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Posted May 16, 2024

St. John’s Class of 2024: you did it!

There is a reason many Academy Canada staff members and instructors refer to Convocation Day as their favourite day of the whole year.

We love seeing each of you walk across the stage and cheering you on.

Enjoy your celebrations, you deserve it!

Stay tuned to our socials for more candids and event photos coming soon, and please send in or tag us in your convocation posts so we can share them with your fellow graduates!

Posted May 15, 2024

Let's get moving!

On May 8, 2024 our Therapeutic Recreation students visited St. Pat's home to celebrate Mother's Day.

They delivered several activities to the residents during the event to keep them going.

Our students certainly make our hearts warm!

On May 8, Therapeutic Recreation students visited the St. Pat's home to keep the guests moving and their hearts warm for Mother's Day.

Posted May 14, 2024

Yes Chef! Harding Road Campus culinary students along with their instructor, Chef Bernie-Ann, put their skills into action with the Health Care Foundation Home Lottery!

Care and compassion are always on the menu when our students are volunteering (so are delicious meals in this case!).

Way to go students!

Chef Bernie-Ann Ezekiel along with her Cook students volunteered during the Home Care Foundation's Home lottery.

Posted May 13, 2024

Recently, the EmploymentWorks participants had an opportunity to visit Academy Canada, for an educational tour at the Kenmount Road Campus location.

Participants were presented with valuable program information that has helped lead to a better idea of potential education courses they might be interested in pursuing in the future.

Academy Canada thanks Autism Society NL and EmploymentWorks program participantsfor your visit last week!

We really enjoyed hosting you for a tour of our Kenmount Road Campus as well as having an opportunity to discuss about our programs, including Multimedia Graphic Design.

Autism Society NL's EmploymentWorks participants take a tour of Academy Canada's Kenmount Road Campus, including its Multimedia Graphic Design labs and classrooms.

Posted May 9, 2024

Rainbow Riders may be on break week from program lessons - but it's certainly not quiet at the barn this week!

On May 7, 2024, Rainbow Riders had the honour to host Academy Canada's Veterinarian Assistant/Receptionist students class.

They took a tour of Rainbow Riders and had a very interesting information session with Dr. Ashley!

21 students thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about Ashley's experience in the industry, along with meeting our sweet horses and hearing all about their unique horse health routines!!

Academy Canada's Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students took a tour of Rainbow Riders' stables.

Posted May 7, 2024

Academy Canada congratulates Cassie Fritz for being hired as Goldie Beauty Bar's new Esthetician.

Posted May 3, 2024

Congratulations to these brand new Personal Care Attendants!

They officially completed their studies yesterday and all immediately secured full-time positions with NL Health Services (Western).

We are so proud of you all!

Shout out to Catherine, their amazing instructor, for being a constant source of knowledge and support for these new healthcare professionals!

Posted May 2, 2024

Therapeutic Recreation student, Ben, is currently completing a practicum at Westbury Estates Seniors Living.

It is so nice to see him put his musical talents to use during their recent "Music and Memories" event!

Way to go, Ben, for giving a marvellous musical show and doing a practicum at the same time.

Therapeutic Recreation student, Ben, gives a musical performance for seniors at Westbury Estates during their "Music and Memories" event.

Posted May 1, 2024

"Women In Resource Development Corporation" (WRDC), in partnership with Newfoundland Labrador Hydro, is excited to announce we are accepting applications for the 2024 Trades & Technology Scholarships for Women*!

Six (6) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a skilled trades or technology program. For details, eligibility criteria and application requirements, visit https://wrdc.ca/news/trades-technology-scholarships-women/

*WRDC Definition of "Women" includes cis women, trans women, non-binary individuals, gender nonconforming people, gender fluid individuals, and anyone who has experienced or is subject to discrimination based on identifying or being identified as a woman, regardless of assigned gender at birth, gender identity, or gender expression.

Posted May 1, 2024

On April 26, 2024, Academy Canada was honoured to accept the Econext International Business Award in the International Business category!

This award "recognizes a significant initiative or achievement of a Newfoundland and Labrador organization engaged in international business activities relating to cleantech or environmental services. Initiatives or achievements could include export success, diversification into new sectors or markets, collaborative research and development, or the establishment of international partners."

We are incredibly proud of the collaborative projects we've launched with our training partners around the world, especially in the Caribbean region, and look forward to continuing this meaningful work.

Thank you to Econext for your ongoing support and for being a champion of environmentally sustainable economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Congratulations to all of this year's award winners!

Learn more about the econext Industry Awards and all recipients here: https://econext.ca/three-businesses-and-one-individual-recognized-for-helping-drive-clean-growth-in-newfoundland-and-labrador/

Academy Canada's Vice-President Academic and Chief Operational Officer, Lisa Lovelady, proudly accepts the Econext Award in the "International Business Award" category.

Posted May 1, 2024

From April 26 - 28, 2024, Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students provided free massages to the participants.

Academy Canada gives a shout out to all the players who rocked the rink at the 2024 Don Johnson Memorial Cup Atlantic Championship!

We are beyond proud to sponsor such an exciting event that showcases hockey talent from across Atlantic Canada.

We would also like to give a round of applause to our amazing Massage Therapy faculty members and students who were on site all weekend and provided over 120 treatments to players – that is seriously impressive.

This was definitely a weekend to remember - way to go, everyone!

Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students performed massages to the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Hockey Championship players.

Massage Therapy students provided their services to participating Hockey Players at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Hockey Championship.

