An Incredible Weekend for John Abbott College Athletes

The LACROSSE team handed Collège Brébeuf their first loss in 3 years breaking their 29 game winning streak. First place Brébeuf was defeated by the third place Islanders in a hard fought game.

The Islanders battled back from a 3-goal deficit, twice to win the RSEQ Regional Championship 12-10

Women’s RUGBY team brought home the RSEQ Regional Championship with a 36-19 victory over rival Dawson College. The women’s rugby team completed a perfect season!

Men’s RUGBY kept the ball rolling as they also completed a perfect season winning the RSEQ Regional Championship by defeating Dawson College 24-17. The team showed grit and determination not wanting to let the home crowd down!

FOOTBALL off to the Bol D’Or
For the second time in as many years the Isles will face off against Valleyfield for Division 2 football supremacy. In another back and forth game the Isles showed that their running game was not to be taken lightly. The defence held strong denying Cégep Edouard-Montpetit’s final drive, making the final 29-27.

The Isles will look to avenge last year’s finals loss to Valleyfield this Friday November 16 at 19h00 at Centre Claude Robillard.

Master Teacher Program 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony

John Abbott  College in Montreal is pleased to announce that 18 of its teachers and staff received recognition of their Master Teacher Program Certificate, Diploma, or Master Degree at the recent 2018 Graduate Recognition Ceremony which was held at Champlain College, St. Lambert Campus, on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

This Graduate Recognition Ceremony is an event that is held every two years and celebrates the accomplishments of the Cegep teachers and staff who complete one of the three programs offered within the Master Teacher Program (MTP). The Master Teacher Program is a graduate-level, education program for Cegep teachers, offered by the Université de Sherbrooke.

Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (GCCT): Participants who take the Certificate program are taught the pedagogical basics of excellent teaching skills, knowledge, and attitudes in the four core courses: College Teaching and Course Design, Assessment as Learning, How Students Learn, and Instructional Strategies for Active Learning. From there, there are several elective courses to choose from: Inclusion, Developmental Psychology, Teaching with Technology, Dynamics and Diversity, Blended Learning, Group Work, Motivation, and Program Evaluation.

Graduate Diploma in College Teaching (D.E.): Participants who continue in the Master Teacher Program, take the next 15 credits to complete the Diploma program. Core courses include Constructing Knowledge in Your Discipline, Constructing Knowledge Across Disciplines, Philosophy of Education, Integration Seminar, as well as a few elective courses from the GCCT list above.

Master of Education in College Teaching (M.Ed.): Participants who continue to the end of the Master Teacher Program, complete the research portion of the program, both the theoretical and the practical components, and develop and conduct a research activity, often in their own college or classroom.

John Abbott College is proud to announce that we have 18 MTP graduates in total, with six employees who completed the 15-credit Graduate Certificate in College Teaching: David Campeau (Registrar’s Office), Gerald McGrath (Police Technologies), Cathy Pye Dutton (Computer Science), Josée Tessier (Dental Hygiene), Diane Williams (Nursing) and Meighan Wilson (Nursing)

Seven John Abbott employees completed the 30-credit Graduate Diploma in College Teaching: Debbie DesRivieres (Dental Hygiene), Tasha Keri (Nursing), Patricia Lawrence (Nursing), Cynthia McIntosh (Academic Advising), Adriana Petrulian (Biopharmaceuticial Technologies), Claudiu Scotnotis  (Computer Science) and Josée Tessier (Dental Hygiene).

Five John Abbott  College teachers completed the full 45-credit Master of Education in College Teaching degree: Paul Bazelais (Chemistry),  Debbie DesRivieres (Dental Hygiene), Anila Hasko (Dental Hygiene),  Patricia Lawrence (Nursing), Adriana Petrulian (Biopharmaceuticial Technologies), Patricia Lawrence (Nursing) and Rick Rock (Graphic and Web Design).

The Master Teacher Program is offered in English and is available to all individuals who work in a Quebec Cegep, teachers and staff alike. Courses are held in the Montreal-area Cegeps, however, thanks to the online, blended-learning structure of the program, Cegep teachers from anywhere in the province can attend online and participate fully in the activities being done in the physical classroom in Montreal. Some individual classes are designed where everyone, all the participants, the teacher, and the technical support person, are all online for the entire class, while other classes require that everyone attend physically, in-class, in Montreal. For more information about the Master Teacher Program, please visit the Université de Sherbrooke, Performa website.

 

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Women’s individual national golf champ, Emily Romancew

Excerpts from the CCAA announcement:

“Winning a national award and being able to say we have a national title for John Abbott is amazing.

I think I played really well and I’m really satisfied with my overall week,” says Romancew.

