy of Whitby Archives

Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village was a popular tourist attraction in Whitby. It opened in 1980 and was active for 25 years.

8 The Chronicle March 19 – April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community

History parked at Canadian Automotive Museum

Cecelia Feor

The Chronicle

The Canadian Automotive Museum

(CAM) has been driving

its automotive collection forward

since opening day on September

23, 1963.

Each car has a story, and its history

remains parked in the museum.

While many people’s favourite

memories about CAM may be the

cars on display, Ted Rundle, 68,

can’t say the same.

In 1962, his father, Dr. Ed Rundle,

bought the building the museum

now occupies, which, from

1935-1960, was the Anglo-Canadian

Drug Company.

“It smelled like pharmaceuticals,

it was unbelievable,” Rundle says,

noting the building was completely

empty upon his first visit.

Something else caught young

Rundle’s attention: the freight elevator.

The elevator has been a part of

the building since the first known

tenant, The Jackson Motor Company,

in 1921. It was also useful

for Ontario Motor Sales, who

later occupied the building from

1924-1931. The upper level was the

showroom, ground level the service

centre and the basement was storage

for parts.

“We used to go into that, slide

the gate shut, and we’d go up and

down in the elevator as little kids,”

Rundle says with a grin, noting it’s

his favourite memory of the museum.

The elevator is still in use today,

and helps to move vehicles on the

second floor.

Dr. Rundle bought the building

as an investment, and rented it to

CAM until 1968, when the museum

was able to buy it from him

for $125,000.

The then-town, now city, of Oshawa

was able to raise $105,000 for

the purchase of the building, and

R.S. McLaughlin donated the remaining

$20,000 needed.

The current parking lot of CAM

was, at one point, Dr. Rundle’s

practice and home. It was also the

building Rundle was born in.

The museum was a project of the

Oshawa Chamber of Commerce,

which it shared the building with

until the Chamber relocated in


While Rundle did not attend

opening day at CAM, Bob

Schmidt, 71, did.

“I don’t remember how many

cars were in here, but I remember

being impressed,” Schmidt says.

He attended opening day with

his father, who worked at a car


Over the years, he would make

the trip from Orillia to visit the museum

while his wife shopped in the

Oshawa Centre.

Schmidt has been a tour guide at

CAM since 2013, after he retired as

a teacher and moved from Orillia

to Oshawa.

As for Schmidt’s favourite memory,

it involves family too.

“Bringing my sons here. They’re

both gear-heads like me, they both

love cars,” he says with a smile.

Schmidt’s sons are both engineers,

and he thinks coming to

CAM had an impact.

“I think they got their love of

that partly from coming to The

Canadian Automotive Museum,”

he says.

While Schmidt seems to know

almost every car inside and out,

he does have a favourite: The De-


“Sadly, John DeLorean was a

very tall man, and so am I, so I

can’t fit in the car,” Schmidt says

with a laugh.

Like Schmidt, Rundle first visited

the museum with his father,

but in 1964.

“It was really cool going through

it, some of the cars were just awesome,”

Rundle says.

Not only did Rundle play in the

building as a child, he has also donated

some items to the CAM.

Recently, he donated lantern

slides of Chevrolet cars. Despite the

slides being black and white, Rundle

says some of the cars were hand

painted different colours, such as

red, blue and yellow.

Rundle’s grandfather, Colonel

Frank Chappell, was the first

engineer in Oshawa and helped

convert and set up the Chevrolet

division at General Motors (GM).

Rundle also donated a film

clip of his grandfather with the

1,000,000th car coming off the

GM line.

CAM has seen an engine upgrade

in recent years, in part because

of curator Alex Gates, who

started in 2014.

“I’ve certainly learned a lot,

we’ve been working to connect the

museum side with the functional

side of caring, operating and maintaining

historical motor vehicles,”

says Gates.

While many museums have

smaller pieces that are easier to

display, CAM faces a unique challenge

of having a larger and heavier


“We have fewer objects, but they

tell bigger stories,” Gates says.

Although Canadian is in the museum’s

name, there are a variety of

cars on display.

“That was a decision they made

back in the 60s, to not just be the

Oshawa or the GM, to not just have

a local scope but to tell more of a

national scope in terms of the stories,”

Gates says.

However the history of Mc-

Laughlin Buicks and GM is an

integral part of Oshawa’s history.

The archivist at the Oshawa

Museum, Jennifer Weymark, says

CAM has played an impactful role

in the development of the City of


“Oshawa has a long history of

manufacturing and the automobile

industry was arguably the most important

industry in Oshawa for a

very long time,” she says.

In recognition of that, efforts

were made to expand and improve

the museum in the 1970s.

A relocation was also pushed, to

be closer to Highway 401. The site

was meant to be the current GO

Train parking lot. The efforts were

in hopes of increasing attendance.

CAM hoped to adopt the name

AutoCanada, and with its hopes

came a $3-million price tag and as

a result, support diminished.

By 1982, the plans were cancelled.

The museum renovated the front

lobby and the entire building was

used for the museum.

But the brakes weren’t put on

after that.

In 1986, the museum received

cars from the Craven Foundation,

whose parent company manufactured

tobacco products.

In 1995, the museum acquired

another 20 cars from the collection

of John McDougald, a Canadian

business tycoon.

The newest car CAM has on display

has three movies under its belt.

Photograph by Cecelia Feor and The Oshawa Museum Archives

The Canadian Automotive Museum as it looked in 1963 (right side of image) and as it looks now (left side of image).

We have fewer

objects, but

they tell bigger


Lightning McQueen from the

Pixar animated movie Cars is on

lease and displayed at the museum,

among the older models.

Gates says the collection at the

museum is unique since it didn’t

come from one collection, and as a

result can tell multiple stories about

the cars.

“To show these cars off as not

being factory examples that were

put in a box for 100 years and then

unveiled here, but having had lives

and being driven places, and stored

in garages and washed, adding that

human element,” Gates says, adding

that information is a lot more

interesting to people, a sentiment

echoed by Schmidt.

“You like to see that spark when

people get something, you know?

So doing the tours is really great

because you get to tell the stories of

people who owned the cars, and the

cars themselves,” he says.

Even though it’s been a bumpy

road, CAM continues to drive forward.

In 2017, it received a Canada 150

Community Infrastructure grant

for various upgrades and maintenance

on the building itself.

Special guided tours are held

during specific holidays, such as

Valentine’s Day and Halloween,

to emphasize the human story the

collection tells.

From selling and repairing the

newest models, to housing a collection

which brings a city together,

The Canadian Automotive

Museum has definitely made a


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 19 - April 15, 2019 The Chronicle 9

Durham Region home for spies

Jasper Myers

The Chronicle

Photo provided by Lynn Philip Hodgson

Camp X telecommunications

tool, Hydra.

Growing up, Nancy Davidson, 61,

never knew much about her father’s

involvement in World War Two


Much like the history of Camp

X, the spy training camp once located

on the shores of Whitby and

Oshawa, Davidson’s father Harvey

Chambers kept the stories of what

he truly did during WWII a secret.

“My dad never talked about the

war,” Davidson says. “It was not a

conversation that we ever had ...

we always watched Remembrance

Day but there was not a lot of talk

about it.”

Chambers is one of over 500

agents who trained at the camp.

Camp X was created by the Government

of Canada and the British

Security Co-Ordination (BSC) on

Dec. 6, 1941, one day before the

attack on Pearl Harbour.

British Prime Minister Sir Winston

Churchill instructed BSC chief

Sir William Stephenson, who was

from Winnipeg, to create “ ‘the

clenched fist that would provide

the knockout blow’ to the Axis

powers,” according to Lynn Phillip

Hodgson, historian and author

of Inside Camp X, as well as the

website, camp-x.com.