Posted April 22, 2024

The CWB Foundation has several scholarships available for Welding Students.

Applications are now open for various scholarships, including the Hugh A. Krentz Student Award and Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award.

For more information or to apply, visit the CWB Foundation's website at https://www.cwbweldingfoundation.org/programs/#scholarships-and-bursaries.

Application deadline is June 14, 2024.

Posted April 20, 2024

Are you a college or university student and looking for a fun summer job (or 18 years old and attending post secondary in the fall)?

Maybe working in a child care centre is for you!

Contact our registrar office for more information on how to apply for temporary certification!

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709-579-3004
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Posted April 12, 2024

Academy Canada are proud to support the Miss Achievement Future Leader Award!

Miss Achievement is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering and nurturing the potential of young women across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Visit their website to learn more at www.nlachievement.ca

Posted April 15, 2024

Topsail Road Veterinary Clinic (TRVC) gives a warm welcome to their new Veterinary Assistant and Academy Canada Graduate, Kayla!

Kayla has been an amazing addition to our TRVC family!

She goes above and beyond to make our patients feel comforted & loved during their stay! (As seen here with our surgical patient, Alder)

TRVC are so blessed to have Kayla as a part of their family!

Posted March 29, 2024

A big thank you to Corporal Halitzki and Private Gillingham from the Canadian Army Reserve 37 Signal Regiment for visiting our Harding Road Campus!

Cpl. Halitzki and Pte. Gillingham met with students to share information about skilled trade career opportunities in Canada's Reserve Force.

For more information about careers in the Reserves, visit https://forces.ca/en/careers/reserve.

Canadian Forces Reserve officers, Pte. Gillingham (left) and Cpl. Halitzki, provide information about their career opportunities to Harding Road Campus students.

Posted March 27, 2024

McInnes Cooper's, St. John's location, facilitated an International Women's Day panel with three amazing local organizational leaders, including Academy Canada's own Vice President Academic and Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Lovelady.

Alongside Lisa, Sherry Colford, Fire Chief at the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, and Lynn Healey, Chief Executive Officer at Sequence Bio, joined as panelists for the event.

In the spirit of this year's International Women's Day theme, Inspire Inclusion, each panelist shared inspirational stories and experiences highlighting themes of diversity, empowerment, and inclusivity.

Congratulations to the McInnes Cooper team for a successful event that championed diversity and inclusion in the workplace!

Photo Credit: Haley Dalton, McInnes Cooper

Posted March 26, 2024

March 26, 2024 is Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day.

Shoutout to everyone wearing purple on campus today, including these Veterinary Assistants! Love to see it.

About Purple Day

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide.

Every year on March 26, people are invited to wear purple and host events to raise awareness for Epilepsy.

Last year, people in more than 85 countries on all continents participated in Purple Day!

Canada is the only country in the world who officially recognizes March 26th as Purple Day through the Purple Day Act implemented on June 28, 2012.

Did you know?

  • 65 million people have epilepsy worldwide.
  • An estimated 1 in 100 people have epilepsy.
  • 50% of cases have an unknown cause.

Learn more: https://www.purpleday.org/

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students wore purple on March 26 to raise awareness, support, and understanding for Epilepsy.

Posted March 22, 2024

Academy Canada is proud to be a "Great Northern Chamber of Commerce", serving businesses along the Great Northern Peninsula area.

We are proud to offer Adult Basic Education programs to students along the St. Anthony area.

Some students come in to upgrade certain subject areas to meet certain post-secondary admission requirements.

An opportunity to further your education in St. Anthony and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador's Great Northern Peninsula.

Posted March 18, 2024

Sending a shout out to our Esthetics Department for volunteering at the St. John's Status of Women Council/Women's Centre's annual "Beautiful You Day".

This special event is "dedicated to self-care, self-love and empowerment", and offered a meaningful opportunity for students to apply their skills and contribute to the community.

Thank you, St. John's Status of Women's Council, for including us in this amazing initiative!

Academy Canada's Esthetics students volunteers with St. John's Status of Women's Council for "Beautiful Your Day".

Posted March 15, 2024

On March 15, 2024, Academy Canada was excited to meet everyone attending the Skills Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Career Day at College of the North Atlantic on Prince Philip Drive!

Academy Canada's booth during the Newfoundland and Labrador "Skilled Career Day" event at College of the North Atlantic - Prince Philip Drive Campus.

Posted March 6, 2024

At the Office to Advance Women Apprentices, they believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity within the skilled trades industry.

They are thrilled to announce the launch of our Supporting Women In Skilled Trades Scholarship aimed at empowering and encouraging women to pursue careers in traditionally underrepresented fields.

This Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to women who are passionate about pursuing education and training in skilled trades such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical work, Welding, Automotive, and more.

"Office to Advance Women's Apprentices" believe that by supporting women in these fields, they can foster innovation, creativity, and excellence within industry.

For more information about the Supporting Women In Skilled Trades Scholarship and to access the application form, please visit https://www.womenapprentices.ca/newfoundland-labrador/supporting-women-skilled-trades-scholarship/.

Posted February 25, 2024

Have questions about Post Secondary Education funding?

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's "Student Financial Assistance" and "Student Aid" programs are here to help.

Posted February 16, 2024

On February 14, 2024, Corner Brook Campus celebrated Valentine's Day.

Check out some of these photos.

Love is in the air at Corner Brook Campus as they celebrated Valentine's Day.

Posted February 5, 2024

Congratulations to Carter Hodder on winning the "Dahl Outstanding Student Award 2023".

