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Campus Life

Campus Life Overview

Campus Life

Campus Life Overview


Campus Life Overview

During the school year, many events are planned for students, including graduations, field trips, guest speakers, volunteerism and many program-related experiences. We encourage all students to participate and contribute to a well-rounded college education. 

A sample of recent campus events can be found below:


ABE, On The Spot

The Academy Canada Adult Basic Education classes across the province produce a monthly newsletter called “ABE, On The Spot”.

To view an "ABE, On The Spot" newsletter for a particular month, please click a newsletter link below:

March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
January 2016
February 2016
April 2016
May 2016
July 2016
September 2016
December 2016
February 2017
May 2017


Convocation 2017 Speeches

To view Convocation 2017 speeches, please click a link below:

St. John's Campuses - Jessica Kennedy Fleming


Convocation 2016 Speeches

To view Convocation 2016 speeches, please click a link below:

Corner Brook Campus - Danielle Pond


Convocation 2015 Speeches

To view Convocation 2015 speeches, please click a link below:

St. John's Campuses - Jennifer Williams
Corner Brook Campus - Devon Brake


Corner Brook Campus "Convocation 2017"

Posted June 14, 2017

On June 9, 2017, Corner Brook Campus students and staff attended their Annual Convocation Ceremony at the Corner Brook Civic Centre Studio in Corner Brook. The studio was full to capacity with their family, friends, honoured guests, and 111 graduating students in attendance.

Ms. Mindy Finlay, Vice Principal, and Mr. Colin Burridge, Principal, began with introduction and opening remarks. Mr. Carl Barrett, Director of Operations, delivered greetings from head office. Following this, Mr. Kurtis Ferguson, Occupational Health and Safety graduate and guest speaker, and Mr. Robert King, Class Valedictorian, both addressed the convocation with their inspirational and congratulatory messages.

Next, Ms. Rose Hatcher, Registrar, presented graduates with their diplomas, with the assistance of each Program Instructor. Program award recipients were also presented with their medals at this time.

Thank you for your inspiring and motivating words.



Occupational Health and Safety Student, Robert King, Corner Brook Campus Convocation 2017 Valedictorian.

President's Award

The President’s Award is bestowed to one individual who displays the values that Academy Canada encourages in all students. These values include good academic standing, leadership, professionalism, a positive attitude and a strong sense of school spirit.

Individuals for this award are nominated by their instructors through a written submission to the Academy Canada's President, Mr. Michael Barrett. A thorough evaluation is completed and a selection is made.

Mr. Colin Burridge, Principal, presented this award to Ms. Serina McKinnon, Criminology Student.



Corner Brook Campus Principal, Colin Burridge (Left), presents the President's Award to Criminology Student, Serina McKinnon (Right).

Program Winners

Ms. Anita Fisher presented the following Program Awards:

CONVOCATION 2017 PROGRAM WINNERS
Program Recipient
Adult Basic Education Richard Kennedy
Business Administration Janice Wellon
Carpenter Randy Greene
Construction/Industrial Electrician Rod Fewer
Criminology Serina McKinnon
Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis Nicole Marche
Hairstylist Charmaine Jones
Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Susan McCarthy
Medical Device Reprocessing Crystal Samson
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer Spencer Lush
Occupational Health and Safety Dennis Sweetapple
Office Administration (General Studies) Charmaine Mitchell
Office Administration Technology Rebecca Vardy
Steamfitter/Pipefitter Nick Molyneux
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist Hailey Spingle Thomas
Welder Mason Power



Corner Brook Campus Award Winners and Special Recognition Recipients:

Left to Right: Serina McKinnon (President’s Award), Susan McCarthy (Home Support/Personal Care Attendant "Program Award"), Hailey Spingle Thomas (Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist "Program Award"), Kurtis Ferguson (Guest Speaker), Dennis Sweetapple (Occupational Health and Safety "Program Award"), Robert King (Valedictorian), Janice Wellon (Business Administration "Program Award"), and Nicole Marche (Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis "Program Award").

Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor Award

The Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor Award is presented in memory of Graham Blundon – a great friend, teacher, mentor and supporter of Academy Canada. This award recognizes the exceptional commitment of the instructors who strive to ensure the success of their students. The recipient of this award demonstrates a tireless dedication to lifelong learning and an unwavering loyalty to continuous improvement of themselves and their students.

An instructor is chosen based on student recommendations to Campus Administration.

Ms. Mindy Finlay, Vice Principal, presented the Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor Award, to this year’s recipient, Mr. Roger Thornhill, Adult Basic Education Instructor.



