Repair Cafe is coming to Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch!

The Repair Cafe will be in Brampton on November 4, 2017! Sheridan is collaborating with the Brampton Library to offer the event at the Chinguacousy Branch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for people to come down to the library to get their broken household items fixed. You can receive help from our volunteer fixers on repairing different household items, including small appliances, clothes, toys, laptops and electronic devices. Our volunteer fixers will sit with you one on one and walk you through the repair process. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Feel free to stop by even if you don’t have any item to fix!

We are also looking for volunteer fixers. If you are skilled at repairing things and enjoy helping others learn how to do the repair, we would like to invite you to join our Fixer team! Our email address is:  missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

We hope you can join us to reduce the number of things sent to the landfill by fixing reusable items on November 4! To avoid lineups, please arrive early. Registration closes at 2 p.m.

Our last café in Brampton was a great success. It was held at Four Corners Library in March. Below are some photos taken during the event.

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Cancellation of Repair Cafe at Davis Campus

Due to the Faculty strike that began on Monday October 16th we have to cancel the Repair Café that was set to take place at Davis on Thursday. When classes resume, we will set a new date for the Repair Cafe at Davis campus, so look out for updates in future.  

Repair Café is returning to Davis – We are looking for Fixers!

The repair cafe is coming back to Davis Campus!! We are looking for fixers! If you have any skills at repairing or fixing household items, clothes, small appliances and electronic devices,  please send us an email at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca. Repair Cafe is a community gathering where people can get their possession fixed for free but they are also asked to learn about how that object is being fixed. This gives the person that opportunity to fix it them selves in the future if it is safe for them to do so.

Sheridan College will be having our Repair Cafe during Canada’s Waste Reduction Week on Thursday October 19, 2017. This event is open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.

Two fixers are working together on the motor of a broken fan at the Repair Café (HMC campus) in March

Below are the details of the Repair Café:

Event: Sheridan Repair Café

Time: Thursday, October 19, 11:30 am to 2 p.m.

Location: Sheridan College, Davis Campus Student centre

Cost: Free!

 

Our Fixer and Volunteer team at the Repair Café in March

If you are interested in become a volunteer for Repair Cafe please fill out this form.

To learn more about Repair Cafe please visit this post on Sheridan Insider.

 

Join Us For Davis Campus Cleanup Day – October 5

Davis campus is having another cleanup day!! Mission Zero is looking for volunteers to help make Sheridan College a zero waste campus by picking up litter on Thursday October 5th. We welcome students, staff and faculty to help pick up litter near the pond and the other surrounding areas.

We will meet in front of the Davis campus cafeteria at 12 pm. Volunteers will be collecting waste in groups if you like or individually. There you will be given gloves and a bag to place the litter in. Also, there will be awards given to the heaviest weighted items collected and the most unusual waste item. For more information on what will be taking place at the event read this post.

Please come out and help even if you only have 30 minutes to spare.

If you have any questions email us at zerowaste@sheridancollege.ca

 

Event Details
Date:
 Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Meeting Location: Cafeteria Entrance, Davis Campus

Volunteers Help Complete the Medicine Wheel Garden

Medicine wheel garden volunteers

Students, staff, faculty and family joined botany expert Paul O’Hara, Saturday, 16th of September to complete the planting of our new Indigenous pollinator Medicine Wheel Garden.

It was one of the first volunteer events of the school year and a perfect Saturday morning for planting.

With staff alongside the student volunteers a total of around 20 dedicated planters showed great enthusiasm, ready to help complete the garden, learn new things, meet new people and share in some good laughs with other Sheridan members. All the things we wish for in our volunteer experience.

Directions being made to volunteers

The volunteers along with two experienced Oakville Green educators were split into pairs. Before we got started our botany expert Paul, gave a quick planting tutorial for the group and helped describe what was going into the garden and why it was significant to the local area.

The garden was designed and planted for many positive reasons. The Medicine Wheel Garden symbolizes the First Nations’ traditional teachings. We hope the garden will be used to promote biodiversity and health and wellness. It will also   provide the Sheridan community a beautiful green space for learning and relaxation at the Trafalgar campus.

Medicine Wheel volunteers gardening

“Being out here and learning about the details of the Medicine Wheel was great. I liked learning about the colour quadrants, how they represent the seasons, four directions of the earth and balance with nature,” said Mission Zero student volunteer, Kimberly Nguyen.

We hope that this planting event will help the volunteers from the community foster a sense of stewardship towards the garden and our environment.

The design of the garden is very specific to First Nations traditions. They were ritualistically constructed by the Native tribes, such as: the Mississaugas of the new Credit, The Iroquois and the Ojibwa, in North America.

With that history in mind, the Office for Sustainability has been partnering with The Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support in the garden design and volunteer recruitment process.

“I was very impressed with the garden, I could see that there were plants that are traditionally used in certain medicines and that sweetgrass and sage were all present. I hope that when the plants take root and grow the garden can become a peaceful area for people to relax,” student volunteer Jacob Henry said.Medicine wheel garden

About 90-95 percent of the plants are native to Southern Ontario, according to Paul.

“I hope that people will feel some sort of energy, a good energy in this garden to kind of take them away from their studies,” said Paul, local botany expert of Blue Oak native landscapes.

“I know that students are having a tough time these days. There’s an anxiety epidemic out there and I hope that the garden will give them some respite or solace and take them away from the stresses of life, don’t take things too seriously, just have fun,” O’Hara continued.

And we share the sentiment. We are thankful to all the volunteers who came out and contributed to something that will provide so much in return.

Our efforts don’t stop here though, we need more volunteer support to maintain this beautiful garden. If you are interested in helping out, please email us at MissionZero@Sheridancollege.ca

The official opening of the garden will take place at the College’s 50th anniversary. On October 2. Hope you can join us for the celebrations!