A shout out to Dahl and Dave Edison Agency Limited for supporting student success!

Academy Canada student, Carter Hodder (right), proudly receives his "Dahl Outstanding Student Award 2023".

Posted January 29, 2024

Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students treated "Westbury Estates Retirement Living" residents to a relaxing massage.

In these four photos below, our Massage Therapy students are in action to provide massages to Westbury Estates' tenants.

Posted January 25, 2024

During the week of January 20, 2024, Harding Road Campus hosted guests from the High Commission of Canada in Barbados.

It was a fantastic opportunity to connect, visit some of our skilled trades shops, and discuss programs and industries with faculty members.

Thank you for your visit!

Representatives from the "High Commission of Canada in Barbados" visited the Harding Road Campus.

"High Commission of Canada in Barbados" representatives take a tour of our Automotive Service Technician bays.

"High Commission of Canada in Barbados" representatives touring the Construction/Industrial Electrician shop.

Posted January 25, 2024

Academy Canada thanks everyone who joined us at the SpacesShared Information Session in Corner Brook on January 24, 2024!

The event sparked some great discussions and offered a wonderful opportunity to connect.

Corner Brook Campus Principal, Colin Burridge, and SpacesShared Special Advisor, Fraser Piccott, hosted an information session about the SpacesShared service to be provided to Memorial University, Keyin College, College of the North Atlantic, and Academy Canada students looking for housing.

Participants learned about the SpacesShared platform during an information session at the Corner Brook Campus.

Posted January 18, 2024

Exciting news!

Academy Canada has joined forces with SpacesShared to tackle the challenge of affordable student housing.

SpacesShared's innovative platform connects students with safe and affordable home sharing options hosted by older adults in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Together, we're not only addressing housing needs but also fostering stronger connections and community bonds.

For more information, visit the SpacesShared page at https://www.academycanada.com/spacesshared/

Posted November 24, 2023

Academy Canada congratulates Santanna Coleman on being Construction Safety Nova Scotia's new Occupational Health and Safety Advisor.

Training with Construction Safety Nova Scotia? You may have had the pleasure of meeting Santanna Coleman, a friendly face around.

Santanna has been walking our halls since 2019, with great efforts to help make #NovaScotia a safer place. Her safety career started almost 10 years ago when she completed her two-year diploma in Health, Safety, and Environment from Academy Canada in Newfoundland.

Alike many others within our organization, Santanna has a “do it for all” mindset – if she’s not out working with members, she’s inside the office planning how to make every day a sunny day. From engaging with our members, volunteering to teach the Saturday training shift, to planning in-house events – Santanna's efforts don’t go unnoticed.

If you’re a dog lover like Santanna, connecting with her will be easy, as she often comes into the office with her furry friend Moose (featured in the photo above).

Next time you’re in one of Santanna’s classes, ask her what her favourite training is to teach at Construction Safety Nova Scotia.

Source: Construction Safety Nova Scotia

Posted October 11, 2023

We're thrilled to announce a new collaboration with College of the North Atlantic.

Graduates of Academy Canada’s (AC) two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) program will have direct-entry acceptance into College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Advanced Diploma in ECE Administrative Leadership.

Learn more about this exciting new agreement at the full release here.

Posted September 28, 2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a BBQ, music and outdoor games at the Harding Road campus yesterday! We love kicking off the school year together with food and fun outside.

Special shout out to our culinary arts program for providing the cupcakes!

Here's the list of prize winners from the games and contests.

If you won and haven't picked up your prize, please stop into building 3:

Amanda D. (Automotive Service Technician), Sara G. (Animal Grooming Professional), Cody L. (Natural Resources), Josh P. (Automotive Service Technician), Josh S. (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic), Lauralee G. (Welder), Mike R. (Cook), Nate B. (Greenhouse Production), Spencer K. (Natural Resources), Shyla R. (Natural Resources), Dylan C. (Greenhouse Production), Tatum D. (Natural Resources), Shane W. (Construction/Industrial Electrician), Augustine K. (Automotive Service Technician), Michael Y. (Cook), Keitan C. (Natural Resources), Katie C. (Animal Grooming Professional), Brad C. (Natural Resources), Zack B. (Automotive Service Technician), Alexander P. (Natural Resources), Nathan W. (Cook), Joshua B. (Natural Resources), Gauge R. (Automotive Service Technician), John P. (Vet Assistant), Emily J. (Animal Grooming Professional), Shalonda C. (Welder), Eddy H. (Automotive Service Technician), Jeremy D. (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic).

Posted July 27, 2023

Academy Canada's own Cooking graduate, Jake Griffiths, and his Dad, Ray, are serving up success one hot dog at a time at their business, "Wiener Wagon".

When Jake had trouble looking for work, he did something even better, create jobs and be his own boss.

Jake's success at "Wiener Wagon" shows that persons with disabilities or neurodiverse have potential to be a big success when given a right opportunity.

When persons with disabilities are given an opportunity, everyone wins when we show more acceptance and inclusion.

"Wiener Wagon" has become very popular as they are now booked every weekend until the end of September.

To read more about Jake's ability to turn neurodiversity into an opportunity, please read the CBC Newfoundland and Labrador news article entitled "Not just any hotdog cart: The Wiener Wagon serves up sausages to hungry mouths — and independence to its chef" at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/wiener-wagon-hotdog-cart-placentia-argentia-1.6910170.

