“Day in the Life” Video Winner

(l-r) Christina White-Prosser, Program Director; Katrina vanPreuss, Massage Therapy student; Donna Palmer, Program Administrator

Did you know that Continuing Education has several full-time programs such as Massage Therapy, Personal Fitness Trainer, Funeral Director and Embalmer, and Education Assistant?

Many people don’t. In order to get the word out, the program administrators held a video contest this spring for their full-time students, challenging them to describe a day in their life at MRU. Who better to let prospective students know what the program is like?

Katrina vanPreuss, a first-year Massage Therapy student, was the winner. She received an iPad.

“I would have liked to know this kind of info when I was applying for the program,” she said.

Check out Katrina’s winning video here:

Congratulations, Katrina, and good luck in your second year!

Announcing New Programs for Fall 2013


Three times a year we get the chance to introduce new Continuing Education programs. Although this may seem standard to some, this is the time when we get to see our hard work come to life.

Even though the leaves have only just opened, with Fall 2013 registration open as of Monday, June 10, we now have the opportunity to show you all the new programs and courses we’ve been working on over the past few months.

In order to ensure we are offering programs that industries require and that meet the current training and professional development needs of the community, our programming staff work closely with industry partners and advisory committees. We are always evaluating and re-evaluating programs and curriculum to make sure they suit the needs of students who come to us to further their careers or learn something new.

Here’s a look at some of the brand new programs in the Fall 2013 calendar:

New programs in Computers:

New programs in Communications:

New program in Oil and Gas:

New online program in Housing and Construction:

  • Canadian Specialist in Accessible Housing – learn about accessible housing needs, accessible design principles and marketing trends

CE Appreciation Night

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Every year the Faculty of Continuing Education holds a special event to express appreciation to our instructors, advisory committees, curriculum partners, students and staff. This year’s event was May 23 in the Ross Glen Hall.

At the reception, string quartet from The Conservatory’s Academy of Gifted Youth: Isabelle Lebeuf-Taylor and Georgia Vogeli, violins, Odelle Ma, viola,
Hannah Wilson, cello.

A reception started off the evening, with an opportunity for everyone to meet, mingle and network. It was followed by an award ceremony recognizing long service instructors and staff, teaching award recipients and scholarship students.

Dean Norma MacIntosh welcomed everyone.
Dean Norma MacIntosh welcomed everyone.
Keynote speaker Garth Roberts, Corporate Training instructor, on the importance of life-long learning.
Certificates were given out at the award ceremony.

Gerry Law, 92, was recognized for Exceptional Service as a founder of the Transitional Vocational Programs who has served on the TVP Advisory Committee for over 30 years. Gerry’s family and friends were there to celebrate with him.

Gerry Law, centre, with Craig Baskett and Norma MacIntosh of MRU (left) and family members.
Gerry Law, centre, with his son Jamie and wife Margaret. Craig Baskett and Norma MacIntosh (left) and Elaine Danelesko (right) of MRU.

Certificates were awarded to recognize over 50 instructors and companies for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. Not all recipients were able to attend the ceremony due to the heavy rain.

5-year certificates: (l-r) Clifton Thornton, Karmen Lippett, Biyi Adeniran (ISSEC Inc.), Riccardo Silvestro
10-year service award: Eric Scott.
10-year certificate: Eric Scott
Cornelia Chang (5-year certificate, Distinguished Teaching Award)

Scholarships (l-r): Carly Piercy (Massage Therapy Entrance Scholarship), Melissa Gerbrandt (Lucy Award, Pat & Stu Gauthier Memorial Scholarship), Sarah Blenkin (TVP Class Valedictorian), Nureen Velji and Murray Fairs (Pat & Stu Gauthier Memorial Scholarship)Eighteen staff members were also commended for 5, 10, 15 and 25 years of service. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized at CE Appreciation – we really do appreciate everything you do to make a difference in our learners’ lives.

by Karen McCarthy