Fleming College Welcomes Autism Reality Experience To Sutherland Campus

Fleming College’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) program and Child and Youth Care (CYC) program is welcoming the Autism Reality Experience to Sutherland Campus from March 11th to 14th. 

The Autism Reality Experience is designed to provide a virtual experience of living with autism. It is an immersive experience that gives participants greater insight into what it can feel like to struggle with processing sensory information and help participants see the world from an autistic person’s perspective.  

(Left to right): Child and Youth Care program coordinator Heather Sago; Developmental Services Worker program coordinator Ann Hines; and Professor, Simulation & Interprofessional Education Lead Wendy Morgan.

(Left to right): Child and Youth Care program coordinator Heather Sago; Developmental Services Worker program coordinator Ann Hines; and Professor, Simulation & Interprofessional Education Lead Wendy Morgan.

“At Fleming, we are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for our students and exposing them to simulation-based learning throughout the course of their programs,” says Carol Kelsey, Dean, School of Health and Wellness, and Justice and Community Development.

“Hosting the Autism Reality Experience will give our students valuable hands-on learning, as well as provide important knowledge with our college community about autism, and a better understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum,” adds Kelsey.

The initiative is connected to college’s investment in the newly renovated A-Wing learning labs. These modern learning spaces replicate a broad range of environments, from ambulances to hospitals, courtrooms to jail cells, and pharmacies to home settings. When coupled with cutting edge simulation technology, this means their students can apply what they learn in settings that feel like the real world, but are safe and engaging for everyone involved.

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Help Valerie Beat Leukemia

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Keene’s Valerie Davidson, who has begun her fight against cancer after a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.

Val is known to many people in the community. She works at Hi Ho Silver in downtown Peterborough, where she also creates amazing jewelry. Hi Ho Silver shared the news about Val on their Facebook page…

Val has been told by the doctors at Kingston General Hospital that she needs to be prepared to be in Kingston for at least a month, and be off work and receiving treatment for about a year.

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Val (and her family) needs to be focused on her recovery, and this GoFundMe page will help alleviate some of the financial stresses by helping with the extra expenses that the family will incur during this battle.  

Please
give what you can—the goal of the campaign is $20,000—and spread the word on your social media channels.

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The Peterborough Police Are Hosting First “Women in Policing Symposium”

The Peterborough Police Service is pleased to announce it is hosting its first ever symposium for women interested in a career in policing.

Taking place March 23rd, the event will invite women to participate in a number of activities meant to expose them to elements of the profession in an informal manner, increase their confidence in their suitability and capability to become an officer, and prepare them to be successful in a recruiting process.

Photograph courtesy Peterborough Police

Photograph courtesy Peterborough Police

In order to provide a quality experience for attendees, the Committee will invite 40 applicants to attend the event. The agenda includes:

-> Resume review
-> Mock interview
-> PREP (physical readiness evaluation for police) test exposure and practice
-> Use of force exposure and practice
-> Scenario work in partnership with an officer
-> Networking lunch with an officer
-> Panel Q&A

Fleming College is partnering in the event and is generously providing their facility. In addition, they will provide childcare for those attendees who need it.  A complimentary light lunch will be included during which attendees will have the opportunity to have impromptu conversations with the officers.

Poster courtesy Peterborough Police Service

Poster courtesy Peterborough Police Service

The free event is geared toward women who have an interest in policing but have never applied or were unsuccessful in the recruiting process and given up.

It takes place Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fleming College’s Sutherland campus. To apply for this event (the deadline to apply is March 4th), complete this short questionnaire.

Those who have been selected to participate in the event will be notified via email by Friday, March 8th.

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New Pool Pod Improves Accessibility At Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre

A new portable Pool Pod that can assist people with mobility impairments to get in and out of a pool has been installed at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre thanks to a $50,000 grant from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids
of all abilities.

The City of Peterborough was selected as one of nine inaugural Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipients for the Pool Pod project, improving the accessibility of the community facility. A ribbon cutting for the new pool pod took place Thursday (February 7th) with Mayor Therrien.

Ribbon cutting ceremony on February 7th (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

Ribbon cutting ceremony on February 7th (photo courtesy City of Peterborough)

The new lift equipment improves the ability of people with mobility impairments to independently use the leisure pool, where previously they may have required assistance from a lifeguard.

The Pool Pod provides safe, efficient access to the pool, allowing more people to enter and exit the pool in a short period of time. This will enhance the Centre’s ability to develop specific recreational and therapeutic pool programming for people with physical disabilities.