Exciting News Archive – Up To July 20, 2023

Posted January 27, 2023

On January 27, 2023, the Kenmount Road Campus were happy to welcome visitors from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service yesterday, Mrs. Tammy Brathwaite and Mr. Ian Murdoch.

Mrs. Tammy Brathwaite is a Trade Commissioner visiting from The High Commission of Canada in Barbados.

Mr. Ian Murdoch is a Trade Commissioner based in St. John's, NL.

Thank you to Mrs. Brathwaite and Mr. Murdoch for making time for a tour of our Kenmount Road campus during your tour of St. John's! We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Trade Commissioners paid a visit to the Kenmount Road Campus.

Left to right: Beverly Moore (Academy Canada Online Learning Department Head), Tammy Brathwaite (Trade Commissioner, Government of Canada), Lisa Lovelady (Academy Canada Vice President Academic/COO), and Ian Murdoch (Trade Commissioner, Government of Canada).

Posted March 9, 2023

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead.

At Academy Canada, we all support each other.

On March 8, 2023, we took time to recognize the strong, smart and supportive women on our Academy Canada team and within our student body!

Thank you for all that you do!

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.

Marked annually on March 8, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate women's achievements
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • Fundraising for female-focused charities

Learn more: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/.

Academy Canada celebrates our women's students, staff, and instructors on March 8 every year.

Posted March 15, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador faces an unprecedented need for Early Childhood Educators.

With $10 a day childcare coming to the province, its now more affordable than ever.

However, trained staff are urgently needed to fill the skills gap and meet growing demands.

Our Early Childhood Education program provides comprehension preparation for this rewarding and high-demand career.

Students learn how to create, develop and maintain programs and learning environments that are appropriate for children's ages and stages of development from infancy to age 12. They also learn how to guide staff in developing, implementing, and evaluating program goals and objectives.

Seats are available for our May classes in St. John's, Corner Brook, and online.

Be a part of this exciting, in-demand, and rewarding career. Come take your place.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education program: https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-health-and-personal-care/early-childhood-education/.

Read the latest news about affordable childcare in NL: https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2023/education/0315n01/.

Posted March 28, 2023

NEW incentives are available to train as a Personal Care Attendant! Join this rewarding profession and help provide care, comfort, safety and well-being to your clients across the life span.

Quick Facts:

On March 27, 2023, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government announced new recruitment and retention bonuses for Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) in long-term care. New PCAs will be eligible to receive up to $4,300 to work in long-term care for a one-year return in service commitment.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Government also offers student bursaries of up to $5,000 in exchange for a service commitment after graduation.

Personal Care Attendant wages in public healthcare systems in Newfoundland and Labrador range from $21.54 to $23.74 per hour.

100% of our recent PCA graduates are working and making a difference in their new careers!

Train to join this great healthcare profession this spring. We have seats available in the next class beginning in May at our Corner Brook campus. Graduate in just 30 weeks and be in high demand.

Apply at https://www.academycanada.com/admissions/apply-online/

Read the full news release here: https://www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2023/health/0327n06/

Learn more about the healthcare bursary program here.

Posted April 6, 2023

Healthcare Foundation thanks Bernie Ann Ezekiel, Academy Canada, and NTV News for joining us at the Grand Prize Showhome this morning. What a wonderful start to the day!

Posted April 14, 2023

On April 13, 2023, St. John's campuses hosted a successful job far where students have an opportunity to explore various career options in trades, hairstyling, construction, esthetics, banking, oil and gas, and other sectors.

Aspiring apprenctices had an opportunity to learn more about trades careers at the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's "Apprenticeship & Certification" booth.

Students had an opportunity to learn about career options and paths in various sectors from business and banking to construction and trades.

Posted April 25, 2023

Early Childhood Educators are in high demand across Newfoundland and Labrador, and new starting wages of $25 per hour for new graduates reflect the important work they do.

Learn more about new Early Childhood Education wages https://www.gov.nl.ca/education/childcare/childcareresources/early-childhood-educator-wage-grid/.

Talk to our team to learn more about career opportunities, training grants and graduate bursaries totalling over $17,000, and start training for this rewarding career this May or September.

Get in touch here at https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-health-and-personal-care/early-childhood-education-two-year/.

Posted April 27, 2023

Devin Keats, Journeyperson Electrician and our Advanced Electrical Instructor, was also the Lead Instructor for Iron & Earth and Nunatsiavut Government's recent Community Solar Skills Training Program partnership in Rigolet and Hopedale.

Training was offered as part of the Nunatsiavut Government’s Youth Energy Training Initiative. Participants completed in-class training and received hands-on experience before being onboarded into Iron & Earth’s Climate Mentorship Program and alumni network.

Way to go, Devin and team!

Check out this video to learn more about this fantastic renewable energy initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qtAzhyL20Q.

Electrical Instructor, Devin Keats, teaches his class at Iron and Earth and Nunatsiavut Government's Community Solar Skills Training Program.

Devin Keats and his students are setting up Solar Panels as part of the "Community Solar Skills Training Program" to reduce Nunatsiavut's carbon footprint and teach hands on skills.

Posted April 27, 2023

If you visit the lobby of our Corner Brook campus this week, you might notice something new...a dirt bike on display!

This was a recent project for our Autobody & Collision Tech students. They did a great job revamping the bike and giving it new life. Scroll to check out the before photos from the shop to see the complete transformation.

Learn more about this 34-week program at https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-construction-trades-and-mining/auto-body-and-collision-technician/.

Corner Brook Campus "Autobody and Collision Technician" students transformed this dirt bike into an amazing work of art.