Hodgson has done an extensive

amount of research on Camp X,

but Oshawa Museum archivist,

Jennifer Weymark, says not everyone

believes Hodgson’s research is


Camp X was known officially

by many names: S25-1-1 by the

RCMP, Project-J by the Canadian

military, and STS-103 (Special

Training School 103) by the Special

Operations Executive (SOE), a

branch of the British secret intelligence


Hodgson, who has been studying

Camp X for more than four decades,

says the camp was important

to the war.

“All of what is now Durham Region

played a very important role

in the second world war, extremely

important,” says Hodgson. “So

much so that, if it [Camp X] didn’t

exist, it could’ve made a difference

in the war, in the outcome of the


The camp trained secret agents,

like Chambers, to cross enemy lines

in WWII on specialized missions.

Agents were trained in silent killing

and unarmed combat. Spies were

also psychologically trained to always

be aware of, and respond to,

their surroundings.

One notable agent who trained

at the camp was Ian Fleming, creator

of James Bond.

While some people dispute this

claim, Hodgson and a current

member of the international special

operations community who

has worked with Hodgson, say they

have proof Fleming was there.

“[I] sent them the documents

that proves that Ian Fleming was

at Camp X in 1943, in the summer

of 1943,” says Hodgson. He adds

although Fleming made up the

Bond stories, the things he did in

the books were based on what was

actually done at the camp.

“We have in multiple cases,

interviews with Ian Fleming himself,”

says the special operations

agent, whose name is being withheld

for security reasons. “So, we

have literally BBC and even CBC

interviews, that go back, they’re

open source.”

In a phone call interview, the

special operations agent says the

interviews with Fleming talking

about his time in Canada go back

to the ‘70s.

The agent, who works as an instructor

in the special operations

community, also says Camp X and

its training has had a great influence

on the Canadian military


“It was the founding birthplace

of many of our unconventional

warfare types of capabilities,” he

says. “Camp X essentially was

the most highly classified training

facility for spies, secret agents,

saboteurs, in some cases assassins,

basically in the world in the early


Davidson, whose father died 16

years ago, believes the people who

trained at Camp X were a special

group of people, and is impressed

her dad was part of it.

“It was such a specialized skill set

to have and that my dad was part

of that specialized skillset, that was

sort of a cool thing,” she says.

Some of the specialized skills

agents were taught at Camp X include

a form of martial arts called


Davidson’s father, Harvey

Chambers, taught this skill to her

The Camp X monument at Intrepid Park on Boundary Road in Whitby.

husband, who has studied marital


“My dad said to him ... do you

know ... how to walk if somebody

has a gun in your back so you know

where the rifle is?” explains Davidson.

“And my husband would look

at him and say, why would you

want to know that, and my dad

said, well it’s a useful skill.”

It wasn’t until Chambers passed

that Davidson and her husband

learned it had been taught at Camp


Agents training at Camp X also

learned how to use traditional

weapons like guns. Davidson remembers

her dad using a gun as a

kid, and how skilled he was.

“It was pretty spectacular as a

kid growing up to see my dad use

a gun, because you’ve never seen

anybody use a gun like my dad,”

says Davidson, adding she wouldn’t

even play video games with him.

“My husband just said yeah you

should try playing Duck Hunt with

him [Chambers] on Nintendo,” she

laughs. “I was like, forget it. You

know, he would just look at you like

‘why are you even trying?’”

The international special operations

agent says he uses the skills

taught at Camp X in his own instruction.

“I resurrected a lot of the original

training and trade craft that was

taught at Camp X by individuals

like Bill Underwood, William Fairburn

and different folks like that,”

says the operations agent who had

just returned from an overseas trip.

“I modified many of these, these

skillsets considerably for a modern


One of the camp’s notable features

was Hydra, a telecommunications

tool built by Pat Bayley and

Photograph by Jasper Myers

used at Camp X. Hydra was the

most powerful communications

tool of its type at the time.

“It was the communication, soul

communications base between

North America and Great Britain

during the war,” says Hodgson. Hydra

was created to link the North

and South America SOE and the

European operations of SOE.

The communications aspect

was one reason Camp X was built

where it was on the shores of Lake

Ontario. The spot was ideal for

bouncing radio signals.

The lakeshore site was also

chosen for its proximity to Defense

Industries Ltd.(now Ajax), Camp

30 in Bowmanville, the Oshawa

Airport, and General Motors

(GM). At that time, the Oshawa

Airport was a Royal Canadian

Airforce and Royal Airforce Air

Training School and GM was producing

tanks, machine guns and

military equipment.

Most of these places still exist,

unlike Camp X.

The monument stands as a reminder

of what once was. Hodgson

gives tours of the land, now Intrepid

Park, for Doors Open Oshawa

every year.

Davidson visited Intrepid Park

after her father died.

“It’s sort of hard to believe that it

was so close,” she says. “That it was

just so close, and yet so far away.

Nobody knew about it. It was just

sort of a neat feeling, that he was

part of there, that he was there.”

After WWII, the camp operated

until 1969. But it went by a different


Camp X was called the Oshawa

wireless station. “And what they did

was, because the radio technology

was so state of the art, they continued

to operate from Camp X, in

the Cold War, with the Russians,”

says Hodgson, who has travelled to

Britain to do research for Camp X

and WWII.

“Camp X was absolutely active

in some very, very Cold War

spyesque, you know, types of activities

during the Cold War,” says

the special operations agent, who

has known Hodgson for 20 years,

adding a lot of the information

pertaining to the Cold War is still


In 1969, the Camp X buildings

were bulldozed into Lake Ontario,

but one building was restored for

the Ontario Regiment Museum

by Durham College’s heritage program

a few years ago.

As for Davidson, her father never

told her about training at Camp X.

He did tell her husband indirectly,

but since his death Davidson has

spent time restoring the parts of

her father’s story she could through

her own research. Parts of the research

were filled in by a neighbour

Chambers also told.

This year for the 75th anniversary

of D-Day, Davidson is going

to Juno Beach.

“I’m conducting a choir, we’re

representing Canada on Juno

Beach this year,” says Davidson,

whose father landed on Juno Beach

on D-Day during the war.

She says Chambers never returned

to Juno Beach for any of

the anniversary celebrations, but he

did pay for two students from Port

Perry High School to go because

he felt it was important for them to

learn that history.

“It’s going to be wonderful,”

she says, choking up. “It’s pretty

amazing that they did that. I’m

very proud of him."

10 The Chronicle March 19 - April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community

Geothermal: A hidden energy

Dakota Evans

The Chronicle

“When I was ten-years-old, I took

a trip with my family to Germany

and I saw a wind turbine for the

first time, in person. Germany was

very advanced when it came to

that,” said Hamstra, who has since

found herself drawn to solutions for

climate change.

Geothermal has been identified

as an important technology to help

reduce greenhouse gas emissions by

80 per cent by 2050.

Recent reports from the Canadian

Greenbuilding Council have

identified geothermal as one of the

key technologies to be implemented

for heating and cooling built environments.

“A very small amount of electricity

is required to do the heat transfer,”

said Sarah Dehler, communications

and sustainability specialist

for Siemens, the largest industrial

manufacturing company in Europe

with a branch office in Ottawa. “It

is a very efficient technology.”

Many students from Oshawa’s

Durham College (DC) and the

University of Ontario Institute of

Technology (UOIT) have walked

to the library, attended frosh week

events or sat and enjoyed time with

friends at The Polonsky Commons.

However, right under the feet of

those students is something special.

UOIT is using renewable energy

known as geothermal to conserve

and reuse heat which comes from

the earth.

UOIT has been using a 2,000-

ton geothermal energy system,

which has been operating since

2004, to heat their buildings during

the cold weather and provide

cooling during the warmer months.

“I had no idea, that’s actually

really cool,” says Crystal Slappendel,

a third-year accounting major

at UOIT.

Durham College’s north Oshawa

campus will join UOIT and DC’s

Whitby campus by using geothermal

this spring.

Doug Crossman, who has been

director of facilities management

at DC and UOIT since 2005, is

at the forefront of the geothermal

renovations at DC Oshawa.

