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Canadore College’s West Parry Sound Campus Wins Community Spirit Award

May 29, 2018 | Canadore College

Last month, the Parry Sound Chamber of Commerce awarded Canadore College’s West Parry Sound Campus with a Community Spirit Award.

Chamber of Commerce manager Christy Cafovski says that Canadore has proven many times over that they hold true community spirit in the support of the businesses and minds that they help to grow.

As an executive member of the chamber, Canadore College has shown leadership in the community through its programs and commitments. Moreover, its employees are involved in the all-around spirit they hold for the betterment of the region.

Highlights from the campus’s community involvement include:

  • the continued growth of the Parry Sound and Area Community Apiary, with over 15 class visits from Parry Sound primary and secondary schools, providing education to hundreds of kids
  • Sweet Honey Festival community event, with approximately 200 attendees, in partnership with GBBR, Trestle Brewery, Town of Parry Sound
  • community mason bees and Monarch butterfly workshop, in partnership with Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and Crofter’s Organic
  • in partnership with First Book Canada, hosted the 3rd annual Books on Wheels event with over 10,000 children’s books distributed to kids in need, at no cost
  • site of the charity ride Pedaling for Parkinson’s. -- since 2011, over $1 million dollars has been raised, with 100% going into Parkinson’s research
  • co-hosted the Green Energy Forum with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, a community event on climate change and energy options
  • partnership with Community Support Services, where over 200 seniors in need receive a bag of Christmas cheer’
  • venue for many community groups such as Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve,  Treetops Forest, Hospice, Probus, Realtors, White Squall, Canadian Blood Services, and more.

“As the college in the Parry Sound area, it is important to us that we support the community and local residents with initiatives, programs, and partnerships that have a meaningful impact,” said Dr. Peter Istvan, manager of the West Parry Sound Campus.



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