New pool pod in use (photo courtesy City of peterborough)

New pool pod in use (photo courtesy City of peterborough)

The City of Peterborough tweeted out video of the new pool pod in use…

With the installation of the Pool Pod, Chelsey Gray, Aquatics Coordinator says that “work has begun to develop and deliver specialized aquatics programming supporting recreational and therapeutic participants. Our new programming will support children, families and agencies such as Five Counties Children’s Centre with recreational and therapeutic adapted swim lessons.”

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Watch: Ashlee Aiken On "PTBOCanada" Show Talking About The Impact Of Kawartha Food Share

On Episode 35 of “PTBOCanada”, we sit down with Kawartha Food Share General Manager Ashlee Aitken to learn about the huge role the organization plays in the community—and how the community gives back.

Neil Morton in conversation with Ashlee Aiken

Neil Morton in conversation with Ashlee Aiken

Aitken tells PTBOCanada that it’s a big operation running Kawartha Food Share, which has a lean staff. They have 37 agencies they look after and 51 schools that are accessing food all the time.

“We have about a 100 volunteers a week in there… without them, we’d really be nowhere,” she says. Indeed, Kawartha Food Share is feeding about 9,000 clients a month at food banks.

Watch the episode below…

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Over $80,000 Raised In 10th Annual Petes Pink in the Rink Game

The 10th Annual Pink in the Rink game took place at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Saturday night (February 2nd).

The Petes may have lost on the ice—6-3 to the Oshawa Generals—but the entire night was a huge win for the organization and community as over $80,000 was raised to fight cancer.

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The Petes, in association with the Canadian Cancer Society, announced that the campaign raised $80,811.11, bringing the 10 year total to over $697,000.

A season-high 3,852 fans attended the game—the team’s highest attended game since Pink in the Rink on February 9th, 2013.

The Petes players wore special Pink in the Rink fundraising sweaters, which were sold in a post-game live jersey auction.

Petes alumni Steve Larmer (1977-78) and Cameron Mann (1993-97) were the honourary co-chairs of this year’s Pink in the Rink campaign.

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Congrats to all involved!

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OPP Are Responding To Numerous Calls About Snowmobiles Going Through Ice, Many Due To Impaired Driving

After another snowmobiler went through the ice on Saturday night (January 26th)—this one on Chemong Lake near Bridgenorth, and the person is facing impaired driving charges after being pulled out of the water safely by friends—OPP Central has put out a tweet to the public about snowmobile safety.

Photo graphic via OPP Central on Twitter

Photo graphic via OPP Central on Twitter

OPP said this in a tweet that is being widely shared: “Officers across Central Region have responded to numerous calls regarding snowmobiles that have went through the ice. #PtboOPP officers were called to Chemong Lake where a male drove in to open water and was impaired. Luckily he was not injured.”

OPP said in an earlier tweet that alcohol was a contributing factor in 48% of snowmobile fatalities in the province since 2008…

OPP are now deploying aviation and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as a tool for speed enforcement, and search and rescue…

Please spread the word about snowmobile safety and not drinking and driving.

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Watch: Joel Willett On "PTBOCanada" Show Talking About #ForMaverick

When the Willetts found out they were expecting a baby boy in early December 2017, it was pure joy. They had a house full of girls, and adding a boy to the mix was incredible.

Soon after, though, the received a call from their doctor that would turn their lives upside down and set them on a rollercoaster journey of emotions, challenges and heartbreak.

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Maverick

On Episode 34 of PTBOCanada, Maverick’s father Joel sits down with host Neil Morton to talk about his goal of raising $65,000 for Sick Kids Foundation in memory of his late son, who died at just 6 months of age. 

Joel Willett on “PTBOCanada” with Neil Morton

Joel Willett on “PTBOCanada” with Neil Morton

Watch (and share) the episode below to spread the word…

To learn more about the Willett’s story, click here. “Like” their “For Maverick” Facebook page here.

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STSCO Says Buses Are Slated To Run Again On Tuesday But Bundle Up

Wind chill values are falling near minus 30 Monday night, but a milder air mass will begin to move in Tuesday (January 22nd).

After no buses being on the road Monday due to the extreme cold, STSCO in Peterborough tweeted out that the plan is for school buses to run on Tuesday. But they caution parents “to be mindful that there may be some delays resulting from buses being operational in these conditions, and that students take proper precautions in dressing for the weather and any delay.”

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Enter A Team In The Carl Oake Rotary Swimathon For A Great Cause

The 33rd Annual Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon takes place Friday, February 15th and Rotary is shooting to get 40 teams in it this year and raise a total of $50,000.

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The Swimathon is all about fun (and fundraising), and raises money for Rotary projects and Easter Seals.

Get a team together and sign up to swim a lap on February 15th at the YMCA of Central East Ontario in Peterborough. Visit ptborotaryswimathon.com to register your swimathon team today.

Watch the promotional video our boutique agency spinoff StudioPTBO produced below to get a feel for this fun event…

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