Durham College’s Whitby

Campus has also been using the

geothermal method on their buildings

for around eight to nine years,”

said Crossman.

The Simcoe Geothermal Field,

which will sit where the old Simcoe

Building once sat on the north

campus, will look and work similar

to UOIT’s but on a smaller scale.

“We [DC] have gone after significant

funding which would allow

us [DC] to install geothermal.

The capital upfront and cost of the

system at the start is higher but the

payback and the operating costs are

lower,” said Crossman.

Laura Hamstra, sustainability coordinator for Durham College.

On March 12, 2018, DC announced

$14.7 million for funding

by the province’s Greenhouse Gas

Campus Retrofits Program. DC’s

geothermal field will use $9.1 million

while another $1.45 million

will go into completing upgrades

on existing facilities.

The announcement was part

of Ontario’s five-year Climate

Change Action Plan from 2016 to


We [DC] have

gone after



In the long run, DC will pay less

for the energy needed, said Crossman.

DC’s north campus will be using

one of three types of Underground

Thermal Energy Storage (UTES)

known as the Borehole Thermal

Energy Storage (BTES) consisting

of a series of six-inch drilled holes

600 feet down.

“These boreholes are filled with

piping inserted, known as U-tubing,

which goes all the way each

way to discharge heat into the

ground and pull heat from the

ground,” said Crossman.

According to DC’s Green

Team newsletter, the BTES systems

work by having energy stored

underneath the ground to be used

when needed.

Thermal energy will be deposited

into the ground during the summer

months to cool the buildings

and during the winter months, it

will be taken from the ground to

provide warmth.

The north Oshawa campus

BTES system will be large-scale

and at the beginning, will only provide

energy to the Gordon Willey


The Simcoe Geothermal Field

will be the foundation for DC’s

brand new Innovation Centre, a

new home for experiential learning

on campus.

Both the Simcoe Geothermal

Field and the Innovation Centre

share the primary contractor Siemens,

said Crossman.

“The Innovation Centre will

provide a first-hand look at the

equipment supporting borehole

field and the transfer of thermal

energy from the ground to the

building,” said Dehler.

“It’s important that students who

will be working in these energy-related

fields are educated.”

Currently, there are two groups

meeting to decide how to implement

the Innovation Centre space

into classrooms.

“Energy Innovation Centre connecting

Teaching and Learning

(EICTL) is a group of academic

leaders from across the academic

institution who are steering how the

space will be used by academics,”

said Dehler, who has worked in the

sustainability field for 12 years.

Working alongside EICTL is a

subcommittee comprised of about

five faculty members,

with individuals from the School

of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship &

Renewable Technology (START),

Science & Engineering Technology

(SET) and Business, IT & Management


Geothermal is

an underutilized


“At this moment it’s way too early

to say - we (faculty) have only just

started to see what it has to offer -

it may affect some course material

next semester,” says Philip Jarvis, a

member on the subcommittee, and

a professor in the school of Science

& Engineering Technology.

As a college, with an outcomes-based

curriculum, DC focusses

on hands-on learning and

the Innovation Centre is yet another


“At DC, we live by the words ‘the

student experience comes first’,”

Photograph by Dakota Evans

said Hamstra.

“Any opportunity to provide

students with experiential learning

and first-hand exposure to emerging

technologies is a benefit to

the students and the quality of DC

graduates entering the workforce.”

The Innovation Centre will allow

students to observe how the

equipment takes energy from the

ground using TV screens.

The students will also be able to

watch informative videos on how

the process of heat transfer works

and how the geothermal renovation

is contributing to campus sustainability.

“The percentage of our greenhouse

gas emissions that come from

the built environment is significant

and we as a society need to figure

out how to decarbonize the heating

and cooling of our buildings,” said


“Geothermal is an underutilized


Like The Polonksy Commons,

DC’s geothermal field will offer

a new green space on campus for

anyone on the campus.

“The most immediate benefit

of using geothermal energy at DC

will be a reduction in our [DC’s]

carbon footprint.

I’m also excited to see the curriculum

that will be developed to

take full advantage of the Innovation


Plus, a new green space is being

designed on the field itself, which

will be a great place to spend time

during warmer weather,” said


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 19 - April 15, 2019 The Chronicle 11

Mini village, big nostalgia

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

For many Whitby residents, the

mere mention of Cullen Gardens

and Miniature Village, brings back

a deep sense of nostalgia.

But Wayne White says he viewed

the show garden through a less rosy


He visited Cullen Gardens a

handful of times with his children

but his memory of the property

goes back to his childhood.

In 1948, a then two-year-old

White, his parents, brother and two

sisters moved in to what would later

become Cullen Gardens’ gift shop.

The home, which would later

become known as the Jones-Puckrin

House, was owned by farmer

Frank Puckrin, who allowed farmhands,

like White’s father, to live in

the house.

“It was kind of sad to go back

there because I remember it growing

up as a kid. I remember climbing

a fence and there was always

cows, chickens, pigs and goats

around the house,” White says.

“Then all of a sudden, it’s commercialized,

an attraction – it wasn’t

like home anymore.”

The 87 acres of land where Cullen

Gardens stood, located north

of Taunton Road and Cochrane

Street, has transformed over the

years. From Indigenous land, to a

farm, to the Miniature Village and

garden attraction affectionately remembered

by visitors.

Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell says

it’s fair to say Cullen Gardens put

the town of Whitby on the map. It

was an integral part of the community

for a quarter of a century.

Founder Leonard (Len) Cullen

created aesthetically pleasing

colourful gardens housing a miniature

village based on an imaginary

Ontario town; the structures

of the life-like village were made

to scale, with close attention to intricate

details. Cullen Gardens and

Miniature Village opened in May

of 1980.

The fictional town was surrounded

by the natural beauty of

the trees, hills, ponds and land,

located at 300 Taunton Rd. W. in

Whitby. Operational miniature

boats floated on water while mechanical

trains chugged by the town,

which brought imagination to life.

Whitby’s current mayor, Don

Mitchell, remembers delivering

lumber to the Miniature Village

as part of his first job. He says Cullen

was a great supporter of local

business. Mitchell later visited the

attraction as a father with his kids.

He fondly remembers Halloween

as his favourite occasion at Cullen


Christmas was particularly

magical at the Miniature Village.

The imaginary town became a

winter wonderland, all decked out

Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village was open to the public for 26 years.

for the holiday season. Lights were

carefully strung from the scaleddown

homes and Santa came to visit,

while Christmas music filled the

air. Visitors also enjoyed carolling,

skating and the infamous Festival

of Lights, proving even while the

garden hibernated, the village was

in full bloom.

“It was certainly a source of local

pride, it was a beautiful place to

visit because Len was such a genius

with flowers and horticulture,” says


Cullen’s influence went beyond

the trails of gardens in Whitby, he

was known as a visionary and pioneer

in the horticulture industry. His

passion began when he worked as

a teenager for a landscape business

owned by John Weall. At 22-yearsold,

Cullen would purchase the

business. By 1955, he evolved the

business to become a thriving nursery,

at a time when garden centres

were uncommon.

Ferencz says Cullen was dedicated

to making his dream of a landscaped,

show garden come true.

The landmark allowed Cullen to

share his passion of horticulture

with the public.

Connecting with guests was a

priority for Cullen. He personally

responded to each compliment

and complaint about visitors’ experiences.

Cullen enjoyed the written

word and human interaction.

He wrote his own speech for the

opening day of Cullen Gardens

and Miniature Village, including

a poem inspired by Whitby.

Cullen Gardens and Miniature

Village permanently closed its

doors on Jan. 1, 2006.

Eight days later, the Town of

Whitby purchased the land from

the Cullen family.

The property was designated a

municipal park. After the town held

a public naming competition, Cullen

Central Park was announced,

with a plan of open space and parkland.