Posted April 28, 2023

Looking for weekend meal inspiration?

Check out the Beef Wellington our culinary students prepared in the commercial kitchen.

Students made this dish as part of their training in beef and pork preparation. They did a great job.

Our chef's version of this classic steak dish of English origin consists of fillet steak coated with duxelles and wrapped in bacon and puff pastry, then baked. Tip: the bacon serves to add flavour and retain moisture.

Learn more about the 34-week Cook program here: https://www.academycanada.com/faculty-of-construction-trades-and-mining/cook/.

Cooking students prepared a popular English dish, Beef Wellington, as part of their beef and pork preparation training.

Posted May 1, 2023

Did you serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and plan to attend Academy Canada?

If you have at least six years of service, you could be eligible for funding from Veterans Affairs Canada to cover your tuition and other expenses.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Education and Training Benefit (ETB) provides funding to eligible veterans with a minimum six years of military service and honourably discharged on or after April 1, 2006 with education and training financial assistance needed to reach your civilian career goals.

This benefit is not limited to formal college or university level post-secondary training. Funding is also available to attend shorter courses, such as those for career and personal development. This can include business boot camps, workshops, and seminars.

Applicants must be honourably released from Canadian Armed Forces on or after April 1, 2006, and have at least 2,191 paid service days.

They have 10 years from the date of your release (or transfer date to the Supplementary Reserve) to apply for this funding.

For more information about the Education and Training Benefit, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website's "Education and Training Benefit" page at https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/education-and-jobs/back-to-school/education-training-benefit.

Posted May 5, 2023

Academy Canada is pleased to announce that our Therapeutic Recreation Student, Katlyn Winters, is one of two Recreation NL - Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship winners.

Congratulations Katlyn on winning this scholarship.

Best of luck in your Therapeutic Recreation studies, and a career ahead in this field.

About the Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship

Recreation NL's Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship is presented annually in memory of Kevin Waterman, an outstanding recreation leader whose career spanned thirty-eight years of dedication and passionate leadership to the recreation sector.

The objective of the Recreation NL student scholarship program is to ensure future quality leadership through the provision of financial support to emerging leaders enrolled in recreation related studies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Therapeutic Recreation student, Katlyn Winter, is one of two "Kevin Waterman Student Scholarship" winners for 2023.

Posted May 8, 2023

On May 6 and 7, 2023, some of our Occupational Health and Safety students participated in the Steps for Life walk to support families affected by workplace tragedies.

Students raised over $1100 to support Threads of Life initiatives. Great job, everyone!

Every year in Canada, close to 1,000 workers are killed on the job, or die as a result of a work-related injury or illness.

Every one of those families has a story about their loved one. Add to that the thousands who are injured on the job each year, whose stories have just taken a sudden plot twist.

Steps for Life offers a chance to tell those stories and reveal the faces and lives behind the statistics. Learn more here: https://threadsoflife.ca/get-involved/steps-for-life-walk/.

Academy Canada's "Occupational Health and Safety" students raised over $1,100 for "Threads of Life".

Posted May 9, 2023

Our Veterinary Assistant students are doing a fundraiser for FurEver Young - Senior Animal Rescue this semester, check it out and contact Lesleys Collective for more info!

Proceeds from the Pet Bandana sales will also go to the rescue!

Make your pets stylish and support a great cause at the same time.

Posted May 13, 2023

On May 12, 2023, St. John's campuses Hairstylist and Therapeutic Recreation students and instructors helped celebrate Mother's Day in fine style at Westbury Estates.

They did the residents' nails and hair, and also had their pictures taken.

According to Westbury Estates' Certified Therapeutic Recreation specialist, Stephanie Neville, they wanted to help make their mothers feel special ahead of Mother’s Day.

Big thank you to our Therapeutic Recreation and Hairstylist students for helping to making all Mothers and Grandmothers at Westbury Estates feel special.

To read more about the wonderful work our Therapeutic Recreation and Hairstylist students provided at Westbury Estates Southlands, read the VOCM News article entited "Westbury Estates Residents Treated to Mother’s Day Pampering" at https://vocm.com/2023/05/13/westbury-estates-residents-treated-to-mothers-day-pampering/.

Posted May 14, 2023

The COVID-19 Pandemic inspired many people to shift their focus and priorities, including pursuing another career path.

Therapeutic Recreation student, Tyler Kearney, worked as a Personal Trainer in the Health and Fitness field for almost a decade.

However, the COVID-19 Pandemic forced Tyler to rethink his career path, and transferred the skills he gained from being a Personal Trainer to the Therapeutic Recreation field.

Kearney says knowing the province’s aging demographic and the fact that many seniors in long-term care were isolated and unable to get out and around during the pandemic is what caused him to shift to Therapeutic Recreation.

According to Tyler Kearney, there is overlap between Therapeutic Recreation and Personal Training, including some cognitive work and planning.

He was well trained in the field of keeping people active and fit, but he wasn’t prepared for the cognitive side of his new career—keeping people engaged and maintaining mental activity.

During the Mother's Day activity at Westbury Estates Seniors Living in Southlands, Tyler even got treated to a makeover from one of their tenants.

A Westbury Estates Tenant treats Tyler to a makeover. Photo Credit: VOCM.

Source Article: VOCM "Pandemic Shutdown Inspires Man’s Career in Therapeutic Recreation" - https://vocm.com/2023/05/14/pandemic-shutdown-inspires-mans-career-in-therapeutic-recreation/.