Romancew, led the women’s individual race from wire to wire. Her final total of 298 left her six strokes ahead of runner-up Shaye Leidenius from RDC. Alyssa Stoddart from the Fanshawe Falcons shot a four-day total of 305 to claim the bronze medal.

Read the complete recap at Red Deer Queens, Boomerang d’André-Laurendeau named 2018 Golf National Champions


Day 2 of the CCAA Golf Nationals has our own Emily Romancew holding on to 1st place over Becky Martin of the Medicine Hat Rattlers. Romancew’s second consecutive score of 75 gives her a two-day total of 150, six strokes better than Martin.

André-Laurendeau, Humber and Red Deer lead the pack


In the women’s individual race, Emily Romancew from the John Abbott Islanders holds a two-stroke lead over Elizabeth Labbé from Champlain St. Lawrence and Becky Martin from the Rattlers. Romancew shot an impressive three over par 75.

“I feel good. With the wind conditions today, it was tougher than we thought but it was fun. I was in a fun group. I know I need to stay patient with three rounds left-patience and grind. I can’t get too ahead of myself. It’s a tough golf course,” says Romancew.

Red Deer and Humber top day one at the 2018 Ping CCAA Golf National Championships


Emily Romancew is a John Abbott Science student with a bright future ahead in both school and sport.

Described by her golf coach Joel Fitleberg as extremely supportive of her teammates with a super attitude, Emily won the highest golfing honour in the province last week – bringing home the provincial championship.

She is off to Medicine Hat Alberta this weekend for the CCAA National Championships. The five day competition is taking place at the Desert Blume Golf Club which will “…test every aspect of a golfer’s game…” according to the tournament host Medicine Hat College.

Stay tuned as we follow Emily and her incredible career!

A MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES OF JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE IN PRE-UNIVERSITY STUDIES

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

John Abbott College is launching a search for a graduate of the College holding a DEC in a program of pre-university studies who is not a member of the College staff to fill one (1) alumnus/alumna representative position for pre-university studies on its 19-member Board of Governors.

The Board is composed of members from various groups, including alumni.

The Board sets major College policies and looks toward the future academic and community aspirations of the College; the Board usually meets six to seven times a year, in the evenings. Members work in a voluntary capacity and alumni members generally serve for a three-year term.

If you are an alumnus/alumna in pre-university studies, are not a member of the College staff and are interested to serve on the Board of Governors, please submit your curriculum vitae no later than August 30, 2017 via e-mail to the attention of:

Ms. Voula Makris
Secretary General
John Abbott College
21275, Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L9
voula.makris@johnabbott.qc.ca

The College encourages applications from qualified persons belonging to the following groups: women, aboriginal peoples, visible and ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither French nor English, and persons with disabilities. If you wish to do so, you may indicate whether you are a member of one of the aforementioned groups.

For more information, please call Rosanna Fortunato at 514-457-6610 x. 5281.

JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

On June 5, the John Abbott College Foundation held the 15th edition of its annual fundraising golf tournament. Tournament co-chairs Serge Poirier, General Manager, Caisse Desjardins de l’Ouest-de-l’Île and Greg Foss, Alumnus and former John Abbott football player presented a cheque to John Abbott College for $ 50,000 net.

“We are incredibly grateful to all those who make this day possible: our title sponsor, Groupe Desjardins, major sponsors Ye Olde Orchard Pub, CAE Inc., Pepsi, the Student Union of John Abbott College, Aramark and Action Multi Sports, and the amazing team working behind the scenes making sure everyone has a great time,” said Judy Kelley, Chair of the John Abbott College Foundation. John Halpin, Director General of the College added, “…your support allows us to continue to offer a multitude of needed services to our students.”

Despite the wet weather, golfers enthusiastically took to the links of the renowned Beaconsfield Golf Club. Students and staff volunteers were on the course to offer demonstrations of their savoir faire, refreshments and cheers to the golfers. Good friends, colleagues and former teammates made this tournament one to remember for years.

The final tally for the 2017 Golf Tournament is very close to $60,000.

cheque picture

(L-R Barth Gillan,JACF Director, Serge Poirier GM Caisse Desjardins de l’Ouest de l’Île, Judy Kelley Chair JACF Board, John Halpin DG JAC, Greg Foss Partner Ye Olde Orchard Pubs).

Dental Hygiene Student Volunteers Making a Difference

Students entering post-secondary education in Dental Hygiene look forward to the day when they can declare, “I am a Dental Hygienist.”(1) Choosing dental hygiene as their profession, completing studies and identifying with our national association are part of the emerging professional. “I educate and empower Canadians to embrace their oral health for better overall health and well-being.”(1)  [1]Staff and students from John Abbott College embraced these concepts on Saturday May 13, 2017 when, in partnership with the Canadian Alliance for Syrian Aid (CASA) and Red Cross, they had the unique opportunity to participate in a Dental Public Health event.

