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John Abbott College Foundation is very pleased to announce the donation of an ambulance to our Paramedic Care program by the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais.

“John Abbott College is the only CEGEP in Québec to offer the Paramedic Care program in English. We have been offering this program for over 10 years and, year in and year out, about 100 students are enrolled in this program. One of the essential tools for student learning is without a doubt the ambulance that is used in all our classes,” says program chair Martin Poirier.

Gordon Brown, Academic Dean at John Abbott College added, “The ambulance is an essential tool for developing students’ skills and helping them reach their full potential. We are very grateful for the generosity of Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais.”

“It is very important for the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais to work with the various emergency pre-hospital care programs across the province, to support our future paramedics. It is a pleasure for us to give back and thus to ensure our support for these students who are the future of our profession,” Marie-Ève D’Aoust, Co-op’s Chief Operating Officer.

About the John Abbott College Foundation – Established in October 1999, the Foundation exists to support John Abbott College’s mission and statement of purpose. Through fundraising activities, the Foundation allows the College to respond to the steadily increasing demands for its services, while ensuring that the education students receive and the environment in which they learn are second-to-none.

About the Coopérative des paramédics de l’Outaouais – Founded by 46 worker members in August 1989, the Coopérative now has 250 members and a fleet of 36 ambulances. Over the past year, the CPO has responded to more than 36,000 calls in the Outaouais region, making it one of the top ten Québec companies in the pre-hospital emergency services sector



Thank you to Mark Ewanchyna,  Nic Sanza, Stephen Jones, Evgeni Kiriy and Demartonne Ramos França, our very own Engineering Technology group for keeping our health-related technology programs safe this Fall!

Thank you to Mark Ewanchyna,  Nic Sanza, Stephen Jones, Evgeni Kiriy and Demartonne Ramos França, our very own Engineering Technology group for keeping our health-related technology programs safe this Fall!

Mark and his group worked tirelessly over the summer to procure materials, set up the 3D printers and produce face shields for our staff and students. This protection is vital to keeping us all protected from transmitting the Covid virus.

We greatly appreciate you taking your summer vacation time to keep us safe!!

From Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Paramedic Care.


In order to help organisations deliver clinical trials with greater consistency, transparency, speed, and cost effectiveness, the CERASP (Centre d’Expertise et de Recherche Appliquée en Sciences Pharmaceutiques), a collegial centre of technical transfer (CCTT) supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, has created Canada’s first fully adaptable, purpose-designed clinical trial mobile application. Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation.

Congratulations to John Abbott College’s nominee for the AQPC’s 2020-2021

Congratulations to John Abbott College’s nominee for the AQPC’s 2020-2021

Honourable Mention Award

Peter Vatsis – nominated by the Professional Theatre Department

Peter is a standout among a strong faculty group. He goes above and beyond in mentoring students through challenging work, running tutorials on evenings and weekends so they can fully grasp the stage lighting techniques he teaches. He has seen us into the 21st century, being Chair, creating the ethics committee and developing policies on intimacy and professional conduct for students and staff, and also creating the health and safety committee. He motivates students and faculty alike to go farther with every project, always enthusiastic, creative and supportive.  


June 16, 2020 – John Abbott College Physics teacher Dr Phoebe Jackson, has been named the SALTISE (Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education) 2020 Best Practice & Pedagogical Innovators Award recipient, college level, by her peers and students.

“SALTISE is a learning community that brings together instructors and professional development staff from English and French educational institutions within the greater Montreal area, as well as other regions of Quebec. The award recognizes educators…who are extraordinary leaders in the promotion of academic excellence, use of innovative pedagogies, and support of their academic communities” (saltise.ca).

“John Abbott is very proud that SALTISE has awarded the Best Practice and Pedagogical Innovators Award at the college level to Phoebe Jackson, one of our dedicated and innovative physics teachers. At the virtual awards ceremony, eloquent tribute was given to her impressive support of students and to Phoebe’s contributions to her department, college and wider network of colleagues”- Gordon Brown, Academic Dean. As stated succinctly on the SALTISE page announcing the 2020 winners; (SALTISE/innovator): “Dr Jackson’s course designs are organized around clear competency-based learning objectives and incorporate evidence-based practices including: collaborative group work, two-stage quizzes, pre-class collaborative text annotation…and many more. For her pedagogical innovations, one only has to look at her contributions to the SALTISE S4 physics team, the ECQ funded organizational arm of SALTISE, in developing new materials…”.

Moment of reflection on the issue of systemic discrimination

In light of the disturbing events that recently surfaced in the United States, the John Abbott College Board of Governors held a moment of reflection on the issue of systemic discrimination at its June 10th meeting. We must recognize that this issue continues to also be present in our own country, and in our community. We invite you all to take a moment to reflect on the issue of discrimination in the hope that our community can continue to work together to help eliminate this disturbing reality from our society.

