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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.


Exciting things are coming. Will you be ready?

Posted October 23, 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) Vice-Chair and Academy Canada Director, James Loder, met with Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker, NLCA Chairperson, Rhonda Collings, and NLCA CEO Rhonda Neary to discuss Newfoundland and Labrador's exciting future of our Construction industry.

Exciting things are coming. Will you be ready?



Academy Canada Director and NLCA Vice Chair, James Loder, met with Steve Crocker, Rhonda Collings, and Rhonda Neary to discuss the future of our Construction industry.


Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) - "Student Membership" Offer

Posted October 16, 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) are this province's leading commercial and industrial construction industry's voice.

They are excited to now offer student memberships for those attending Academy Canada and other provincial colleges!

Joining this association will help you special access to industry information, networking opportunities, professional development sessions, and their bi-weekly newsletter that explains everything that is happening in Newfoundland and Labrador's construction industry.

Membership fee is $50 per year plus HST.

For more information about getting your NLCA "Student Membership", please click here.


Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) Scholarship

Posted September 28, 2017

The NLCA has a scholarship program for children/dependents of NLCA members who are attending post-secondary colleges, including Academy Canada.

Ten scholarships valued at $1,000 as well as the Lar Rossiter Memorial Scholarship valued at $2,000 with be awarded.

Applicants must have a High School, Adult Basic Education, or General Education Development (GED) Diploma; currently enrolled in post-secondary studies; and be an NLCA member's dependent.

For more information, please click here.

Application deadline is November 10, 2017.


"Habitat for Humanity - ReStore" - Volunteer Opportunities

Posted September 25, 2017

"Habitat for Humanity" are now recruiting volunteer "General Office" personnel for their ReStore.

Applicants must be committed to donate eight hours of their time per month with a minimum 3 month commitment.

For more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity, please click here.


St. John's Tool Library

Posted August 13, 2017

Whether you're a veteran "Do It Yourselfer" or thinking about getting started on your very first project, the St. John's Tool Library is there to help.

The St. John's Tool Library is a non-profit tool lending service for people who want to create, make, build, and grow.

Your membership at the Library gives you access to a broad inventory of equipment - from lawn mowers to power drills, stud finders to table saws, and gardening shovels to soldering irons, they've got you covered.

St. John's Tool Library are located at 151 Empire Avenue and open Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Interested in becoming a member, volunteering, or just finding out more? Visit the St. John's Tool Library website at http://www.stjohnstoollibrary.ca, their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/StJohnsToolLibrary, or drop by when they are open.


Academy Canada Congratulates Our First "Medical Device Reprocessing" Program Graduates

Posted August 8, 2017

The first "Medical Device Reprocessing" students graduated at Corner Brook Campus on August 8, 2017!

Congratulations to you all and good luck as you begin your careers in the MDR profession!



Academy Canada celebrates our first "Medical Device Reprocessing" graduates from the Corner Brook Campus.


Pre-School Program Space Still Available

Posted August 3, 2017

Are you looking for quality childcare from professional Early Childhood Educators?

Space is available in our Pre-School Program starting in September!

Our centre is committed to providing the highest quality of childcare in a safe, caring environment designed to promote learning, social skills, and a sense of well-being.

For more information please contact our centre located at:

17 Montgomery Street
Corner Brook
Tel: 709.637.2121


Jobs Are Coming - Will You Be Ready

Posted July 24, 2017

Jobs Are Coming! Will you be ready?

Service Canada released a report today giving some optimistic news about Newfoundland and Labrador's job market. Two things are highlighted.

Husky Energy has announced that major construction contracts for the White Rose extension project will be awarded in several weeks with activity expected to ramp up quickly. Work at the facility is expected to employ 700 to 800 people during peak construction.

PAL Aerospace in St. John's has received a $2.2 million grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador government to remodel a Dash-8 plane to be used for special missions worldwide. This is expected to create 150 jobs.


Academy Canada Nation Represented Well At "2017 Tely 10"

Posted July 24, 2017

On July 23, 2017, the City of St. John's hosted their annual running event, the "Tely 10".

Lisa Lovelady, Samantha Howell, Joanne Bennett, and Mary Flynn represented the Academy Canada Nation well in that event.

Congratulations to Lisa, Samantha, Joanne, and Mary on their performances at this annual running event.