Corner Brook Campus Vice Principal, Mindy Finlay (Left), presents the Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor award to Adult Basic Education Instructor, Roger Thornhill (Right).

Congratulations to all graduates and award recipients of this year’s annual convocation ceremony!


Kenmount Road and Harding Road Campus "Convocation 2017"

Posted May 29, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Kenmount and Harding Road campuses students and staff attended Academy Canada’s Annual Convocation Ceremony at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s. The auditorium was full with family, friends, guests, and 218 graduating students.

Ms. Anita Fisher, Kenmount Road Campus Principal, and Mr. Steve Browne, Harding Road Campus Principal, began with opening remarks and introduced several speakers including Mr. Bernard Davis, Virginia Waters-Pleasantville MHA, Mr. James Loder, Head Office Representative, Mr. Russell Butler, graduate guest speaker from the Construction/Industrial Electrician program and Ms. Jennifer Kennedy-Fleming, School Valedictorian.

Thank you for your inspiring and motivating words.



Jennifer Kennedy Fleming, Convocation 2017, Valedictorian.

President's Award

The President’s Award is Academy Canada’s highest honour awarded to one student from each campus reflecting the ideals we strive to instil in our graduates including leadership, professionalism, positive attitude, good overall average, and a willingness to participate in school and extra-curricular activities.

Staff members provide recommendations to Academy Canada President, Mr. Mike Barrett, who selects a recipient. A difficult decision to make as several students deserved this award.

Mr. Steve Browne presented this award to Mr. Daniel Hickey, Harding Road Campus Construction/Industrial Electrician Student, and Ms. Anita Fisher presented the award to Kenmount Road Campus Therapeutic Recreation Student, Shaelyn Philips.

Congratulations to both recipients.



Anita Fisher (right), Kenmount Road Campus Principal, presents the "President's Award" to Therapeutic Recreation student, Shaelyn Philips (left).



Steve Browne (left), Harding Road Campus Principal, presents the "President's Award" to Construction/Industrial Electrician student, Dan Hickey (right).

Program Winners

Ms. Anita Fisher presented the following Program Awards:

CONVOCATION 2017 PROGRAM WINNERS
Program Recipient
Adult Basic Education Tsige Lijam
Animal Grooming Professional Danielle Penney
Business Administration Tracy Reid
Carpenter Michael McDonald
Cook Evan Bailey
Criminology Matt Ryan
Esthetics and Spa Management Kayla Bonnell Murphy
Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis Melinda Doyle
Interior Decorating Cassandra Pack
Law Enforcement Foundations Tia Whiteway
Massage Therapy Angela Cooper
Medical Device Reprocessing Paula Reardon
Multimedia Graphic Design Shekinah Hunter
Music and Recording Arts Daniel Herridge
Nail Technician Kelsey Clarke
Natural Resources William Scott
Occupational Health and Safety Scott Diamond
Office Administration (General Studies) Melissa Feltham
Physiotherapy Assistant Miao Yu
Plumber Thomas Moore
Steamfitter/Pipefitter Leon Leonard
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist Kiah Harnum
Welder Christopher Jackson

Memorial Program Awards and Diploma Presentations

Mr. Steve Browne presented the Memorial Program Awards:

CONVOCATION 2017 MEMORIAL PROGRAM WINNERS
Program Memorial Award Recipient
Academic Courses Beverly Anne Whalen Nicole Best
Automotive Service Technician Justin Ingram Wayne Banfield
Computer Aided Drafting Norman Dawe Wen Yi Chang
Construction/Industrial Electrician Mike Purdy Daniel Hickey
Hairstylist Marilyn Jarvis Nathaniel King Collins
Insulator (Heat and Frost) Robert Stone Ryan McCarthy
Office Administration Technology (Medal, Dental, Legal, Engineering, Records Management) Melissa Glynn Johanna Cavanaugh
Paralegal Studies Josephine Harris Rebecca Lethbridge
Therapeutic Recreation Jeremy Cross Shaelyn Philips

Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor Awards

Elizabeth Campbell, Kenmount Road Campus, Vice Principal, and Natalie Whalen, Harding Road Campus Vice Principal, presented the Graham Blundon Outstanding Instructor award.

This is awarded to an instructor exemplifying leadership, compassion, student and school involvement, and extra-curricular commitment.

An instructor from each campus is presenting this award based on student recommendations.

Mary Singleton, Office Administration General Instructor, and Gary Young, Insulator (Heat & Frost) Instructor, are the Kenmount Road and Harding Road Campus "Outstanding Instructor" award winners respectfully.



