I don't see being a woman in this field to be
a barrier...I actually see it as an asset.
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DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,
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This is the final Chronicle issue produced by second
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community for your ongoing support of our work.
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Campus The Chronicle March 19 - April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca 3
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
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 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
“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
“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
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,
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
ANA BELEN JIMENEZ
“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
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
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
“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
“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
All you need is five minutes to
“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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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 19 – April 15, 2019 The Chronicle 5
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Under no circumstance should
an educated person struggle with
So, either someone isn’t doing
their job, or it’s time to reform the
current system to make post-secondary
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
The job market is forever adapting
and students are expected to
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
These stronger systems are created
as a result of human activity and
polluting the environment and this
is a serious problem, a 2017 extreme
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
The Canadian Automotive Museum
(CAM) has been driving
its automotive collection forward
since opening day on September
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
Schmidt has been a tour guide at
CAM since 2013, after he retired as
a teacher and moved from Orillia
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,”
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,”
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
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,”
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,”
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
In 1986, the museum received
cars from the Craven Foundation,
whose parent company manufactured
In 1995, the museum acquired
another 20 cars from the collection
of John McDougald, a Canadian
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
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
“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
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
Photo provided by Lynn Philip Hodgson
Camp X telecommunications
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
Durham College’s north Oshawa
campus will join UOIT and DC’s
Whitby campus by using geothermal
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,”
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
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
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
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
Both the Simcoe Geothermal
Field and the Innovation Centre
share the primary contractor Siemens,
“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
“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
“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
“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]
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
White says the buildings, including
the Jones-Puckrin House,
“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
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
“I think it’s the most eagerly anticipated
thing in Whitby, period,”
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
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
Cullen Gardens and Miniature
Village and Nordik Spa-Nature
Whitby share a field of dreams,
united by two key pillars – nature
12 The Chronicle March 19 - April 15, 2019 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus
DC students develop strategies for seniors
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,
“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,”
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,”
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,
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
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
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,"
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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
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).
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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
from 21 programs got
in their respective
fields by responding/
participating in the event.
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Photograph by Morgan Kelly
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Brothers Bill (left) and Dave (right) Wilson own and operate Wilson and Lee, which their grandfather started.
Wilson and Lee approaches its centenary
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
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,
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
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
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
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
As a Toronto cop for almost 20
years, Tim Packer came across
many people who had brushes with
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
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
“Eventually, my current style just
started sort of coming out and then
when it did, I just knew it was it,”
How does Packer describe his
Bright. Colourful. Composed.
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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When local artist Jane Eccles
left teaching behind, she says she
never looked back. Now retired,
69-year-old Eccles devotes her time
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
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
He credits his artistic success to
people who supported him along
“It’s those key people along the
way that give you the extra nudge,”
Brasch says, “Jane is one of those
Brasch says art tells a story for
those who will listen. "Jane tells a
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
“They were raw pretty much
and I found I could work with
them, I found they were phenomenal,”
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,”
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
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
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,”
“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
The Campus Recreation and
Wellness Centre (CRWC) bustles
with both Durham College
(DC) and University of Ontario
Institute of Technology (UOIT)
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
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
“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
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
“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:
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
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
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
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
After spending years as an elite
softball player and coach, a Durham
College and UOIT grad is
now using her knowledge to support
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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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