Later that year, in August,

81-year-old Cullen died of pancreatic


His children say he had dreamed

of opening up another attraction

for residents to enjoy, even purchasing

a Whitby property on a

whim. Cullen’s dream died with

him because he didn’t want to burden

his children to make his vision

a reality.

Cullen’s family donated the

money from all property sales

to charities of his choice – his

final thank you to Durham Region

residents for supporting him

through the years.

As for the actual miniature

pieces from the fictional town, the

collection was sold to the City of

Oshawa. After collecting dust in a

warehouse for years, the Niagara

Parks Commission (NPC) bought

the buildings in 2011. They are now

on display at NPC’s Botanical Gardens.

Years passed after the Town of

Whitby took over the space and the

historical buildings on the lot were

left untouched.

White says the buildings, including

the Jones-Puckrin House,

seemed forgotten.

“The longer it went, the more

dishevelled it was, as the buildings

started deteriorating, it got even

harder to go there to see how things

have changed,” recalls White.

A couple in search of a historic

home came across White’s childhood

house at the former Cullen

Gardens site. They saw the potential

behind the homes’ fragile and

weathered state. The residence

inherited new residents and a new

land to stand, on Coronation Road

in Whitby.

White says he is at peace with

his old home’s new location and

owners, looking as picturesque as

a piece belonging in the former

miniature village itself.

“I was really pleased with the

way it looks now, it fits well with the

surrounding area and with everything

looking new,” he says, “I am

really happy for the new owners.”

For now, the land where Cullen

Gardens and Miniature Village’s

legacy lives is just property, with

some ruins from the buildings left


Part of the terrain is about to

undergo a major overhaul. It is

slated to become a modern-day

tourist destination - Nordik

Spa-Nature Whitby.

“I think it’s the most eagerly anticipated

thing in Whitby, period,”

says Mitchell.

Recently, a poll was conducted

on Facebook group Vintage Whitby,

asking all 8,390 members if

they were looking forward to the

spa coming to Whitby. Out of the

157 people who replied, 61 per cent

were excited, 24 per cent were indifferent

and 15 per cent were dissatisfied

about the spa.

Public and press director for the

spa, Marianne Trotier says they

chose Whitby for the scenery.

“Cullen Central Park offers a

beautiful landscape to build such

Photograph courtesy of Whitby Archives

facilities,” she says, “we look for locations

close to an important community,

as we wish to greet not only

tourists, but locals as well.”

Nordik Spa-Nature Whitby projects

135,000 visitors a year, which

would significantly impact tourism

in Durham Region.

The initial plan for the spa was

approved by council in 2011. The

original project did not include a

hotel, which has slowed down production.

Trotier says the spa is in the process

of receiving quotes and scheduling

construction. The target to

open in the summer of 2019 has

shifted, with no tentative timeline


Through all of the changes on

the surface of these grounds, one

thing has remained the same. This

piece of property has stunning

views and the attractions housed

on the land, have focused on the

ever-present nature which encapsulates

the space.

Cullen penned a book in 1983

called Dig About It ... And Dung

It: Tales of a Gardener.

“I like to walk in the woods in

the fall, see the wildflowers in the

spring, I love to create something

and see others enjoy it,” he wrote. “I

like the challenge of winning a contract

and finishing the job on time,

at a profit. I like building buildings,

old architecture and Canadian antiques.

These are some of the things

that give me pleasure and fill me

with satisfaction.”

Cullen Gardens and Miniature

Village and Nordik Spa-Nature

Whitby share a field of dreams,

united by two key pillars – nature

and community.

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DC students develop strategies for seniors

Victoria Marcelle

The Chronicle

Students at Durham College (DC)

are brainstorming to make lives

better for seniors in Oshawa.

The students, in a program

called Gerontology - Activation

Co-ordination, are developing

initiatives in three areas to assist


The plans include offering

guidance regarding roommates,

creating care boxes and building

a connection to the services DC

students offer on campus.

“There’s always great things

we want to advocate for [in our

field] on behalf of older adults.

So I thought we do a lot of talking

about it, we learn about all the

policies and we talk about all this

change that should happen, but we

don’t ever put it into action,” says

Kimberlee Neault, the program’s


Two years ago, Neault rewrote

the curriculum to include a social

action plan project in the final semester

of the graduate certificate


Neault says the brainstorming

process starts at the beginning

of the course, which started

in January. In Week 2, the

class discusses ideas of what

they would like to improve for

older adults in the community.

This year, the theme is age-friendly

communities because Oshawa

is trying to achieve that type of

designation for the municipality,

says Neault.

“With that, I thought this was

the perfect theme, that our students

would work on something that

would make the community more

age friendly for the older adults,”

says Neault.

The first social action plan is

called Aging in Place Facilitation

and Housing plan, which assists

seniors with the co-housing process.

“[Older adults] might sell their

own home and then come together

with several other older adults into

one home. They share the rent and

the facility,” says Neault.

Photograph by Victoria Marcelle

Kimberlee Neault, gerontology program coordinator, tells how her students are getting involved.

The program has a connection

to four ladies in Port Perry

called the Golden Girls, aged 65

to 71, who have been featured on

television and Zoomer magazine

after moving in together to share

housing expenses and companionship.

The concept is catching on with

other communities as a feasible

way to age in place, says Neault.

Age in place refers to the conscious

decision to stay in the home

of choice for as long as possible.

“Because it’s hard to have your

own individual home. A lot of

expenses and that sort of thing.

This way, you’re sharing the costs

in one, big open-concept house,”

says Neault.

Another group of students is

working on providing Community

Care Boxes to people who are

newly-admitted to long-term care

or those in the community who

have been isolated socially, which

is a big problem for older adults,

says Neault.

The boxes are created with

each individual in mind and may

include a community resource information,

a blanket, a game or a

sensory item to ease anxiety, such

as a stress ball or snow globe.

The final project is the Senior

Solace Centre.

The plan involves having a hub

on the DC campus where seniors

can come to access many program

resources and services provided by

students, such as dental cleanings,

yoga classes or massages.

“We would also have activities

for them, just as the Solace Centre

has for students, we would

have all those things for seniors.

That’s what we do as activationists.

We create environments and

engaging activities for them, very

person-centred,” says Neault.

Uplifting boxes of

love for sick kids

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

Nicolle Georgiev faced a truth no

parent wants to encounter.

About six years ago the Pickering

mom learned her daughter, Sophia

Megan, was diagnosed with

leukemia. Megan was still a month

away from turning two.

Now, age 8, she is a happy and

healthy child. She recently celebrated

five years of being a cancer


After multiple hours in hospital,

Georgiev took her experience

and wanted to help others

in a similar place. She started the

Super Sophia Project, featuring

love boxes – filled with items such

as toys, books, activities, crafts,

stuffed animals and clothing for

infants and toddlers to school-age

children and teenagers. The love

boxes are given to children 18 and

under in hospitals.

“Sophia’s cancer-free and

everything else is honestly a

bonus,” Georgiev says, “she’s

healthy and she’s inspiring other

people to be kind, spread love and

encouraging them to never to give

up – it really is the best thing.”

So far in three years, more

than 3,000 loves boxes have been

gifted to nine hospitals across the

GTA, including Lakeridge Health

Oshawa and locations as far away

as Sudbury, Orillia and Barrie.

Georgiev’s goal this year is to reach

5,000 boxes, share with more hospitals

and reach more children.

“People are so good. I’ve encountered

so many wonderful

people, they want to help,” says


Megan, who considers herself

president of the project, is

very hands-on. Georgiev says her

daughter often handpicks items

from her home and packs love

boxes for other kids experiencing

medical treatments, like she did.

The project survives, Georgiev

says, because of community-based

volunteers and donations. The

purpose is to bring kids some comfort

and occupy their time, while

they are away from home, she


Georgiev says if people aren’t

able to create their own love boxes,

individual donations are greatly

appreciated, including monetary

contributions and any handmade

items, which will then be assembled

into a package.