Gary Young (left), receives the Graham Blundon "Instructor of the Year" award from Harding Road Campus Vice Principal, Natalie Whalen (right).

"Year In Review" Presentation

Following the awards presentation, our audience enjoyed a “Year in Review” picture presentation featuring students and staff pictures from both campuses during various events at the Kenmount and Harding Road Campuses throughout the year.

Thank you to Neil Bolt, IT Manager for putting together this excellent slideshow which everyone appreciated.

Congratulations to our 2017 Graduates. You did it!



Your 2017 Kenmount Road and Harding Road campus Graduates.


Academy Canada Provides Awesome Signage To "School Sports NL"

Posted June 14, 2017

Academy Canada is a proud partner of "School Sports NL".

This school year, we provided awesome signage for "School Sports NL", an organization which oversees school sports throughout the province.



"Outstanding Athletes Compete Here" through School Sports NL's partnership with Academy Canada.


You Volunteered - You Deserve A Reward

Posted June 12, 2017

You volunteered...you deserve a reward!

Special kudos to everyone who took part in the Outer Ring Road cleanup on June 11, 2017. The area looks amazing thanks to your hard work!

We were so impressed that we wanted to do something to show our appreciation.

Academy Canada would like to offer anyone who participated in the Outer Ring Road cleanup event, or any 2017 organized community cleanup in the province, a gift certificate for one of our Student Client Day services. It can be used at our Hair Salon, Esthetics Day Spas, Nail Centre, or Massage Therapy Clinics!

Let our talented students give you a relaxing massage, new nails, an incredible hairstyle, or an amazing spa treatment. Volunteering never felt so good.

Simply email jloder@academycanada.com your name and address as well as the cleanup you took part in.

We'll mail you a gift certificate...it's as easy as that!


Polar Expressions Publishing - Summer Writing Contests

Posted June 9, 2017

Any creative students out there who would like to express themselves through their writing!! Submit your poerty, short stories, etc. to the 10th annual summer writing contests for Canadian writers of all ages.

A lot of really great prizes!!!

For full details, visit their website http://www.polarexpressions.ca.

Don't delay, contest deadline is July 31, 2017.


"The Uniform Shop" - Discount For Academy Canada Students

Posted June 5, 2017

"The Uniform Shop" is now offering a 10% discount for Academy Canada students.

Avoid disappointment and get your uniforms for the Fall semester now.

"The Uniform Shop" offers a wide array of different brands and sizes in easy to care for fabrics in your school’s faculty colors.

Customized orders available.

Visit them at the "Fall River Plaza" on 320 Torbay Road in St. John's.

For more information, please call 709-576-2228.


Kenmount Road Campus Therapeutic Recreation Student, Jillian Chaisson, wins Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship

Posted May 31, 2017

Therapeutic Recreation Student, Jillian Chaisson, is one of this year's Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship winners.

Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship is presented annually in memory of Kevin Waterman, an outstanding recreation leader whose career spanned 38 years of dedicated and passionate leadership to the recreation sector.

The scholarship's objective is to ensure future quality leadership with financial support to emerging leaders enrolled in recreation related studies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Academy Canada congratulates Jillian Chaisson for winning the Kevin Waterman Student's Scholarship.



The 2017 Kevin Waterman Student's Scholarship winners. Left to right: Holly Shepard (College of the North Atlantic), Derek Bennett (Derek Bennett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development), and Jillian Chaisson (Academy Canada, Kenmount Road Campus).


Johnson Insurance Scholarships

Posted May 23, 2017

Johnson Insurance are now accepting applications for their $1,000 scholarships.

50 scholarships valued at $1,000 each will be awarded to students completing high school in 2017 and starting post secondary education this fall.

For more information or learn how to apply, please visit the Johnson Insurance website Scholarship page at https://www1.johnson.ca/scholarship.


Apply to be a "2017 Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador (SONL) Summer Games" Volunteer

Posted May 7, 2017

The "2017 SONL Summer Games" will be taking place from July 13, 2017 - July 16, 2017 in the St. John's, Mount Pearl, Paradise, and Conception Bay South areas.

This event will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island for the 5 Pin Bowlers, and 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for other participants.

In order to make this event a huge success, volunteers are needed for logistics, first aid, dining hall, Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, sporting events, and much more.

You don’t need a sport background or any previous experience with SONL to volunteer during this event. All you need is enthusiasm for enriching the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities through sport.

If you have a couple hours to give or even an entire weekend, you can be a volunteer.