 

Creating Sheridan’s Medicine Wheel Garden – Callout to Planting Volunteers

The time is almost here! We are just finalizing the perimeter of our Medicine Wheel Garden and getting it ready for the planting event on September 16th. Sheridan College will have a Medicine Wheel Garden right in front of J-wing building at the Trafalgar campus.

 

Outside of the wheel there will be trees and shrubs that will provide shade as they mature. The large stones are there for students to sit and enjoy being outdoors and possibly have outside lectures! The native grasses are there for their hardiness and look beautiful when surrounded by snow in the winter.

Inside the Medicine Wheel will be split into four sections, all of which will include Southern Ontario plants (flowers and grasses) that attract pollinators. The garden will have plants that flower during spring, summer and fall, and during winter the grasses get their shine due to their intriguing foliage (leaves).  A section will have flowers of the same colour and each section will have a different colour. Each colour will correspond with the four colours of the Medicine Wheel. As a volunteer, you will be given guidance to help us plant some perennials within the four sections.

For more details on the development of the Medicine Wheel Garden check out our post in the Sheridan Insider.

We are currently looking for volunteers for our Medicine Wheel Garden planting event. Please sign up here to join us on Saturday September 16th at 10 am to 12 pm.

 

Join Mission Zero for the Fall Term!

Care about the Environment? Want to make a difference on your campus and make new friends at the same time? Join Mission Zero!!

As a Mission Zero (MZ) Volunteer, you will assist the Office for Sustainability (OfS) with the promotion of Sustainability Initiatives, the implementation of the community engagement events at Sheridan, and be involved in a variety of outreach activities and supporting events throughout the fall semester. Working with a team, not only will you have fun in meeting new people and making a difference at your campus, you will also be able to log down the volunteer hours that will be counted towards your Co-curricular Record (CCR). The Mission Zero Volunteer role is a CCR-approved with the requirement of a minimum of 12 hours to add the position on your Co-curricular record.

To help volunteers ease into this position, we are providing a training session at each campus. We will discuss your volunteer schedule for the semester during this session. The locations and times will be announced soon to all interested volunteers.

The first event we have for upcoming volunteers is the Tabling Promotions During Orientation Week of Aug 28 to Sept 1. The hours are 11:30 am – 1 pm for all three campuses. Trafalgar is on Monday and Tuesday, HMC is on Thursday, and Davis is on Thursday/Friday. No training is necessary. If interested, please get in touch through our e-mail: missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

If interested, please fill-out the Volunteer Form http://missionzero.sheridancollege.ca/get-involved/mission-zero-volunteer/volunteer-form/ . If you have any further questions, contact us through our social medias: E-mail, Twitter, or Facebook!

We look forward to hearing from you!

To our Tour de Sheridan cyclists – Thank you for coming out and cycling!

Thank you to all of our participating cyclists that came out to participate our second annual and first Tri-campus biking event, Tour de Sheridan last Friday morning at Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga. Our cyclists came from all three campuses and were able to enjoy a smooth ride to our meeting spot.

We would like to espicially thank the SSU for providing snacks and refreshments and the Region of Peel for sending out their Bike Ambassdors to bike with the Davis and HMC crew.

Hope to see everyone next year at the next Tour de Sheridan! For more photos, please see our facebook page here.

Tour de Sheridan 2017 – Join Us for Sheridan’s First Tri-campus Bike Event This Summer!

We are excited to offer our first tri-campus bike event at Sheridan on July 14!  At this event, you will get a chance to meet and bike with other cyclists in our own community while exploring our neighbourhood. Any Sheridan members, including students, faculty and staff are welcome to join this fun event. Staff members are asked to discuss their participation with their supervisors for approval.

Last year, our first year offering Tour de Sheridan, we had participants from the Trafalgar and HMC campuses meeting at Jack Darling Memorial Park on Lakeshore Rd West. Everyone had a great time. Below was our group shot.

This year, our participants will be leaving in groups from three campuses and meeting at Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga on the event day. This park has a pond and a splash pad.

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Below are the event details:

Date: July 14th (Fri)

Time: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Campus Start Points: In front of “S” at Trafalgar, Davis & HMC

Meet-up Time & Location: 10 a.m. at Lake Aquitaine Park – Splash Pad (behind Meadowvale Community Centre)

Bike Groups departure times as follows:

Davis

Recreation Bike Group: 8:15 a.m.

Road Bike Group: 8:45 a.m.

HMC

Hybrid Bike Group: 8:30 a.m.

Trafalgar

Recreation Bike Group: 8:00 a.m.

Road Bike Group: 8:30 a.m.

*Participants are welcome to leave from home and head for the meet-up location directly.

If you were interested in a bike loan from Community Environment Alliance, please see their form https://goo.gl/fWHpkE    

The bike pick-up times are Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm at their office: 222 Advance Blvd, Brampton, ON L6T 4J2

Prizes:

The first 30 participants who registered and completed the cycling trip will receive a Tour de Sheridan water bottle and a pair of bike lights!

Registration:

Sign up:  click here

If you are under 18, please download and have your parent/guardian sign this waiver. Here

Registration Deadline:

July 12 (Wed)

Let’s stay active and encourage each other to do exercises that promote health and wellness. Hope you can join us!  If you have any questions, please email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca .

                            

 

 

 

To our Trafalgar Campus Cyclists – Thanks for coming out!

Our Bike to Trafalgar event happened on nice and sunny weather.

Our cyclists enjoyed a breakfast bag and were able to pick up some bike bells curteosy of the Town of Oakville.

A sincere thank-you to Chartwells and the Town of Oakville for helping us to promote the lifelong love of cycling!

See everyone at our next tri-campus event, Tour de Sheridan on July 14!