PRHC Opens Doors To 4,300-Square-Foot Martin & Denise Pick Learning Centre

On Tuesday (May 14th), Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) announced the opening and dedication of the hospital’s new, purpose-built Martin & Denise Pick Learning Centre.

Using flexible design principles, the 4,300-square-foot Learning Centre is the largest available meeting space in the hospital, offering a 100-person-capacity area that can be converted into two smaller spaces.

It also has a dedicated clinical training area providing a wide range of state-of-the-art training tools and equipment in a simulated patient care environment, and comes equipped with sophisticated Information Technology (IT) tools and services to fulfill the organization’s clinical and support service training needs.

Members of the Pick Family pose at the entrance to the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre that now bears their name.  From left:  Dr.Rardi van Heest, Denise Pick, Martin Pick and Charles Pick.

Members of the Pick Family pose at the entrance to the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre that now bears their name. From left: Dr.Rardi van Heest, Denise Pick, Martin Pick and Charles Pick.

The dedicated educational space was made possible by the generous support of the PRHC Foundation donors who funded the $3.1 million project, and support of the Pick family was essential to the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation representative and former PRHC Foundation Board Member Martin Pick said the choice to support the Learning Centre and the hospital was a very personal one for his family:

“My father, Otto Pick, died from his third heart attack in 1959 at the age of 54, but in his short life, he and his amazing wife Marie laid the foundation for a seed enterprise that’s now a global presence in the industry,” says Pick. “The last years of his life, however, lacked any quality. Had he lived today in the period of bypasses and stents, his life would likely have been much longer and a great deal more comfortable. We chose the PRHC Foundation and the Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre to honour our parents’ hard work and imaginative foresight, and because advances and innovation need the support of the community to become possible.”

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Transformed Trent Bata Library Opens

The transformed “Library of the Future”—Trent University’s iconic Bata library—opened on Monday (October 29th) and it features a combination of the familiar and the stunningly new, with amazing views.

“With an emphasis on the original Ron Thom architecture and more open views to take in campus vistas, there is oodles of student space,” says the Trent University Alumni Association in a Facebook post.

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook Page

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook Page

Folks on Twitter are raving about it…

Bata Library 2.0 includes a makers’ space with a 3D printer and other high tech gadgetry.

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook page

Make sure to sign the welcome board there as well…

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Alumni Association Facebook page

This is a soft opening as some areas of the Bata building still require finishing touches. An official Bata Library Grand Opening Celebration event will take place November 16th, with more details to come on that from Trent U.

Here are some more pics of the new space…

Photo via  @trentuniversity
Photo via  @trentuniversity
Photo via  @BataLibrary

Photo via @BataLibrary

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

Photo via Trent University Facebook page

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Photo via Trent Univesity Facebook page

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Collaborative Conference Model EdCamp Comes To Peterborough October 18th

Photo via EdCampPTBO.ca

Photo via EdCampPTBO.ca

EdCamp, a popular new user-generated conference model built on collaboration—it's basically an "unconference"—is coming to Peterborough October 18th at Fleming College. EdCamps are free, and are designed to provide participant-driven professional development. They have a primary focus on technology, education and computers/mobile devices—as the world of learning and teaching is changing dramatically in a connected world. You can register here, follow @edcampPTBO on Twitter and check out their website here. More deets below on this innovative approach to learning, including a "101" video lesson on EdCamp (no homework, we promise)...

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