Algonquin College is teaming up with one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit organizations, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, to enrich the learning experience of its students. The College and CWF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that encourages both organizations to partner whenever possible to promote outdoor education to college students through the sharing of curriculum, resources and subject matter experts.
Algonquin College President, Dr. Kent MacDonald, says there is a lot of synergy between the College’s Outdoor training programs and the CWF’s education and awareness programs. “We are always looking for partnerships that benefit our students and, given the expertise and excellent reputation of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, we are pleased to enter into this joint venture that we anticipate will be very beneficial to both our students and our faculty,” says MacDonald. “Both of our organizations bring significant experience to this agreement and we anticipate the signing of this MOU is the first step toward a long and meaningful relationship that will enrich student learning at Algonquin College.”
The partnership will allow the CWF and College to cross-promote their programs, engage in Applied Research activities, provide more certifications to students concerning conservation and wildlife, and allow for more access to some of the world’s leading experts who study issues that affect wildlife all around the world.
Algonquin College is the first publicly-funded Ontario College to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. “CWF is thrilled to be partnering with Algonquin College. One of CWF’s key focuses is engaging young adults in an appreciation of our natural world. Algonquin’s excellent work in this area, combined with CWF’s education programs, will help to foster this new generation of environmental stewards and ensure the lasting legacy of Canada’s wildlife and wild spaces,” says Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice-President.
The partnership is particularly important to Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus which specializes in outdoor programs such as Forestry Technician, Outdoor Adventure Naturalist, and Environmental Technician. Campus Dean, Karen Davies says collaborating with the CWF will open up a world of learning opportunities for both our students and our faculty. “We have carved a niche within the college system with our outdoor programs and this affiliation with the CWF strengthens our reputation for being leaders in this area. This collaboration can only benefit our students and faculty and continue to position our campus as a destination for outdoor training,” adds Davies.
The MOU signing fittingly took place at the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre, a Centre that is quickly becoming a destination for learning for students of all ages. Algonquin College is one of many educational institutes that utilize the Centre, which includes a botanical walking trail, old growth forest and the newly-constructed Pine Pavilion structure which provided the perfect backdrop for the signing ceremony.
For more information, please contact Jamie Bramburger, Manager, Community and Student Affairs, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley (Pembroke) at email@example.com.