Outstanding Service and Leadership Awards

At a virtual ceremony held on Wednesday May 6, John Abbott College recognized the dedication and efforts of 43 students with a Service and Leadership Award. This year the College was forced to hold the ceremony using the Zoom platform. The event was held live and recipients were encouraged to invite family and friends to view the event.

The awards were established to honour students who made a significant contribution to student life and/or service of others at the College. Students who were nominated were recognized in one of four areas of engagement:

a) Participated and made a meaningful contribution to a student club, service organization or committee

b) Contributed as the leader or a significant supporter in the creation of a new project inside the College or community

c) Provided a service to other students at John Abbott College.

d) Volunteerism in and around the College

Additionally, 3 students were recognized for their Outstanding Service. The Outstanding Service Award was presented to those students, in good academic standing, whose contributions are of such a nature that their accomplishments are generally recognized throughout the College.

Steve Richard was the first student to receive the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award as someone who generously gives of himself. Steve was the head of the Police Tech student association and the student representative of the Police Tech department who attended all of the career days within the Indigenous communities of Oka, Khanawake and downtown Montreal trying to encourage Indigenous students to consider a career in law enforcement. He was there for major college events including the John Abbott College Foundation loonie lines and golf tournaments. Steve also participated in other community fundraisers like the Polar Bear challenge for special Olympics. Finally, Steve has volunteered multiple years with the ON CAMPUS PROGRAM of the West Montreal Re-adaptation Centre and was an excellent role model at promoting social acceptance at the College.

Ameilia Stephenson was the second student to receive the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award. Two words best describe her: passionate and hard working. Her focus has been to answer the questions “How do we make things better for those who do not have the same advantages as we do in Canada?” and “How can we help make life better for others in need within our local community?” This year Ameila was on a mission:

As the president of the largest club on campus, MEDLIFE, Ameila dedicated her time to help educate students on the MEDLIFE Movement, “that of creating a world free from the constraints of poverty”. Club members were required to volunteer locally, help raise funds for the movement and the planned service-learning trip to Peru, scheduled for the end of May. Sadly, like almost all activities, this trip was cancelled, robbing 25 students of the opportunity and the learning experience to provide medical assistance to others.

Amelia also helped create and became co-president of MEDLIFE Montreal, bringing together all the local Montreal Medlife chapters from various Cegeps and Universities.

Not busy enough, Amelia went on to start and lead a new club at the College, JAC Impact. The club focused on planning and implementing fundraisers and awareness campaigns to support cancer research initiatives and learn more about the advances in medical research.

Nathaniel Saad was the final student to receive the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award. As president of the Student Union of John Abbott College (SUJAC), Nathaniel used his position and influence to help support his fellow students. Diplomatic, patient, a great listener, thoughtful, always giving and a natural leader. These were some of the words that describe Nathaniel. He coached others within SUJAC and Congress to be the voices for all students. In his deliberations, the thought of how the decision may impact other students the primary consideration.

He was a man of the hallways, always wanting to hear from students. On several occasions, he and some of his fellow executives would setup in the hallways to find out what were some of the concern’s students had at the College and what were their expectations of their student council.

This year, Nathaniel was the pre-university representative on the John Abbott Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee. He played a significant roll in the development process of John Abbott’s new 5-year strategic plan by promoting and encouraging students to vote have voice in the new strategic orientations the College will adopt.

Finally, during the virtual end of the semester, Nathaniel really took charge to make sure that SUJAC’s voice and student concerns over the transition were expressed to the administration. The feedback was suggestions were greatly appreciated and well received by the administration.

Good news at John Abbott College

Launched in 2003 by John Abbott employees, the sole purpose of the Loonie Line is to help students in need at the College to stay in school, focus on succeeding, on getting their diploma. Thousands have accepted the help and have done exactly that. The 2020 Special Edition Loonie Line has taken on a more intense level of importance as students and parents alike have lost their jobs or seen their household income slashed. Donations to date have been incredible. We are at $36,239, which includes a very generous donation from SUJAC (Student Union of John Abbott College), but requests for help from the JAC Foundation Student Assistance Fund have double in the last 8 weeks. You can help by donating here to LOONIE LINE 2020.

A few words from some students you are helping:

A Dental Hygiene student shares recently: It has been a financial struggle but the generosity from the Pantry [JAC Foodbank] has helped me to finish my studies… The stress of being a full time student and single parent has been difficult but with this help, it is possible. Thank you for all of the support.

Information & Library Technology student shares: If it wasn’t for the generous donations, we would be struggling to eat, buy bus passes and pay for our tuition… I am so very appreciative for the help that your donations have provided. Being able to go to school and worry a little less about food and other financial issues, it increases my ability to concentrate on studies. Thank you so much and please know that we appreciate it more than we can verbally express.

Graduating student: The help I get with groceries, tuition etc from the financial aid office has allowed me to stay in school and will allow me to graduate. It may not seem like much but to me and my family [it] is priceless. The help I get allows me to have less worries and be able to concentrate on my studies to be successful.