Twenty-one dental hygiene students and four faculty members offered Oral Hygiene Education and supported a free Clinical Screening completed by dentists. This event allowed our students to share knowledge while incorporating their communication and organizational skills. Students provided cultural familiarity as 10 spoke Arabic thereby facilitating initial questioning concerning oral pain and tooth sensitivity and delivering oral hygiene instruction. The power point presentation was prepared in both English and Arabic to allow the refugees the opportunity to more easily appreciate the material.

Faculty played a pivotal role throughout the day. Josee Tessier welcomed everyone and introduced the refugees to oral hygiene care.  The power point presentation included concepts of biofilm, hard deposits, as well as brushing, proximal surface cleaning options and mouth rinses.  Smoking cessation, nutritional guidance and an introduction to the oral/systemic link were featured. “It’s a good feeling to help the ones that are in need” commented Josee Tessier “I hope that this event is a start for a new path of heath public service. It is a first step in the accessibility to dental hygiene care.” Anila Hasko spoke next, having arrived in Canada 18 years ago as a political refugee.  She identified with the participants and offered her journey as an example of success. “It’s a new dream and I became a successful dental hygienist and I told them never to give up.”

The students were energized, empathetic and enthusiastic to share their knowledge.  Comments included “I would like to THANK YOU for giving me this great opportunity because today was the first day that I was able to use my knowledge to help others” or “I was surprised that very few of them were aware on how to brush.  Most were very attentive and eager to know and learn.”  Josee wrote to the students “The profession of dental hygiene will shine because of YOU.” To facilitate continued oral self-care and inform them of the availability of professional services, the refugees were given a ‘parting gift’ that included a toothbrush and paste, dental floss, mouth rinse, a summary card with oral hygiene reminders and contact information for dental facilities. McGill University and Université de Montréal were recommended for complex dental treatment and three Dental Hygiene colleges (English and French) for preventive treatment.

The Syrian refugees were very appreciative of the professional services provided and repeatedly thanked our students.  It was a memorable event – for everyone!

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Christine Fambely DH, Cert. in Health Ed., B.A., M.Ed.

christinef@johnabbott.qc.ca

[1] D’Aoust Angie, Oh Canada CDHA Spring 2014 Forging Our Professional Identity p. 11.

FRQNT AWARD – 2 winners from JAC

Yu Qi Feng and Camille Pigeon have each been awarded a $5000 summer internship research award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Yu Qi Feng is an Honours Science student with an interest in Bioengineering and this award will allow her to work in Professor Terry Hébert’s laboratory at McGill University on “The use of conformational biosensors to understand G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling” for 10 weeks this summer.

Camille Pigeon is also a Science student and will be working in Associate Professor Louis Cuccia’s  lab at Concordia University on “The chiral crystallization of strontium formate dehydrate”. This opportunity will allow her to pursue her passion for Chemistry.

Dr. Roberta Šilerová, JAC Chemistry Professor was instrumental in finding the stage locations and assisting the two JAC finalists in putting together their successful applications. Forty-five JAC students responded to the call for this award – the internal application process was coordinated by Teresa Hackett, JAC Research Officer and Joanne Ross, Manager, Program Deans’ Office.

JOHN ABBOTT HALL OF DISTINCTION

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – May 26, 2017 – Recognizing those who have made an unforgettable impression on John Abbott College and beyond is a tradition that began just last year. Those nominated to the Hall of Distinction are alumni, employees, and friends of the College.

The 2017 alumni honorees unveiled Thursday, May 25, span three decades while the employees represent over 150 years of service to the College.

The nine people selected for this honour personify the dedication and hard work that has shaped
John Abbott College in so many different ways.

“It is such a rewarding experience to hear the stories of all these great people. It makes us all truly proud to be a part of this wonderful institution,” said John Halpin, Director General of the College.

The following are the 2017 inductees:

EMPLOYEES
Léonce Boudreau               Director of Student Services
John Howes                       First Academic Dean
Rabab Naqvi                       Launched the Library Technology program
Lois Siegel                          Taught English and Film, award winning filmmaker
Bill Tierney                          Founding member of the English department

ALUMNI
Jennifer Ditchburn            Social Science ’92
David McAusland             Social Science ‘73
Anne Montminy                Sciences ‘95
Alexander Weil                 Science ‘03

Celebrated yesterday at a private event; families, friends and colleagues raised their glasses in honour of these impressive individuals.

Picture (L to R): Bill Tierney, Rabab Naqvi, Lois Siegel, David McAusland, Jennifer Ditchburn, Anne Montminy, Alexander Weil.