Posted May 17, 2023

Academy Canada and Benjamin Moore Paint Shops congratulates Kelsey F. and Emily B. for completing and receiving their Interior Decorating and Design diplomas.

Both ladies accepted a position at The Paint Shop.

Drop in to get their expert advice in colours, flooring and blinds Benjamin Moore Paint Shop.

Posted May 17, 2023

On May 11, 2023, Academy Canada's Vice President Academic and COO, Lisa Lovelady, and Online Learning Department Head, Beverly Moore, hosted an information session about our Early Childhood Education Program at The Brix in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Our team enjoyed visiting and talking about rewarding and high paying career opportunities in Early Childhood Education.

Thank you Ms. Esther Jones of 1sass for facilitating the session with us!

Academy Canada gave a presentation about the Early Childhood Education program at "The Brix".

Left to Right: Beverly Moore (Online Learning Department Head), Ms. Esther Jones (1Sass representative), and Lisa Lovelady (Vice President Academic and COO).

Posted May 24, 2023

Congratulations to our St. John's campuses graduates who crossed the stage at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre on May 18, 2023.

It was an honour to celebrate with each and every one of you.

You should be very proud of the effort and commitment that went into earning your diplomas.

Now it's time to apply your knowledge to your new careers.

We look forward to seeing what the future holds for you all and cheering you on along the way!

Posted May 24, 2023

Academy Canada are pleased to announce the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT).

We look forward to collaborating to benefit COSTAATT and Academy Canada students.

Thank you to Dr. Keith Nurse and the rest of the COSTAATT team for the warm welcome and hospitality during our visit.

About COSTAATT

As one of the largest public post-secondary institutions in Trinidad and Tobago, COSTAATT awards certificates, advanced diplomas, associate and bachelor’s degrees in a wide range of specialised, technical and academic programmes to full and part-time students.

The College is the premier regional institution offering educational programmes in a number of critical areas including: radiography, medical laboratory technology, nursing, business and library studies.

In addition, the College is the official translation body for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Learn more: https://www.costaatt.edu.tt/about-2/

"College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago" (COSTAATT) President, Dr. Keith Nurse, and Academy Canada "Vice President Academic and COO", Lisa Lovelady, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This colloboration will benefit both colleges.

Posted May 25, 2023

Academy Canada are thrilled to be IABC Newfoundland and Labrador "2023 Pinnacle Awards Event Sponsor.

We have been a champion to IABC Newfoundland and Labrador, with many of its students in various programs involved with the organization.

Our students have also won many Pinnacle Awards.

Academy Canada's staff have further supported IABC NL as board members, providing their talent to further enhance resources for communications professionals throughout the province.

We are proud to be a partner with IABC Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information about the Pinnacle Awards, please visit the IABC Newfoundland and Labrador website's Awards page at https://iabcnl.com/iabc-awards/.

Posted May 29, 2023

Academy Canada are pleased to announce we recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Barbados Community College (BCC) in Bridgetown, Barbados.

We look forward to building a partnership that benefits students in both Barbados and Canada.

Thank you to Mr. Samuel Bowen and Mr. Roger Worrell for welcoming us to your campus during our visit.

Academy Canada and Barbados Community College representatives show their Memorandum of Understanding letters.

Posted June 1, 2023

On June 1, 2023, the Massage Therapy program at our Kenmount Road Campus started an outreach program providing weekly treatments at the Waterford Hospital for Mental Health and Addictions employees and staff.

The initial outreach was scheduled for ten weeks, but after receiving so much positive feedback from both staff and our students, the program has continued weekly.

As we celebrate our one year partnership with the Mental Health and Addictions Psychological Health & Safety Committee, we are very proud to share that our students have provided approximately 1300 massage therapy treatments to staff/employees at the Waterford Hospital.

We want to thank everyone who has participated in our clinic at the Waterford Hospital and provided the students with this rewarding clinical opportunity.

Special thanks to Chantel, Administrative Assistant at the Waterford Hospital. We are so grateful for your leadership, organizational skills and genuine care for this outreach experience.

Way to go, everyone!

Posted June 5, 2023

Academy Canada (AC) and College of the North Atlantic (CNA) are excited to announce a new collaboration!

AC Cook program graduates, who have 320 hours of documented work experience, are now eligible for direct entry into the second year of CNA’s new Culinary Management program being offered at Prince Philip Drive Campus in St. John’s in September 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for Year 2 of this program.

At the agreement signing were Lisa Lovelady, AC’s Vice President Academic and COO, and Jason Rolls, CNA’s Vice President Academic & Applied Research.

Academy Canada's Vice President Academic and COO, Lisa Lovelady (left), and College of the North Atlantic's Vice President Academic and Applied Research, Jason Rolls (right), sign a collaboration agreement.

Posted June 9, 2023

On June 8, 2023, Heritage Square Retirement Living thanks Academy Canada Massage Therapy students for stopping by and giving free massages to our residents.

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students gave residents at Heritage Square Retirement Living provided free massages to their residents.

Posted June 13, 2023

Corner Brook Campus thanks Annie Randell, Aboriginal Employment Services (AES Inc.) President, for visiting our Corner Brook campus to speak to our trades students on June 12, 2023.

It was great to hear about the wonderful incentives available to tradespeople as part of the Apprenticeship Service Program.

Annie Randell (left), Aboriginal Employment Services President, and Colin Burridge (Corner Brook Campus Principal), gave a presentation on incentives to tradespeople.