Georgiev hopes people keep

parents of sick children in mind

when donating items, suggesting

gift cards for coffee or toiletries

for unexpected hospital stays as

thoughtful gestures for families.

“It’s [the project] like my little

baby, it’s in my heart, I can’t stop,"

Georgiev says.

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Photograph by Kathryn Fraser

Forensic Science students from UOIT process the scene

following the explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).

Photograph by Morgan Kelly


Participants after the initial explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).


Some numbers from the

weekend-long event which

saw the UB Building renamed

Founders Mall and the CFCE

renamed Founders Hospital.

Infographic by Meagan Secord

at DC,


Photograph by Jasper Myers

A hostage situation takes place at Founders Hospital (CFCE).

Photograph by Morgan Kelly

Firefighting students respond to victims outside Founders Mall (UB Building).

Continued on next page

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Victims escape the Founders Mall (UB Building) explosion.

Photograph by Morgan Kelly

Photograph by Morgan Kelly

Paramedic students load a patient into an ambulance to take them to

Founders Hospital (CFCE).

On Feb. 23-24, DC and

UOIT staged its

first mock disaster

titled 'Project Lord

Ridgeback'. Students

from 21 programs got

hands-on experience

in their respective

fields by responding/

participating in the event.

Photograph by Kathryn Fraser

The scene following a wall collapse at Founders Mall (UB Building).

Photograph by Morgan Kelly

Victims outside Founders Mall (UB Building) following an


Photograph by Meagan Secord

Firefighting students respond to the explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).

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Photograph by Jasper Myers

Brothers Bill (left) and Dave (right) Wilson own and operate Wilson and Lee, which their grandfather started.

Wilson and Lee approaches its centenary


store sells


sheet music,


Jasper Myers

The Chronicle

Wilson and Lee has been instrumental

to music lovers in Oshawa

for nearing a century.

The independent, family-run

music store, has survived the

switch from vinyl records to digital

downloads for 96 years. Ironically,

they’re back to selling vinyl again.

Ken Perrier – a customer at the

store since 1980 – thinks he knows

why the company is successful.

“They should be charging admission,

because it’s just such an

enjoyable visit,” says Perrier.

He says the service is great, explaining

that they will get whatever

he’s looking for, in store or not, no

matter how hard it is to find.

Located at 87 Simcoe St. N. in

downtown Oshawa, Wilson and

Lee is owned and operated by

brothers Bill, 79, and Dave, 65,

Wilson, and sells musical instruments,

records, sheet music, CDs

and memorabilia.

The store’s president, Bill Wilson,

began working in the shop at

age 13 and still puts in 55 hours a

week. He says his grandfather, William

Wilson, started the business

in 1922 after working at Williams

Piano Factory in Oshawa.

William quit the piano factory

and started tuning pianos at

people’s houses. Because he was

blind his wife, Mary Lee (the ‘Lee’

in Wilson and Lee), drove him

around. When he tuned pianos,

sometimes he’d find people didn’t

want them anymore.

“So he would buy them [pianos],

take them back to the house, recondition

them, and sell them,” says

Wilson, adding his grandfather

added radios, records, and sheet

music a little later on.

When the store originally

Wilson and Lee as it looked in 1926.

opened, it was located at the corner

of Wilkinson Avenue and Albert

Street. Then around 1925-1926,

the store moved to downtown Oshawa

at a different Simcoe Street location

from where it stands today,

Wilson says.

The store moved to its current

location when his father and uncles

came back from the war.

“They came back into the business

in the ’50s, there was prosperity,”

says Wilson. “Because after the

war, people needed everything.”

Business did so well Wilson’s

father and uncles borrowed money

from a few people willing to lend

it to them and in 1953 built the

store that stands today, according

to Wilson.

He says business was so good at

that time, he believes the building

was paid off a few years later.

In the years Wilson and Lee has

been running, there’s been a lot of

change in music. For a while, records

went out of style but the store

continued to prosper.

“We certainly weren’t generated

by records,” says Wilson.

“We’re a music store. We’re also

a record store, but primarily a

Photograph provided by Bill Wilson

music store.”

The store always sold instruments

and even sold stereos for a

while. Wilson says they also sold

accordions in the ’50s, because of

all the people moving from Europe.

Right now the biggest seller

is ukuleles.

However, Wilson says they

stopped selling records for a while

in the ’90s as their popularity decreased.

“At that point in time I had a

store full of records I had to get

rid of, and then, what, 20 years

later I’ve got a store full of records

again,” says Wilson.

When General Motors had a

plant and its headquarters in north

Oshawa, Wilson says GM employees

were good for downtown business.

“People would come in at lunchtime

and buy records, buy music,

sometimes they’d buy guitars,” says


With the recent announcement

of the 2019 closing of GM’s south

plant, Wilson says there will be an

impact, but with the college, universities

and hospital he believes

the store will be OK.

The store has been his life and

he’s seen the store continue to succeed.

“It’s an integral part of my life,

it’s what I do, it’s what I know how

to do,” says Wilson, adding it never

feels like work to him.

As for competition, Wilson says

they aren’t afraid of it.

“I have no problem with competition,”

Wilson says. “[Competition]

is what makes the world go

round. It would be awful if there

was no competition.”

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Photograph by Janis Williams

Tim Packer at his art gallery in downtown Oshawa.

From police badge to paint brush

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

As a Toronto cop for almost 20

years, Tim Packer came across

many people who had brushes with

the law.

However, in 2000, Packer traded

his gun for a paint brush and replaced

his badge for an easel. The

decision has led to a prolific career

as an artist, selling some pieces for

as much as $15,000.

The Whitby resident of 29 years

initially chose policing because he

craved a steady paycheque. Packer

climbed the figurative career

ladder. He started as a uniformed

cop, moved to the crime unit, and

finished his career on the fraud

squad, where he says he reviewed

cases involving millions of dollars.

He spent 1996 to 1998, as a Toronto

police sergeant at 31 Division,

covering the Jane and Finch

area in Toronto.

“I had my gun out more in those

two years than I did in my whole

career,” says the 57-year-old.

He wasn’t always a man in uniform.

Packer started off as a graphic

design graduate from Toronto’s

George Brown College in 1980.

After being laid off from three consecutive

jobs, he turned to policing

to ensure a secure future.

He found his career path after

a conversation with his uncle,

a member of the police service.

According to Packer, he was told

within three years, he would earn

an annual salary of $40,000. So

he trimmed his hair, shaved his

beard and abandoned his childhood

dream of becoming an artist.

“I just really kind of turned my

back on art for a while and just

threw myself in my career as a police

officer,” Packer says.

Along the way, art slowly began

creeping back into his life.

He made caricature cards for

fellow employees, to celebrate promotions

or retirements.

Packer says in 1993, he created

a large water colour caricature

for a Toronto Police Service and

Toronto Maple Leafs charity golf

tournament which benefited Sick

Kids Hospital. It sold for $500.

The next year, Packer says he

made a print of four Toronto Maple

Leafs’ hockey players, the last time

the team came close to the Stanley

Cup. The piece sold for $2,700.

After a painting of Wendel Clark

sold for $4,000, his friends on the

service questioned why he didn’t

pursue art on a full-time basis.

His wife Diane Packer, supported

his passion. Years earlier, he says,

she had asked him not to give up his

secure career – they had two young

sons with looming post-secondary

education fees. In time, it became

obvious to Diane, her husband’s

artistic abilities were more than a

hobby - they could also be channeled

into a successful business.

At the turn of the millennium,

Packer threw himself into the art

scene like paint on a canvas.

“I went from doing this job I

really, really liked to being with this

group of people who were doing

what I wanted to do and pursuing

what I loved,” he says.

He served on the board of the

Canadian Society of Painters in

Water Colour (CSPWC), a huge

coup in the art world. He subsequently

led the CSPWC as president

for two years.

He went from idolizing the work

of the Group of Seven, to having

a beer with Doris McCarthy, who

painted with the Group of Seven.