Kenmount Road Campus "Therapeutic Recreation" Students Visit Emmanuel House

Posted July 18, 2017

The Therapeutic Recreation students recently visited the Waterford Hospital and Emmanuel House as part of their "Valuing Diversity: TR and Mental Health" Course.

Here are some pictures taken at the Waterford Chapel and on the steps of Emmanuel House.

Special thanks to everyone who helped coordinate this site visit!



Kenmount Road Campus "Therapeutic Recreation" students visited Waterford Hospital's "Emmanuel House" as part of their "Valuing Diversity: TR and Mental Health" course.



More photos of our "Therapeutic Recreation" students at Emmanuel House.


"No Turning Back" Writer, Ida Linehan Young, Visits Kenmount Road Campus Therapeutic Recreation Students

Posted July 17, 2017

On June 20, 2017, Ida Linehan Young visited the Therapeutic Recreation class to share her best seller novel, "No Turning Back", surviving the Linehan family tragedy.

In 1980, Ida lost 5 of her siblings in a tragic house fire. As a 15 year old, she suffered severe burns to her body but overcame hardships and found healing in writing this exceptional novel.

Thank you Ida, your motivational presentation!

You inspired us all to live life to the fullest and focus on gratitude and hope.

Ida's daughter, Shawna, is a Therapeutic Recreation student.



"No Turning Back" writer, Ida Linehan Young, visited the Kenmount Road Campus "Therapeutic Recreation" students.


Academy Canada Nation - You Are Awesome For Supporting Froude Avenue Residents

Posted July 17, 2017

Thanks to everyone who supported the fundraiser for Froude Avenue.

Through the 50/50 ticket sales and our lemonade stand, we raised $371 for the Froude Avenue residents whom were hit with a recent fire.

Special appreciation to Nate Mailhiot, son of Therapeutic Recreation student, Michelle, for organizing a Lemonade Stand, and Therapeutic Recreation Instructor, Joanne Bennett, for taking the fundraiser lead!

Congrats to Multimedia Graphic Design student, Sam, for winning the 50/50!

Way to go Academy Canada staff and students for your generous spirit!



Nate Mailhout mans the lemonade stand during a fundraiser for Froude Avenue residents effected from a recent fire.



Kenmount Road Campus Therapeutic Recreation students held a fundraiser in support of Froude Avenue residents effected from a fire.


Scouts Canada - Looking For Volunteers

Posted July 17, 2017

Hey Student Volunteers!

Scouts Canada is looking for some new faces to join our Groups in the St. John’s-area (and beyond)! We are Canada’s leading youth organization. For more than 100 years, we have brought a world of adventure, outdoor experience and friendship to 17 million Canadian youth. Scouts have a lot of fun discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere. Along the way they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouting offers a world where you can discover the best in yourself and the best in others.

Do you …

  • Enjoy the outdoors?
  • Have the desire to learn new skills?
  • Like to make new friends?
  • Want to play a role in developing the next generation of youth?

If you said yes to any of the above then you have found the right place!

The Scouts Canada program is open to BOTH boys and girls, ages 5-26, with age-specific programming (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers). To ensure the success of these programs, we need the support of dedicated volunteers, just like you! You don’t even need to have kids in the program, just an interest in youth development and the great outdoors!

Many of our current groups could benefit from additional volunteers, willing to dedicate approximately 12-14 hours/month to the program, generally from September-June, and some groups offer occasional summer activities. Groups in the St. John’s-metro area are:

  • 1st Roncalli (Airport Heights)
  • 1st Torbay
  • 1st MacDonald Drive (east end)
  • 1st Mary Queen of Peace (east end)
  • 1st MacPherson (centre-city, right next to CBC)
  • 1st Portugal Cove
  • 1st Cowan Heights
  • 1st Mount Pearl
  • 1st Paradise
  • 1st Topsail
  • 1st CBS
  • 1st Goulds

IN DEVELOPMENT: We plan to open a new French Language Group operating out of L’Ecole des Grands-Vents on Ridge Road in September.

IN DEVELOPMENT: Kenmount Terrace (would operate out of Prince of Wales Collegiate, next to CBC, but so far there is no Group Committee formed).

Training and thorough screening is required to become a volunteer Scouter.

If you’re interested in starting your adventure with Scouts Canada, contact William Short at william.short@scouts.ca or call 709-687-2888.

To learn more about Scouts Canada, visit http://www.canadianpath.ca.


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.


"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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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