Posted June 26, 2023

What an incredible accomplishment!

Academy Canada are so proud of the great team behind our partnership with Holy Redeemer Elementary School.

We'd like to send a special acknowledgment to our team members and students that worked on this Outdoor Eco Classroom Project at Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Spaniard's Bay.

Shout-out to Chris Frampton, our Carpentry instructor, along with his students, and Trevor Jerrett, our Regional Facilities Coordinator.

Chris, Trevor, and the students worked in partnership with the incredible team at Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Spaniard’s Bay to help bring the Outdoor Eco Classroom to life.

Thank you to Holy Redeemer for inviting us to participate in this project.

Experiences like these offer a valuable opportunity for students to put their classroom and shop knowledge into practice AND give back to their community.

What a rewarding experience for all involved, well done!

Our Carpentry students helped build this exciting Outdoor Eco Classroom project. A true "work of art".

Academy Canada's Carpentry students helped build an Outdoor Eco Classroom for Holy Redeemer Elementary School students.

Posted June 28, 2023

Academy Canada extends a big thank you to Mr. Ken McDonald, Avalon Riding MP, for visiting our Conception Bay South Adult Basic Education Learning Centre on June 28, 2023.

It was great to get together, meet with students, and discuss the good work our adult learners have done at the ABE Learning Centres across NL.

Avalon MP, Ken McDonald visited the Conception Bay South "ABE Learning Centre" to learn about the work our adult learners have done.

Left to right: Lisa Lovelady, Academy Canada Vice President-Academic/COO; Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for the Avalon Riding, Newfoundland and Labrador; Jackie Morry, ABE Curriculum Coordinator; Peter Heath, ABE Instructor.

Posted June 29, 2023

On June 28, 2023, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students raised a grand total of $2306.65 for FurEver Young - Senior Animal Rescue.

They worked hard to put together a successful gift basket raffle, bake sale and bandana sale at our St. John's campuses.

Way to go, everyone! What an amazing job.

All proceeds will go to FurEver Young - Senior Animal Rescue, a registered non-profit located in St. John's with a mission to rescue, adopt, and rehome senior dogs and cats. Learn more about them here: https://fureveryoung.wixsite.com/home

Check out the last photo for a shot of the fundraiser supervisor, Bowen, keeping a close eye to make sure everything was running smoothly throughout the day.

Secret Fundraising Supervisor, Bowen, keeping a close eye to make sure everything was running smoothly throughout the day.

Posted July 4, 2023

Academy Canada's aspiring chefs and bakers made rainbow cupcakes with love to celebrate Pride Month.

Academy Canada's Culinary Arts students prepared rainbow coloured cupcakes to commemorate Pride Month, showing that "Love is Universal".

Posted July 4, 2023

Our culinary students and instructor, Chef Bernie Ann Ezekiel, were so pleased to participate in "Blind Date with the Stars" event again this year. The students had a great experience volunteering their time to prepare an upscale menu for this worthy cause!

Check out the menu below to see what they prepared:

Appetizer
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup w/Smoked Paprika Croutons & Caramelized Apples

Entree
Pan Fried Duck Breast w/Partridgeberry-Balsamic Reduction, Field Mushroom & Saffron Risotto, Seared Asparagus, and Brown Butter Cauliflower Puree

Dessert
Vanilla Bean Espresso Creme Brulee
Russian Tea Cakes

Wonderful job, everyone!

Learn more about the Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (LDANL) here:

https://www.ldanl.ca/

Aspiring chefs prepared this Butternut Squash Soup as an appetizer.

Cook Instructor, Chef Bernie Ann Ezekiel, helps cook the Pan Fried Duck Breast.

Vanilla Bean Espresso Creme Brulee with Russian Tea Cakes.

Academy Canada's Culinary Arts - Cook students prepared amazing meals for the Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador's "Blind Date with the Stars".

Posted July 5, 2023

Academy Canada's Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students and instructors wishes to thank Monica Hicks from "The Aggie Fund" for presenting a guest lecture to our Veterinary Assistant students!

Your lecture on Feline Infectious Peritonitis was insightful and eye-opening. We appreciate you sharing your time and expertise.

From The Aggie Fund: "Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a virus that is caused by the feline coronavirus. Many cats in the world have the feline coronavirus and live happy and healthy lives, the issue is when the coronavirus mutates into FIP. FIP was once a 100% death rate but through amazing research and trial studies done across the world, it was deemed curable with treatment in 2019." Learn more here: https://www.theaggiefund.com/.

"The Aggie Fund" gave a presentation about Feline Infectious Peritonitis to our Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students.

Posted July 6, 2023

Academy Canada's Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist Instructor, Crystal Mercer (RVT, RLAT), is in Quebec City for the 2023 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention!

This year's conference theme is Joie de Vivre and features leading-edge training and continuing education opportunities in the Veterinary Medicine field.

Posted July 13, 2023

Academy Canada's partnerships with colleges across the Caribbean continues to grow as we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia.

Thank you to the team at SALCC for the warm welcome and hospitality during our visit!

Academy Canada Vice President Academic/COO, Lisa Lovelady, and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Acting Principal, Dr. Merle St. Clair Auguste, signed a Memorandum of understanding to extend partnerships with these exciting career colleges.

Academy Canada and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) representatives were present to sign a MOU extending partnerships between two colleges.

(Left to Right): Mr. Kurt Harris, SALCC Acting Vice Principal/Dean of Academic Partnerships and Internationalisation; Ms. Lisa Lovelady, Academy Canada Vice President Academic/COO; Dr. Merle St. Clair Auguste, SALCC Acting Principal; Ms. Beverly Moore, Academy Canada Online Learning Department Head.

