Suzanne Land

Donating to Durham College (DC) was never something Suzanne Land had considered. An alumna of the Accounting – Business program and a current payroll specialist in the Finance Department, DC has been a major part of Suzanne’s life for the better part of a decade.

For Suzanne, a chance encounter with Rick Johnson, a former member of DC’s Board of Governors, planted the seed of giving back to the college in 2016. Already donating her time regularly to causes within her community, she and Rick both met while volunteering. As they got to talking, she learned more about the soon- to-be-announced Building Something Amazing campaign, which would replace the aged Simcoe building with the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), a state-of-the-art learning environment where students, employees and the broader community work together in ways that transcend traditional concepts of education.

Inspired by how the CFCE would enhance the student experience and excited about the future of the college, Suzanne decided to reach out to the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to find out how she could support the new building. A short while later, quite fittingly, Suzanne became one of the campaign’s first payroll- deduction donors.

“I grew up in the Durham Region and am passionate about higher education and lifelong learning,” said Suzanne. “I’m an alumna and employee, and hopefully a future DC parent – and with this much already invested in DC, I want to further support the institution so that it continues to help future generations succeed.”

Fast forward a few years, Suzanne is planning to donate again – this time reaching out to support an initiative closer to her children’s hearts: Esports. With two teenaged sons enthralled by online gaming possibilities, Suzanne’s new gift is contributing to creating a new, innovative and

inclusive community for students – one that


With making a difference in the world as one of its founding commitments, it’s no surprise that on-demand incentive solutions provider 360insights has continually found ways to support the local and global community since its inception in 2012.

Durham College (DC) is the latest recipient of the company’s generosity and support, having received a significant donation to its Building Something Amazing capital campaign. Funds raised through the campaign are helping replace the Simcoe building with the college’s new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) scheduled to open in fall 2018.

Named honour of the company’s generosity, the 360insights Entrepreneurship Centre will be home to FastStartDC, a program that helps students and youth develop valid business ideas and plans to take their products and services to market quickly and successfully.

It’s a donation that hits close to home for one 360insights employee, who also happens to be a 2012 graduate from the college’s Sport Business Management (graduate certificate) program. Jenny Oldford began working as a data specialist after her graduation from DC and says it’s “very cool” that this donation creates a tie between her employer, alma mater and the broader community.

Given that 360insights actively works to foster innovation, she is really pleased the funds are being used to help build a local community of entrepreneurs and world-class students. “Innovation comes from people who aren’t afraid to take chances. Without it, we wouldn’t have the advances that we do.”

It’s a sentiment shared by 360insight’s founder and CEO Jason Atkins. “At 360insights we believe in living in the possible. This means we strive for excellence free of limitations for both our clients and employees, which is exactly what entrepreneurs do each day. We are thrilled that our donation will support the local community while also helping students and youth transform their limitless ideas into reality.”

As the finishing touches are put in place at the CFCE, the 360insights Entrepreneurial Centre is getting ready to welcome students with big ideas and even bigger ambitions to turn those dreams into reality and you can bet Jenny Oldford and the rest of the 360insights team will be cheering them on!

Durham College Retirees Association

With members from every employee group, who represent every decade since Durham College’s (DC) inception, the DC Retiree Association (DCRA) is filled with past faculty, administrative and support employees who have witnessed the impact of a quality education and the efforts it takes to provide it first hand.

Longstanding supporters of various DC initiatives and campaigns, the association once again stepped up to raise funds for one of the college’s most ambitious and transformative capital projects to- date, the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE). A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the CFCE is replacing the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure in 1969. The new facility will serve as an educational access point for students – and a gateway to campus — while bringing together local, Indigenous and global community groups and members of key business sectors.

After hearing about the CFCE and the Building Something Amazing campaign from DC President Don Lovisa, the DCRA executive set a goal of raising $10,000 for the campaign, reaching out to its members for their support. Through a call to action for individual pledges and a donation on behalf of the association as a whole, the DCRA and its members not only met the goal, they surpassed it, raising a total of $11,164.

As a testament to the DCRA’s commitment and a thank you to the donors, one of the student lounges within the CFCE will be known as the Durham College Retirees Association Student Lounge.

When asked why the DCRA decided to support the CFCE, Bruce Bunker, president, said, “It’s true DC was our employer, but it is also something that each of us helped to shape into what it is today. While some of our members worked at DC in its infancy and others came later, we all forged our careers and contributed to the college’s mission that the student experience comes first. We may no longer work there but we want to continue to contribute to its growth.”

DC would like to thank the DCRA and following retirees for their generosity:

  • Barry D. Bracken
  • Bruce Bunker
  • Dianne Aru
  • Patricia Andrey-McCormack
  • Jean Jackson
  • Jim and Annabel Anderson
  • Joan Homer
  • John and Judy Robinson
  • Kathy Rhodes
  • Margaret Greenley
  • Mary Guerard (in memory of Susan Sproul)
  • Mike Vatcher
  • Norm and Pat Fenton
  • Patricia Whaley
  • Robert Bryant
  • Tony Day

Three donors chose to remain anonymous.

Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac

Just as Durham College (DC) has been a part of Durham Region for the past five decades, Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac has also been a stalwart of the community since its founding in 1966. Established by W.S (Bill) Nurse, the dealership not only sells and services cars, it is engaged in a culture of philanthropy that has supported multiple charities and organizations throughout the years.

At its helm is Bill’s daughter Mary Nurse, who joined the organization in 1997 and was subsequently approved as the dealer principal for Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. Under her direction the dealership’s physical footprint, operations and chartable giving have grown significantly.

As those changes have taken place, so too has the development at DC. The Nurses moved to Durham Region shortly after the Simcoe Building – the only building on campus – had first opened. Mary, who was a high school guidance counsellor prior to taking over at the dealership, also remembers bringing students to the college’s Oshawa campus for tours.