For more information about volunteering for the 2017 Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games, please visit their website's "Apply to be a Summer Games Volunteer" page at http://www.specialolympics.ca/newfoundland-and-labrador/announcement/apply-be-summer-games-volunteer.


Harding Road Campus Students Cater At "Health Foundation - Hospital Dream Lottery Home"

Posted May 3, 2017, Updated May 4, 2017

On May 4, 2017, Harding Road Campus Cooking students along with their Instructor and Chef, Bernie-Ann Ezekiel, provided catering services at the Hospital Dream Home event.

They were doing it in partnership with our friends at Health Care Foundation and OZ FM.

Great job everyone!



Harding Road Campus Cooking Instructor, Bernie-Ann Ezekiel, and her students provided catering services during the "Hospital Dream Home" event.


Cellphone Recycle Program

Posted April 25, 2017

Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Corner Brook, is currently seeking any and all old cellphones that you may have and wish to recycle.

If you have an old cellphone that you'd like to donate, please drop it off at the Corner Brook Campus front desk before the end of the week.


Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) Scholarships

Posted April 5, 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) are awarding adult scholarships to NLHC tenants.

Six $1000 scholarships will be awarded, two each in the Avalon/East, Central, and Western/Labrador regions.

For further information or to receive an application, please use the following contact information.

Telephone - 709-724-3003
E-mail - scholars@nlhc.nl.ca
Website - http://www.nlhc.nl.ca


Harding Road Campus Cooking Students featured on "NTV Evening News Hour" "Made Right Here"

Posted March 29, 2017

On March 27, 2017, Harding Road Campus Cooking students and their instructor, Bernie-Ann Ezekiel, were featured on the "NTV Evening News Hour" "Made Right Here" segment along with their host, Danielle Butt.

The students created three delectable dishes including Macaroni and Cheese, Wisconsin Beer and Cheddar Soup, and Sauteed Mushrooms and Peppers.

"Made Right Here" gets an inside look at businesses shaping our economy with products that are proudly "Made Right Here" in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Special Thank You to Mary Brown's

Posted March 27, 2017

A special thank you to Lisa Crowley and our friends at Mary Brown's - Torbay for including us at their Local Community Marketing Campaign.

They generously donated an amazing lunch on March 16, 2017 when tour groups from Labrador (MIFN and NCC) had a St. John's campuses familiarization tour.

We really appreciate your support and commitment to the community.

You rock!!



Mary Brown's, Torbay location, graciously donated an amazing lunch for our tour groups from Labrador.


Academy Canada Cooking Students To Be Featured On "NTV - Made Right Here"

Posted March 24, 2017, Updated March 27, 2017

On March 24, 2017, NTV Host, Danielle Butt, profiled Academy Canada's Harding Road Cooking students and their instructor, Bernie-Ann Ezekiel, for their upcoming "Made Right Here" episode to be aired on March 27, 2017, during the "NTV Evening News Hour".

Academy Canada are looking forward to seeing our segment on "Made Right Here" on March 27, 2017.



NTV "Made Right Here" Host, Danielle Butt, alongside our Cooking students.


"The Head Room" - Models

Posted March 17, 2017

The Head Room in Paradise is looking for models for a hair show! Call Laura or Kathryn at 782-2249. The winner gets a free trip to L.A.

If selected, you will need to visit "The Head Room" some evening on the week of March 19-25 for full details.

Preparations will be taking place March 26, 2017 and the show is March 27, 2017, no exceptions.

Please note that you must be adventurous and let them style you as they please, but will provide free colours until hair is back to its usually colour.

What a fun opportunity!


Thank You To Newfoundland Power and Nalcor

Posted March 13, 2017

On March 11, 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador's Avalon Peninsula area was hit with a major windstorm which caused considerable damage to buildings, power lines, and other structures.

Immediately after the windstorm, Nalcor and Newfoundland Power worked diligently to get our power back and quickly as possible.

On Academy Canada's behalf, a big thank you to Nalcor and Newfoundland Power for helping to bring life back to normal on the Avalon Peninsula.


Enjoy the Big Apple

Posted March 9, 2017

We wanted to wish our Kenmount Road Campus Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis class and their instructor, Denise Etheridge, good luck on March 10, 2017 as they fly off to New York City for The International Esthetics Conference.

Thank you to everyone who has supported them over the past year with their fundraising efforts. Safe travels!!!!


Adult Basic Education "Teacher Appreciation Week"

Posted February 28, 2017

From February 12-18, 2017, Academy Canada celebrated the Adult Basic Education program stars, our teachers.

A big thank you to every one of you.

Your dedication to the ABE program students can be measured in our student success, something that makes Academy Canada proud.