Posted July 13, 2023

On July 12, 2023, Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students provided relaxing massages to Bishops Garden Senior Living tenants.

They always enjoy our visits!!

Academy Canada's Massage Therapy students performing relaxing massages to guests at Bishops Gardens Senior Living.

Posted July 13, 2023

Our St. John's Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students recently visited the MUN Ocean Sciences Centre Marine Lab to learn more about these smart and social marine mammals.

The OSC Marine Public Education staff discussed the facility's research, marine mammal and sealing issues and more.

Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist students watch a seal swimming towards them at MUN's Ocean Sciences Centre.

Posted July 17, 2023

Our Culinary Arts - Cook instructor, Chef Bernie-Ann Ezekiel, and one of her students, Nathan W., attended Windy Heights Farm NL's Grand Re-Opening, featuring their new state-of-the-art mushroom growing facility. The event showcased regenerative farming ractices as well as initiatives to simplify food production and increase food security.

Bernie-Ann and Nathan also enjoyed a guided hayride tour of the 400-acre grounds, sod farm and animals. The event provided opportunities to connect with and learn from other chefs, farmers, suppliers, and professional foragers.

Windy Heights Farm has been a valued supporter of our Cook & Greenhouse Production programs. They helped set up blocks of mushroom substrate on campus, giving the students hands-on learning opportunities with exotic mushroom varieties they wouldn't typically see in a supermarket, including some that make great meat substitutes for vegan diets. We appreciate your support!

Windy Heights Farm staff cut the ribbon to celebrate their grand reopening.

Posted July 18, 2023

How fun is that?!

Therapeutic Recreation students and instructor, Joanne, recently went off-campus for a spin class at Studio VERSŌ!

Thank you to Maria Snow, VERSŌ instructor and co-owner, for providing such a positive experience.

Everyone left feeling full of energy and inspired!

Therapeutic Recreation students went on a field trip to Studio VERSŌ.

Posted July 21, 2023

Happening in our Cooking program: the students are mastering the art of the perfect chocolate cake.

The cake pictured here is a chocolate mousse cake.

It contains a bottom layer of devil's food cake made with black cocoa, a mousse layer with dark chocolate flavour, and a topping of dark chocolate ganache.

Rising Stars Spotlights

April B., a first-year Occupational Health and Safety student, is one of four recipients in Canada to receive the annual Threads of Life - Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support Scholarship.

In partnership with the Canadian Registered Safety Professional - CRSP, this award recognizes Threads of Life family members pursuing college or university programs each year.

We asked April what inspired her to pursue a career in OHS and she shared her story about workplace safety:

In 2022, at only 22 years old, April experienced a tragic loss. Her partner and father of her child passed away in August of that year. He fell 30 feet while working in New Brunswick and ended up with a fractured pelvis and ribs, along with a massive leg wound. Since his incident occurred out of province, April dropped everything to go be with him.

After a few weeks, she had to return home to go back to work and her partner was transferred home to the hospital, where things took a turn for the worst. While being evaluated, doctors discovered that he needed surgery to stabilize his fractures. Due to complications of his injuries in surgery, he passed away.

April describes this incident as a make-or-break moment in her life. Despite the challenges and emotional stress, she knew her daughter was counting on her, so she decided to return to school to study Occupational Health and Safety.

April became connected to Threads of Life through WorkSafeNB / Travail sécuritaire NB and was inspired to get involved. She participated in the 2023 Steps for Life 5k in Paradise and is fundraising and volunteering again with her family this year! Learn more about this important cause at www.threadsoflife.ca/get-involved.

April’s goal is to continue her education, earn her CRSP® designation, and work in the offshore/marine industry.

We are so proud and can’t wait to see the incredible impact she will have on her field.

Way to go, April!

Falyn F., a second year Therapeutic Recreation student, has recently taken the opportunity to travel to Ontario for a work term placement with Jess Jones Recreation Therapy Inc. (JJRT).

JJRT provides therapeutic recreation services to humans of all ages and abilities, with a particular focus on developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Dementia.

Falyn says she was excited to bring her passion for promoting well-being to the JJRT team. Falyn, a proud parent to two amazing daughters, one aged 17 years and the other just 11 months, lives by the motto that it's never too late in life to chase your dreams!

Fun fact: Falyn was also our Student of the Month in October 2023.

Here is what Jess had to say about her decision to invite Falyn to Ontario for an experiential learning opportunity at JJRT:

"I had the privilege of meeting this exceptional young woman during my time in the province while collaborating with the Newfoundland & Labrador Therapeutic Recreation Association. Alongside many of my peers and Joanne, her dedicated teacher from Academy Canada, we formed an instant connection. It was clear that providing Academy Canada students with the opportunity to complete their placement at JJRT would be an invaluable experience for learning about Private Practice (PP) in Therapeutic Recreation. As a pioneering organization in PP, we are delighted to establish partnerships with colleges across Canada!"

You are incredible, Falyn! We can't wait to see where your career in Recreation Therapy takes you. We would also like to send a warm thank you to Jess Jones and her team for going above and beyond to support Falyn's educational journey.

During his time in school, Waeel was described as a dependable class leader with strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.

He will bring those qualities, along with his talent for his craft, into his new role at Sol Lov Salon in downtown St. John's.

Your future is very bright, Waeel!

Best of luck in your amazing new position at Sol Lov!

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