Sponsors of Syrian refugee family wanted to make a difference

The Toronto couple acknowledged that they had been moved to sponsor a Syrian family with children after the sheer tragedy of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on the beaches of Turkey. The couple joined an existing private sponsorship group, Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE), last year.

Centennial course helps first-time businesses

An expert in starting up a business, says most prospective business owners need to start with a question directed at themselves.

The Story Arts Centre at the East York campus of Centennial College will stage a workshop called The Accelerating Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) program on Sept. 28. One of the ACCEL business coaches, David Cowdery, believes the whole process starts by asking a key question.

“I ask them all the same question, ‘When was the last time you bought or paid for the thing you are about to do?’” he said. “If they say, ‘Never,’ then we need to think about it.”

Waiting to exhale at college meditation sessions

It’s nearly the end of another school semester, and that means it’s also a time of intense deadlines and preparation for final exams.

While most young people resign themselves to a month of caffeine consumption and all-nighters, things are a little different at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre campus in East York. Here, stressed-out students – and their teachers — can attend meditation sessions every Tuesday from 3:30-4 p.m. at the campus’s fitness centre.

Centennial College AV technician calls it a career

When audio-visual technician Al Bennett first began working at Centennial College’s Warden Woods campus, digital technology didn’t exist and black and white video was just starting to be used in most colleges. Flash-forward almost half a century later, and technology sure isn’t what it used to be.

College to partner with industry professionals

College grads today need skills beyond what’s taught in the classroom to make it in the new economy, a problem Centennial College is trying to address — starting with its inaugural Industry Night held Nov. 12 to encourage industry professionals to shape the 26 programs at its Story Arts Centre on Carlaw Avenue.

Building strong women from strong girls

A group of young girls sits in a classroom at the Story Arts Centre in East York. The rooom is buzzing with excitement even before the day begins. The girls, aged 9-14, have joined a symposium exploring career options and future career paths including: journalism, broadcasting, animation and arts. All of the participants rotated through workshops, centred on the arts.