She was considered by many in the

art community as the most famous

living Canadian artist, before her

death in 2010.

“I got to meet so many other successful

artists and I looked at that

as my master’s degree on how to

become a professional artist,” Packer

says. “I picked their brains and I

was a sponge.”

He was focused on portraits during

this part of his art career but his

true passion is painting landscapes.

“I guess I’ll paint portraits to

make a living and I’ll paint landscapes

for fun,” is how he reflects

on his artistic mindset at the time.

The transition to landscapes

proved to be personally and professionally


Packer says he experimented

with everything, from throwing

paint to working with acrylics, oils

and watercolours.

“Eventually, my current style just

started sort of coming out and then

when it did, I just knew it was it,”

he says.

How does Packer describe his


Bright. Colourful. Composed.

Mosaic. Intense.

The true-to-life suns in each of

I got here through a series of

things I did, that any other artist

can do to live their dream.

his paintings are his signature.

“I really believed in the new

work but I also knew this was kind

of make it or break it time,” says

Packer, “if something didn’t happen

in the next six months, I was

going to be putting on a suit and

looking for a job in corporate security.”

After he spent $3,000 on his

credit card for a booth at the weekend-long

Toronto Art Expo, Packer’s

risk turned into a reward.

His van-full of paintings sold

out and by Sunday he says, he

was searching his basement for

“B pieces” to bring for the last day

of the expo. The weekend earned

him $28,000 in sales.

Packer now has a studio in his

Whitby home and opened an art

gallery on William Street West in

downtown Oshawa in 2018. It is

a family affair with Diane at the

helm of finance and administration

and his son Cameron Packer, helping

with photography, videos and

social media. Cameron also sells

giclees (pronounced jhee-clays, a

french word meaning “to squirt”)

which are reproductions of original

paintings, made from digital images

and inkjet printers.

Since the business aspect is

a family affair, Packer’s time is

freed up to paint. He often listens

to music, groups like matchbox 20,

while he spends his time his favourite

way, in front of the easel.

Packer says he enjoys sharing

what’s he’s learned with other artists.

He posts how-to-paint tutorials

on his YouTube channel and hosts

high-end paint along events at the


A wave of a magic wand didn’t

bring him his talent, Packer says.

“I got here through a series of

things that I did, that any other

artist can do to live their dream.”

Packer’s artwork hangs on walls

around the world, including Australia,

New Zealand and Germany.

Much like picking a favourite

child, Packer says he can’t choose

just one painting he likes best but

can narrow it down “to about 50.

“My favourite is always the one

I’m working on now,” Packer says

with a coy smile.

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Jane Eccles

threads stories

through her


Janis Williams

The Chronicle

When local artist Jane Eccles

left teaching behind, she says she

never looked back. Now retired,

69-year-old Eccles devotes her time

to painting.

Until that is, someone she

worked with at Bowmanville High

School (BHS) came to see her new

art exhibit, In These Threads, at

the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington


As Eccles strolled through her

display at the VAC, at the end of

last month, her former colleague,

Thomas Brasch, happened to stop

in to sneak a peek, not thinking

he was actually walking into a reunion.

The two had not seen each other

for almost twenty years. Like Eccles,

Brasch also gave up his life as

a teacher to pursue art, in his case

photography. He creates commemorative

circular pieces by digitally

manipulating photography.

Brasch takes photos at places of

tragedy, such as the Pulse night

club in Orlando. He says his work

remembers those who have perished

and gives peace to those who

were touched by the event and are

still living.

He credits his artistic success to

people who supported him along

his journey.

“It’s those key people along the

way that give you the extra nudge,”

Brasch says, “Jane is one of those

key people.”

Brasch says art tells a story for

those who will listen. "Jane tells a

good story."

Now retired, 69-year-old Eccles

devotes her time to painting.

She paints dresses but for the artist

because, she says, a dress has

more meaning than its material.

There isn’t a dress in here that

didn’t start with word,” Eccles says.

Eccles, who has called Bowmanville

home since 1974, paints portraits

of dresses, intended to share

women’s stories through her paintbrush.

She says she is capturing the

essence of a woman, their lives captured

through the garments they


The artist carefully picks her

projects which she calls a “portal

into the woman’s life.”

“That’s the key, it has to be

beautiful for me to paint it,” she

says, “I’ve turned down as many

dresses as I’ve painted.”

The dresses featured in her firstever

solo show, which just concluded

at VAC included a mixture of

well-known and everyday women.

The common thread is the power

of their stories.

The show also featured k.d. lang

Costume, a wedding dress the

singer wore with cowboy boots at

a 1985 Juno Awards performance.

Ruth’s Dress belonged to Ruth

Watson Henderson, a Canadian

composer. She wore the striking

red ensemble while performing at

the Eaton Auditorium in 1953.

Eccles heard back from Canadian

great Margaret Atwood

one year after she initially reached

out. Atwood wears many figurative

dresses: poet, novelist, literary critic,

essayist, inventor, teacher and


Atwood sent Eccles the colourful

dress she purchased in Australia

while writing Cat-Eye. The novel,

as it turns out, feels like a biography

to Eccles who says, “I am

Elaine Risely,” the main character

of the story.

Margaret’s Dress, along with

a mask Atwood sent along, is the

“pièce de résistance” of the exhibit.

Wind Chill is a powerful painting,

which almost didn’t make the

show. After careful consideration,

Photograph by Janis Williams

Jane Eccles reflects on her life while viewing her exhibit at the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) in


Eccles and Sandy Saad, curator

at VAC, knew it was needed to cement

the entire exhibit.

“[It] symbolized not only that

women are measured but women

have these unrealistic expectations

that society holds them to,” Saad


The sculptural piece and the

painting it inspired, sit side by

side at the exhibit. The object was

Eccles' 65th birthday gift from her

husband, artist Ron Eccles. She describes

it as a “measuring cage”

and says even though it is decaying,

it serves its purpose.

“Women are always judged,

they’re always measured,” says


Women’s stories are impactful to

Eccles. Thus far, she has focused

on Canadian women but has

reached out to Michelle Obama

and Hilary Clinton.

“I’m a feminist, not in the bra

burning sense, but I believe in

young women and I believe in

women achieving what they’re set

out to do – whatever that might

be,” Eccles says. “I had the good

luck of having a series of teachers

that didn’t see my sex, they saw

something in what I was doing.”

Eccles started as a one woman

show at BHS and grew her art department

to a staff of five.

In the beginning, she didn’t

think she would be at BHS for

long but her students pleasantly

surprised her.

“They were raw pretty much

and I found I could work with

them, I found they were phenomenal,”

Eccles says.

She was still an artist on her own

time but says she was distinctly a

teacher at school.

“The artist and the teacher are

compatible but I don’t like a conflict

of interest. I didn’t like the idea

I was the artist and they weren’t,”

she says.

Brasch remembers Eccles' passion

to reach her students and push

them to find their artistic edge. He

says she was a strong teacher who

wasn't afraid to challenge the traditional

education system.

In 1990, Eccles was one of ten

recipients of the Marshall Mc-

Luhan Distinguished Teachers

Award. She was the sole woman

with the honour that year.

Eccles says McLuhan’s wife

whispered to her “he [my husband]

always thought that the artist

knew it [understood life].” She

then pinned a corsage on Eccles

and said the men could do their

own boutonnieres.

Jane’s Dress, is a self-portrait

amongst 15 other paintings is on

display at the VAC.

A then 40-year-old Eccles went

to a store in historic Bowmanville

and said to the lady at the shop, “I

want a dress you wouldn’t expect

me to buy.”

She says she wanted to be transformed

from teacher to woman, for

a colleague’s retirement party – she

calls it her Cinderella moment.

Outfitted with the flowy purple

frock, she was the only one dressed

to the nines at the event, and that

was okay with her.

“I’ve grown into my own rags,

I’ve grown into my own being.

You’re different at 70 than at 40,”

says Eccles.