From those early days onward, she has watched as the college has grown. Through forming its partnership and adding to its shared campus with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, to expanding its Whitby campus, DC has continued to develop its facilities and programs to meet the needs of its students.

Which could not be done without help from private and corporate donors like Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac, whose latest gift is helping to complete construction of the college’s new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE).  

Mary recently joined DC President Don Lovisa, student Annabelle Wilson and Senior Development Officer Jennifer Clark for a tour of the CFCE. Scheduled to open in fall 2018, she was able to see the space, including the classroom that will bear the dealership’s name in honour of their contribution, as well as hear about the services, supports and spaces that will call the CFCE home.

“Being able to tour the project was a wonderful way to bring the impact of our donation to life,” Mary said. “The plans the college has for the space are truly amazing and right on target with the needs of the employment market here in Durham Region. The facilities and training that will be available are truly relevant to the world of work after graduation and will certainly help students prepare for their careers.”

When asked about why Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac chose to financially support the CFCE she noted, “as a dealership we have a number of pillars that we use to evaluate potential donations. Education is one of them and we feel it’s the role of the community to support teaching and learning for the next generation. We had also made a donation towards the construction of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food at the college’s Whitby Campus. Donating to this capital project seemed like the logical next step, one which would benefit both the community at large and DC students.”

A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the CFCE will replace the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969. The new multi-level, 75,000-square-foot-facility will serve as an educational access point for students while bringing together local, Indigenous and global community groups and members of key business sectors.  

Click here to learn more about the programs and services that will call the CFCE home.

Roger Anderson

Roger Anderson, former Region of Durham Chairman and Chief Executive Officer poses with recipients of the Roger Anderson Charity Classic Award at Durham College’s annual Student and Donor Recognition evening in 2016. Hundreds of students have received scholarships and bursaries through his support that have enabled them to succeed and to realize their dream of a post-secondary education.

The Roger Anderson Charity Classic golf tournament has raised over $5.8 million since its inception 19 years ago. Durham College is honoured to be one of the beneficiaries.

Estate of Anne Sabat

Durham College (DC) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) announced a $900,000 donation from the Estate of Anne Sabat. The gift will be shared equally by the two institutions to create scholarships and bursaries for students to pursue post-secondary education.

Ms. Sabat, who passed away in 2015, was a longtime resident of Oshawa whose family built a successful dry goods and retail business after arriving in Canada in the early 1900s. Although Ms. Sabat’s father and mother had little formal education, they strongly believed in its benefits and this commitment was carried on by their children, and in particular Anne, who strongly supported the college and the university.

This generous bequest will create bursaries for graduates from DC’s Centre for Success (CFS) program. The program is a partnership between the college and five local school boards designed to enable in-risk secondary school students to complete their high school academic requirements in a college setting via access to smaller class sizes, flexible schedules and increased one-to-one access to teachers. Approximately $9,000 will be distributed annually to CFS graduates who are in need of financial assistance to continue their post-secondary education. In the event that none of the centre’s graduates meet the eligibility criteria for a given year, funds will be made available to other DC students facing financial hardship to help them continue their education.

W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Durham College (DC) named the Centre for Food (CFF) at the Whitby campus after Mr. W. Galen Weston in recognition of a $1-million grant being made to the college by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation (the Foundation). One of Canada’s most prominent business executives, Mr. W. Galen Weston is a leader in food innovation who has been at the forefront of change in the food retailing and baking industries for more than five decades. From bagging groceries in the supermarket to Executive Chairman of George Weston Limited, he has remained committed to the continued advancement of the food industry through teaching and learning.

Focused on the field-to-fork concept, the CFF opened to students in September 2013. Home to a range of complementary programs, the Centre boasts numerous sustainable features and extensive grounds including an apple orchard, agricultural planting fields and a ramped garden feature with a pollinator garden and two-acre arboretum, providing a teaching and learning environment for students, the local agri-food industry, community organizations and the general public. In addition, the grounds include an unheated hoop house, gardens and greenhouses that support applied learning and research while growing produce for use in the Centre’s kitchens and laboratories. The CFF also features Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, and Pantry, a unique retail store for student-created goods, which are both open to the public. 

Kia Canada Inc.

Kia Canada Inc.’s (Kia) slogan – The Power to Surprise – was in evidence today as the award-winning automotive manufacturer donated a 2014 Kia Cadenza Premium to Durham College’s (DC) School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology.

Representatives from Kia, including Ted Lancaster, vice-president and chief operating officer, were joined by DC President Don Lovisa and DC students and employees at an event held at the college’s Whitby campus to reveal the details of the donation. This includes the importance of community partnerships to both organizations and the value that donations such as this provide in terms of offering students access to hands-on training opportunities using current and in-demand technology and equipment.  

The Cadenza Premium, a fully-equipped sedan rivaling its luxury counterparts, was delivered to the college’s Whitby campus last week. It will serve as an important training tool for students enrolled the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, Motive Power Technician – Service and Management program and the School-College-Work Initiative – Dual Credit and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship.

Alumni Association

The Durham College Alumni Association made a $250,000 commitment to support the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) at the college’s Oshawa campus.

The donation, announced on November 10 at an Alumni Association networking event, is being made over a period of five years. This significant contribution serves to set the pace for the college’s Building Something Amazing fundraising campaign, which will see the college aim to raise $5 million over two years toward the construction of the CFCE. In addition to the association’s commitment to the CFCE, it has also supported the college via several other initiatives over the years including ongoing donations to scholarship and bursary programs, the Building for Our Future and Growing for Our Future capital campaigns and the annual campus holiday food drive.