Thank you for everything you do, every day.



Academy Canada thanks our Adult Basic Education instructors for making our program a success.


"St. John Ambulance" Volunteering Opportunities - Corner Brook

Posted February 27, 2017

Check out St. John Ambulance - an excellent community organization. Build great skills ... and your resume!


Student Survey Contest Winners

Posted January 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who recently completed our Campus Survey. It will help us understand our student body more so we can adjust programming to your needs.

As promised, we entered everyone's names into a draw for $50 Gift Cards.

The winners are Cavell Bigelow (Kenmount Rd), Connie Newell (Harding Rd), Ruby Coombs (Corner Brook), and Francis Randall (St. Anthony ABE Site). Congratulations! Your campus Principal has your prize.


Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service Commission - Private Training Corporation Board Member "Student Representative"

Posted January 11, 2017

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to a new merit-based appointment process for agencies, boards, and commissions or ABCs for short - one that is open to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

This process will ensure that positions are filled by the most qualified individuals and reflect the diversity of the population served.

Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service Commission is currently seeking expressions of interest for the Private Training Corporation, more specifically the student representative position which is currently vacant.

Current students attending private training institutions who are interested in this opportunity, or interested in consideration for future opportunities on other provincial ABCs are encouraged to visit the ABC appointments website and apply online at http://www.psc.gov.nl.ca/psc/abc.

For more info: http://www.exec-abc.gov.nl.ca/public/agency/detail/?id=545.


Important Reminder About Reporting "Academy Canada Website" Errors

Posted November 18, 2016

The Academy Canada Webmaster makes a diligent effort to ensure that our website's pages and forms are accurate and in working order.

Even with our best efforts, the website may contain pages with inaccurate or incorrect information, web forms and social media feeds that are not in working order, and hyperlinks and phone numbers that are not up to date.

Anytime an error is reported to the Academy Canada Webmaster, he/she investigates the problem pages, forms, hyperlinks, photo feeds, and social media feeds, and then corrects them as soon as possible.

Recently, not only did some people report an error without specifying the problem pages on the Academy Canada Website, but these errors turn out to be false after proper investigations were made.

Here are the guidelines for reporting Academy Canada Website errors.

Reporting "Academy Canada Website" Errors

If you find an error or inaccuracy on the Academy Canada Website, you must provide the following information to the Webmaster:

1. A description of the error.

2. Specify the Academy Canada Website page where its located. This will make error location, investigation, and correction easier.

If you claim there's an error on the Academy Canada Website, but don't specify which page is located, the Webmaster reserves a right to reject this request.


Wellness Awareness at Corner Brook Campus

Posted November 17, 2016

On November 15, 2016, Corner Brook campus welcomed 4th year Bachelor of Nursing students, Melanie Smith and Melissa Kennedy, to host a Wellness Information booth.

They shared information and strategies for stress management, mental health, nutrition on a budget, exercise planning and the importance of sleep, all topics that arose from a health needs survey with our student population they conducted as part of their Community Health Nursing course.

Thank you for sharing such valuable information with our campus community, Melanie and Melissa!



Memorial University Nursing students, Melanie Smith and Melissa Kennedy, hosted a Wellness Information booth at the Corner Brook Campus.


Creative Beginnings Childcare

Posted June 13, 2016

Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre located in Corner Brook has spots for children ages 3 to 12 years old.

Located on 17 Montgomerie St.

For more information, please call 637-2121.


"Campus Status" Feature

Posted January 19, 2016

In an effort to better inform students, staff, and instructors about campus openings and closures, the Academy Canada Website's home page "gold box" now has a new feature called "Campus Status".

"Campus Status" informs students, staff, and instructors if a campus is opened or closed.

If your campus is closed due to severe weather conditions, a non-weather related event such as a power outage or water main break, campus related event, civic holiday, or college wide holiday, we will post a reminder on the "Campus Status" that your campus is closed.

Like the previous "Storm Day Announcement" feature, in an event of a campus closure, the "Thought of the Day" quote maybe removed.

If no closures occur, we will say "All campuses are open".

At this time, this feature is only available for Corner Brook, Kenmount Road, and Harding Road campus students.


Academy Canada is CCAP Reaccredited

Posted November 23, 2015

Congratulations!!

Academy Canada Career College are pleased to announce that Academy Canada is National Association of Career College's "Canadian College Accreditation Program" reaccredited.

We continue to be Newfoundland and Labrador's only accredited career college to hold this Canadian wide endorsement.

Great job everyone!!!



Academy Canada Career College's 2015-2016 CCAP Accreditation Certificate.


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