Alumni Relations update
The Cambrian College Alumni Relations Office had an active year as we worked hard to reignite our relationship with alumni.
In October, the Alumni Office hosted the “Cambrian Says Thanks” event, bringing our alumni together to thank them for their continued support. Over 200 alumni attended the event, and guest speaker, Suzanne Bernier (Journalism ’98) of SB Crisis Consulting, shared her experiences in crisis management, namely, the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the H1N1 pandemic.
We are happy to share that as a result of Alumni Connect, we were able to update our alumni database from 15,000 to 20,000 active records in five months.
In January 2015, we kicked off our “Alumni Connect” initiative in an effort to reconnect with Cambrian alumni. We reached out using a variety of social media outlets and through our e-newsletter. Those alumni who participated and updated their information were entered into a variety of draws with lots of great prizes. We are happy to share that as a result of Alumni Connect, we were able to update our alumni database from 15,000 to 20,000 active records in five months. We are continuing our effort to collect contact information for our alumni, and if you would like to share yours, please contact Devin Shyminsky.
The 2015 Alumni of Distinction Award was presented to Meggan Michaud (Graphic Design, 2010) at this year’s convocation ceremonies. Meggan started her own company, ‘Spectrum Designs’ after graduation before becoming a partner at ‘Design de Plume’ in 2012. She was awarded the BMR Award for Northern Ontario, has been published in Applied Arts Magazine, and was awarded People’s Choice Sponsor for work done for Sudbury Pride. She is also the current President of the Sudbury Design Society. Congratulations Meggan on your accomplishments!
On June 5, we hosted our annual Alumni Classic Golf Tournament. Over 140 golfers joined us for a great day of friendly competition and great times with old friends. The day was a fantastic success and over $8,600 was raised in support of scholarships and bursaries for Cambrian College students. Save the date for next year’s golf tournament set for Friday, June 10, 2016.
The Alumni team is continually working to expand the products and services available to Cambrian graduates. In addition to our on-campus services, which include Cambrian Athletic Centre discounts and access to our Employment Services, computer labs, and library, alumni can also access the Alumni Perks program that includes discounts at Choice Hotels and Canada’s Wonderland. Alumni are also able to receive discounted insurance rates through TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and Manulife, and we were please to introduce our new affinity partner this year, PBL Insurance, for their commercial, auto fleet, and bonding offerings for Cambrian Alumni. Our affinity partners strive to offer quality products to our alumni and when Cambrian graduates take advantage of these programs, financial support is directed back to the Alumni Association to support programs and initiatives.
Our goal is to build long-term, quality relationships that engage Cambrian alumni and enhance the Cambrian College experience.
New this year, the Alumni Relations Office introduced a Mentorship Program for Cambrian students in their second or final year of study. The program allows Cambrian students to be matched with a mentor in their discipline, who may either be a Cambrian alumnus or an established professional in the community. The program requires each mentor/mentee pair to set personal and professional goals supported by a one-hour commitment per month (either in person, on the phone or via e-mail) throughout the duration of the program. If you would like to be a mentor, please contact Devin Shyminsky.
As we embark upon another academic year at Cambrian College, we are proud to share that the College boasts over 50,000 graduates. Our goal is to build long-term, quality relationships that engage Cambrian alumni and enhance the Cambrian College experience. We strive to offer quality programs, activities and events, and to stay in touch with our alumni. If you have suggestions on how we can better serve our alumni, we want to hear from you!
Please contact Alumni Relations Officer, Devin Shyminsky or call 705-566-8101 ext. 6305.