The words I can’t speak today…

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Mine is a family intent on togetherness. We celebrate everything, typically at my parent’s home in Muskoka surrounded by friends and lots of laughter. It starts with happy hour on the dock, listening to good music and well-told, familiar stories and usually ends late, after raucous debates about the problems facing our world. Regardless of the hour and often after a snooze in his chair, my Dad is the last one to bed, stopping along his path to turn out lights and start the dishwasher. The consummate extrovert and caretaker, he was loath to miss anything and ever-mindful of his flock. These are the rituals I have known and relied on for over 51 years. 

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A place where everyone can flourish

One of the things I love most about being the President of Sheridan is the opportunity I’m afforded to celebrate our learning community locally, nationally and internationally.  My role as ‘cheerleader’ had me in Los Angeles twice last month: first to watch our amazing students win an Annie Award for their short film, The Fox & the Pigeon; and, the second to celebrate Sheridan alumni and Academy Award nominee, Dean DeBlois.  In both instances, I had the chance to mix and mingle with warm, generous and highly successful people … often in very fancy places. 

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Graduate Programming

Some of you will have been attuned to my recent travels, much of which have been focused on cementing and celebrating our global reputation in the field of Animation. Specifically, I was in Ireland two weeks ago celebrating the first cohort of students in a graduate pathway program with the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) in Dún Laoghaire. This partnership facilitates access to a Master’s level credential for Sheridan graduates of our Postgraduate Certificate programs in Computer Animation or Digital Creature Animation.

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Unleashing Potential

Last week was a really busy one for me.  First and foremost, Sheridan launched 1,990 new graduates into the world as part of our Fall Convocation.  It was, as always, my privilege to shake each hand, thank them for choosing Sheridan, impart best wishes as they embark on the next phase of their journey, and ask our newest alumni to please stay in touch.   Then, after our ceremonies ended, I had the opportunity to participate in graduation at York University on Friday morning; my niece Emma was crossing the stage and I wanted to celebrate her success.  Later that night, Ken and I hosted a party to celebrate her recent engagement.  Finally, on Saturday, I attended Homecoming at one of my alma maters – Western University — and spent the evening with former and current varsity athletes (it’s been a stunning 30 years since I earned my Bronze W!).  

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Building a More Sustainable Future

Student Speakers at Trafalgar Climate Rally

I had the opportunity to attend all three of the Climate Rallies held at Sheridan on Friday, September 27 – the first at Trafalgar by the Medicine Garden, the second at HMC in our Creativity Commons, and the last one at Davis looking out over the pond. 

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Courage and Transformation

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Photo Credit: Giraldilla

On Saturday, July 20, 2019 — in the blistering heat — my son Bennett and I joined Sheridan alumni at Wonderland for a day of fun. Though there was little opportunity to interact with grads and their guests, I always enjoy the opportunity to engage with the people who continue to drive Sheridan’s enviable legacy.

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Learnings from a Trip to India

I had the tremendous opportunity to travel to India last month with Carol Altilia, Sheridan’s new Vice-President, Student Experience & Enrolment Management.  Notwithstanding some bumps (more on that below!), I loved it and plan on going back soon.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

After 30 years as a learner and leader in higher education, I can honestly say that Convocation is still my very favourite time in the academic calendar. 

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new calendar year and — as you’d expect — I heard lots of talk last week about resolutions.

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Cultivating Long Term Vision

My two kids are athletes who take tremendous pride in their performance. As it did for me, athletics has cultivated their goal setting and time management skills; it has also fostered resilience and perseverance. I admire Bennett and Olive very much and often marvel at their burgeoning ability to make informed, smart decisions that fuel their goals. But sometimes … they don’t.

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