“I recognized, whilst I was here, what this school meant to me. And I suspect those of us who have actually been here, understand what I am talking about. It is about the friendships that you make. It is about the environment in which you live, it is about the relationship that you have with your teacher, and the inspiration that they can give. And if you combine that, and many other things, into consideration, it has made the most significant impact on each and every one of us who have been here. I have always maintained very close relationships with what goes on here, because I believe that this is the school that leads when it comes to innovation in education, innovation when it comes to the way that we respect, and the way that we work with our environment.”
On Tuesday (May 7th), two Lakefield College School families expressed their support of the school through commitments of very generous gifts totalling $18 million.
Alumnus John ’68 and Jane Hepburn have made a $15 million commitment toward the school’s new dining hall and other strategic priorities. The Hepburn's gift represents one of the largest single donations ever made to an independent school in Canada.
The new dining hall has been identified as one of the major priorities under “Community First” in the school’s latest strategic plan and will be situated in the heart of the beautiful campus, which is located on Katchewanooka Lake.
A gathering place for the entire community, the dining hall will be designed to strengthen and enhance the student experience and will be named in honour of the John and Jane Hepburn Family.
"With this new dining hall will come an array of opportunities for us to connect and learn from each other, as one community in one inspirational space,” says Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation.
In addition, the Parent Family confirmed their intention to make a very generous gift to the school of $3 million towards a new student residence. Parent House will complete the proposed double residence, which includes Ross House (announced last spring) and will be designed to strengthen their new “Community First” house model.
This gift is made by Marc Parent in honour of his children Alexandre '15, Sabrina '18 and Stephanie '20 in gratitude for the indelible mark the school has left on their lives.
Hundreds of prospective students will have the opportunity to explore Fleming College at its annual Spring Open House.
The College will host its Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th at its campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton and Cobourg, and at the eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy (EOETA) in Norwood.
The College will host tours of the campuses and residences as well as offer information sessions on Financial Aid Options, On-and Off-Campus Housing, and Transitioning to College for students with an IEP.
To showcase the hands-on learning that takes place at Fleming, many of the programs will provide live demonstrations of learning activities:
Sutherland Campus: Sensory room experience, immersive virtual reality simulation and freshly baked cookies in the Culinary lab.
Frost Campus: Geology demonstrations in the newly renovated Geo Centre, climbing demonstrations, Blasting Techniques demonstrations, running diesel engine demonstrations and horizontal directional drilling simulations.
Haliburton Campus: Guests can watch students perform live art demonstrations in the campus studios.
Cobourg Campus: Visitors can tour the Personal Support Worker lab.
Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training program: Students applying for the Pre-service Firefighter Education and Training program are invited to visit the EOETA in Norwood (36 Industrial Dr.) where the program is now located. The EOETA has several established training environments including a burn tower, roof and door props, search and rescue maze, confined space prop, and new high-intensity propane training props. As part of the Open House, faculty and current students will be at the EOETA to welcome visitors, provide tours of the facility and perform live demonstrations.