“Women are always waiting for

‘the event’, buying clothes for the

event and then the event doesn’t

come,” says Eccles.

Your life, reflects Eccles, is the


Jane Eccles paints dresses

with strong stories behind the

fabric. Margaret's Dress (left

photo) belongs to Margaret

Atwood and Jane's Dress

(right photo) is a self-portrait.

on display at the VAC.

Photographs by Janis Williams

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Photograph by Cecelia Feor

Daniel Cooper is one of six recruited rugby players for the inaugural 2018-2019 season.

DC, UOIT recruiting the best

Cecelia Feor

The Chronicle

The Campus Recreation and

Wellness Centre (CRWC) bustles

with both Durham College

(DC) and University of Ontario

Institute of Technology (UOIT)

student athletes.

Sydney Green may be one of

them next year.

Green has been playing soccer

since she was seven, and is a fullback

for the Nepean Hotspurs,

a competitive soccer club in Ottawa.

She admits she’s new to the

“recruiting game.”

She clutches her winter coat

and stands next to her parents,

who have driven more than three

hours from Kemptville to Oshawa.

The family are waiting for

the DC women’s soccer coach to

give them a tour of the facilities

and the school.

Each year during their sport’s

season, coaches at both DC and

UOIT work hard to lead practices,

play games, and maybe get

to the playoffs.

But they are always looking at

the next season. Coaches double

as recruiters for their respective

teams, searching for more than

the best athletes.

When they find the right fit,

they send program books and athletic

information. Coaches also

try to get students on campus, so

they can see where they will study

and where they will play.

“All the support they give their

athletes helps with the nerves,”

Green says of the tour she went

on at DC. These supports come

in many forms, such as study halls

and athletic therapists.

Alex Bianchi, DC women’s

head soccer coach, guided the


“I want players to come to Durham

because they want to come

to Durham,” Bianchi says.

As he walks Green through the

CRWC building, he mentions the

perks of being a student athlete,

such as sports therapy services. As

the tour continues in the Gordon

Willey Building, he changes his

focus to academics.

Bianchi says he needs to “sell

parents on the academics” at DC,

and why it is a good choice for

both soccer and schooling.

He says although he is concerned

with grades, he never

wants to discuss them with athletes.

He believes they have

enough resources.

“There’s no excuse to fail,” says

Bianchi, who has spent two seasons

with the team.

This is a sentiment echoed by

many coaches at DC and UOIT.

Dave Ashfield, Lords men’s

I care about them as a person,

as a student, and last of all as an


soccer coach, says players are

students first and need to succeed.

“I care about them as a person,

as a student and last of all as an

athlete,” he says.

Justin Caruana, Ridgebacks

women’s hockey coach, says he

won’t shy away from players just

because their grades aren’t as

high as someone else’s.

“We try to tell them that it’s

not a right, it’s a privilege that you

get to play hockey while you’re

going to school,” Caruana says.

He says he believes people develop

differently, sometimes later

in life.

Curtis Hodgins, Ridgeback

men’s hockey coach, has the

benefit of getting players later in

life. Since players can play for the

OJHL until they are 20 years old,

many players come to university

hockey at 21.

“When I first came in, I was

solely looking for good hockey

players,” Hodgins says. Now he

also looks for good students, adding

the dynamic of the team has


Two coaches have wrapped up

their first seasons this year, at DC

in men’s and women’s rugby.

Coach Christopher McKee had

a tough first season with Lords

women’s rugby,winning one of

their 12 games.

He says he is looking for leaders,

players who are willing to

work hard and learn. He’s not

focused on grades. Yet.

“(My) approach has changed,

to be a little bit more open-minded

to not just good (rugby) programs

but looking for good players

in general,” McKee says.

John Watkins, Lords men’s

rugby coach, wants to see his

players be good people outside of

the game.

“That’s what we look for… not

only willing to work really hard

but also to get involved with initiatives

outside of practices and

games,” he says.

While coaches see academics

on different levels, they all know

one thing is the most important:

the team.

Caruana, who has been with

the women’s varsity hockey team

at UOIT for five seasons, says he

will target girls for positions he

knows other girls play who are

close to graduating. But he also

wants players who want to be at

UOIT, who will take pride in the


Caruana says he wants the

“best product on the ice” but

isn’t always watching what they

do with the puck.

“Sometimes I’ll watch (player’s)

body language, I’ll watch

how they are when they come off

on the bench,” he says, adding he

will look at how supportive they

are of their teammates.

Similarly, Hodgins says he

looks for players who aren’t selfish.

“In some cases, I’ll know right

away it’s not a fit,” he says, either

for the player or for him and his

team. Hodgins, who has been

with the men’s varsity hockey

team at UOIT for three seasons,

adds the team has a family feel.

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'We take our program seriously'

While hockey has been at UOIT

since the school opened, rugby at

DC faced different challenges

thanks to its inaugural season in


McKee says coming into the

season, which was his first, he only

looked at high-end programs, but

for next year’s team he’s looking

more at local high school players.

He isn’t ignoring the team’s need

for elite players, though.

“In sevens rugby, two or three

elite players can change you from

being a second last place team,”

McKee says, adding those players

could bring a team to the top three

in the league.

Watkins had more luck with his

rugby team in the 2018 season, despite

recruiting six players before

the season officially started.

The rest of the team was comprised

from open tryouts.

The men’s rugby team is a team

players want to be a part of, he says.

“Players know, coming to our

school, we take our program seriously,”

Watkins says, acknowledging

the successful season the team


Another successful team is DC

women’s soccer, who won bronze

last year in the playoffs. Bianchi,

who has spent two seasons with the

Lords women’s soccer team, wants

to identify “what (prospective recruits)

are capable of doing, and

what they’re not capable of doing.”

The success of the team helps

bring in players, Bianchi says.

They won bronze last year during

the championships.

He scouts players from clubs, like

FC Durham Academy, and says a

club says a lot about a player: if they

are a player who cares.

The motto for the DC women’s

soccer team? “Soccer comes first,

school comes second, and nothing

else matters,” says Bianchi.

It could be said the same motto

applies to the men’s soccer team.

Ashfield, who has been with the

Lords men’s soccer team for five

seasons, says he had to cut his star

player a few years ago.

He says the player was disrespectful

to the staff and his teammates.

“The first year of schooling he

got nothing, like not a mark, never

went to class, expected other people

to do his schoolwork,” Ashfield


He says he had to evolve the

player and explain that is not acceptable.

Ashfield says as a coach his recruiting

style has developed over


“(I can) see a vision where an

athlete fits into the team,” he says.

Ashfield is also concerned with a

student as a person more than an


“Really the goals and dreams of

the athlete, I think, is the biggest

thing,” he says.

In his most recent season, Ashfield

says 75 per cent this season

recruited and 25 per cent were


As for DC women’s soccer, Bianchi

says his recruiting style has not

changed. He says he is looking for

the right players to make the team

better than it was yesterday.

Within one year of coaching,

Bianchi had the team on-track,

doing well on the field and in

academics. He adds it could have

taken three years to get there with

the team.

Also trying to get there is the

men’s hockey coach, Hodgins,who

says he “wears many hats” in addition

to head coach, such as general

manager and head scout.

Hodgins wants to put his stamp

on the program, something he says

will be a seven-year process.

Caruana has had more time to

shape the women’s hockey team.

In his office, he has a colour-coded

binder full of all possible recruits.

He has notes on each of those players

and whether they have committed

to other schools.

He says he already has his team

set for 2019 and is almost done recruiting

for 2020 as well.

“We’re new, we’re young,”

Caruana says of the team, “We’re

creating our history now.”

Speaking of creating a history,

both McKee and Watkins have

begun to start a new chapter in

DC rugby.

In their favour, they both participate

in rugby outside the college.

Watkins is the president of the

Oshawa Vikings rugby club and

has coached with them since 2007.

