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BMR Donates to Georgian (Posted On: Tuesday, March 29, 2011)

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Resorts Limited, a pillar of the South Georgian Bay community for more than seven decades, has illustrated its support for the development of the region’s first permanent post secondary education institution in a big way.

The company has donated $100,000 in support of Georgian College’s new John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus.

The generous contribution will help complete the 20,000 square foot building under construction at the intersection of Poplar Side Road and Raglan Street in Collingwood. The campus is scheduled to open in September.

“We believe it is always a very positive step to increase the education and training offerings in a community. The demands placed on the workforce today require an increasingly more complete set of skills in each of us,” said Gordon Canning, Chairman and CEO of Blue Mountain Resort.

Georgian College has been present in South Georgian Bay since 1984 but has operated out of several rented facilities. This permanent campus will allow the college to triple the number of full and part-time students at the current campus as well as offer more programs and services. The first new program will be a General Arts and Sciences certificate and the campus will feature an e-learning lab where students can work toward
University degrees. Barbara Weider, Chair of Georgian’s South Georgian Bay Campaign Cabinet said Blue Mountain Resorts’ contribution is a sign that the community is eager to have a permanent home for higher learning.

“We’re very grateful for this support. This campus will become a driving force for economic and social development in our community. There will be tremendous opportunity for our youth to stay and study in their hometowns, for workers to advance in their careers and for all residents to enjoy having local access to lifelong learning,” said Weider.

Georgian College has set a campaign goal of raising $750,000 from the community in support of the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus. 

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