McKee is a high school teacher

at Uxbridge Secondary School

and coaches the girls' rugby teams

and with the Oshawa Vikings as


Building a winning team isn’t

easy, but coaches at DC and UOIT

know that. Their experience helps

with their unrelenting search for

the right players.

But they are keen to remember

a student athlete is a student first.

As for prospective student and

sports recruit Sydney Green, she

hasn’t decided on a college just yet.

However, current student and

rugby recruit, Daniel Cooper, was

one of the six players recruited for

the inaugural rugby season.

Cooper is no stranger to Coach

Watkins, he has known him for

more than five years through the

Oshawa Vikings rugby club.

“He sees everybody for who they

are, not just a team,” Cooper says,

adding he thinks Watkins is a great


Chris McKee, DC women's rugby coach.

John Watkins, DC men's rugby coach.

Photograph by Durham College Athletics

Photograph by Durham College Athletics

Photograph by Durham College Athletics

Alex Bianchi, DC women's soccer coach.

Photographs by UOIT Athletics

and Durham College Athletics

TOP: Curtis Hodgins (left),

UOIT men's hockey coach.

BOTTOM: Dave Ashfield (left),

DC men's soccer coach.

Photograph by UOIT Athletics

Justin Caruana (right), UOIT women's hockey coach.

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DC, UOIT grad gets dream Olympic job

Kathryn Fraser

The Chronicle

After spending years as an elite

softball player and coach, a Durham

College and UOIT grad is

now using her knowledge to support

other athletes.

Oshawa native Shannon Galea,

30, joined the Canadian Olympic

Committee (COC) as a Game Plan

specialist last September.

“It’s a dream come true, it really

is,” Galea said.

Game Plan is a program created

in collaboration with the COC, the

Canadian Paralympic Committee

(CPC) and the Sport Canada and

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic

Sport Institute Network (COP-


Game Plan helps both current

and retired athletes find other

passions and transform them into

well-rounded individuals.

“It’s a very interesting program,

it’s one of the only programs in

Canada and it really aligns our

sport system,” she said.

Game Plan offers support

through five areas: medical resources,

skill development, education,

networking possibilities and career


Game Plan advisors are at the

forefront, working with athletes

and supporting players through

the five areas. The advisors are

psychologists, life coaches, career

counsellors, mental performance

coaches and other wellness leaders.

Galea’s role, as a specialist, is

to oversee the work of the advisors,

provide resources and develop programs.

Galea earned her degree in G

eography and Earth Sciences

at McMaster University before

graduating from UOIT in 2011

with a Bachelor of Education. Following

that, Galea taught health

and physical education with the

Durham District School Board

(DDSB) before continuing to teach


“Teaching is the foundation for

everything that I do, it’s full circle,”

she said. “It’s been the foundation

for what I create and what

I change.”

During her tenure at UOIT,

she participated heavily in campus

athletics. Galea was a member

of the Ridgebacks’ rowing and

squash teams and helped create the

women’s flag football extramural

league, a joint league between

UOIT and DC.

Galea also graduated from DC’s

Sport Business Management Program

in 2012, then completed her

master’s degree in Olympic Studies

and Policy at the German Sport

University Cologne.

Photo supplied

Shannon Galea says she tries to implement Canadian ideals and values into her international


As a result of her connections,

passion and education, Galea

travelled to more than 40 countries.

She lived in Holland, Italy,

Belgium, Malta, New Zealand

and Australia and played in their

respective International Softball


“With the coaching opportunities,

I’ve been able to develop

softball in my second nation -- I’m

actually a dual citizen in Malta,”

Galea said. “I was able to develop

softball in my country which allowed

for NCAA coaches to come

over and create better opportunities

for sport for young women.”

Galea said her international

travels have made her think more

critically about Canada and her

involvement at the COC.

“I think about the bigger picture

in a different way,” she said. “It’s

really helped me grow into, ‘How

can I bring this back to Canada?

What can I do to bring my Canadian

idealism and values [to other

countries?] How can we unite Canada?

What can we do to make a

more active Canada?’ That’s where

my motivations come from.”

Initiatives, programs and projects

are always being developed

and created to help athletes across

Canada, Galea said.

“Right now, we are working on a

mental health strategy for our athletes,”

she said. “We have a partnership

with Morneau Sheppell (a

human resources company) and it’s

a transition program for athletes

who are looking to understand

themselves outside of sport. [It

will help athletes] re-identify and

understand the changes they’re going

to go through after competing

at a high level for many years.”

When she reflects on her own

athletic success, Galea misses the

“physical tenacity and challenge”

of softball. But she also misses

coaching and teaching.

“The impact you can have on a

child and a young elite athlete, you

can’t describe it,” she said. “I spent

seven years travelling internationally,

working with children in every

international federation I’ve played

in. I wanted to be a role model for

the young athletes that I coached

and for the people that I love.”

Former CFL player inspires Durham College students

Jackie Graves

The Chronicle

Durham College (DC) students

were tossing hacky sacks and talking

education with a sporting backdrop


Former CFL player turned university

graduate, Ryan Hinds, was

invited to DC speak to students

about the lessons he learned in

sports and how he applied them to

his subsequent education.

Hinds was drafted by the Hamilton

Tiger Cats in 2009 and played

there until 2013 before signing with

the Edmonton Eskimos. He played

in Edmonton from 2013-2015.

He was a free agent in 2016 and

then agreed to a contract with the

Ottawa Redblacks, before abruptly

retiring to pursue health-related


The theme of his talk was to

“bridge the gap between sports and

academia,” according to Fitness

and Health Promotion professor

Lorne Opler.

Born in Guyana, South America,

Hinds, 32, is the youngest of four

children. While he says his family

“didn’t have much,” he loved his

country and moving to Canada in

the mid-1990s when he was “eight

or nine” was challenging.

“When I look back on my transition,

some had it better, some had

it worse,” says Hinds.

He says in grade school, he spoke

perfect English - but his accent

made it difficult for other students

to understand him.

“The struggles of people not

knowing what you’re saying, oh my

gosh, it’s so frustrating,” he says.

It wasn’t until high school when

Hinds realized he wanted to work

in health care in order to help


“I always wanted to be involved

in health care, so, I always knew

that was going to happen at some

point,” he says. “I just didn’t necessarily

know when that was going

to be.”

Hinds says it’s important students

have access to knowledge, as

a lack of it can become a barrier

for those who aren’t aware of their


“The frustrating thing is you

don’t know what you don’t know,”

says Hinds. “You could be missing

opportunities others aren’t.”

After his retirement from the

CFL, Hinds decided to continue

his education. He earned a master’s

degree in Health Administration

from the University of Toronto.

“(Football) camp really makes

you realize or think about whether

you really love it enough to do it

or not. And I was at a point where

I had decided against it,” he says.

“It was time to do something different.”

Hinds engaged students by asking

questions, such as where they

Photograph by Jasper Myers

Former CFL player, Ryan Hinds, speaks to DC students about

how sports and education contain valuable life skills.

were from, what it was like to transition

from another country and

their personal struggles.

As part of his presentation, Ryan

took four volunteers to the front

of the classroom. He made them

stand in front of a garbage bin and

throw hacky sacks into it.

Hinds increased the difficulty in

various ways. He put a chair over

the bin; told students to choose a

“challenging but successful” place

to shoot from; and also asked a

friend of theirs to choose where

they should shoot from.

“Failure can be a deterrent to

trying again,” says Hinds. “What

sports teaches you is to get up and

try again.”

The purpose of the exercise was

to emphasize how team sports can

teach valuable skills such as empathy,

humility, teamwork, and


Today, Hinds leads the development

of a bridging program in

partnership with the University

of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of

Public Health (DLSPH).

The program aims to provide

educational opportunities for marginalized

groups, including foreign

or financially-challenged students.

He says he hopes student can

take away a sense of their “best

selves” from his presentation.

“Understand who you are over

what you do,” he says. “Students

should really think about what they

want to accomplish in life and the

impact (they) want to make before

they land on what kind of job they

want to have.”

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