NORTH GRENVILLE – Beginning Thursday, September 24, 2020 North Grenville residents will have access to a community-based COVID-19 assessment centre, located at Bell Hall on Kemptville Campus.

August 28, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement on the new provincial correctional facility to be built in Kemptville: 

Monday, 06 July 2020 13:57

Kemptville Campus Update - July

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its fifth month, activities at the Campus are still pretty quiet. However, work continues, with many organizations’ staff working remotely, while others are on site with limited access. Most on Campus are doing their best to offer their services by phone or online.

Keely Noiles, Project Coordinator for the Ryan’s Well Foundation says that they have been working remotely since March with someone in the office once a week, working on education and clean water projects around the globe. Catered Affairs has been offering a take-out menu for ordering ahead (by phone or email) and curbside pick up. Featuring local produce and fare, these meals are ready to grill or heat and eat.

New on Campus is My Local Markets, a local produce and product delivery service based in one of the Campus buildings. “We made the move into our new home at Kemptville Campus in June, and it couldn't feel more like the right place to be! If a business place could feel like home this is it,” said owner Darlene Collin. “The campus staff have been so wonderful and helpful we are grateful to be included in the Campus vision.” New products are being added every week.

The Campus administration offices are still closed to the public, but staff are reachable via phone and email on the Campus website. For the status of other organizations on Campus, please visit their websites.

Campus Master Plan – The Campus Regeneration Master Plan project was off to a great start in January. Following the Open House public meeting February 10th, online surveys and stakeholder interviews, the consulting team proceeded to the next phase of the project. This has included compiling comments, reviewing background documents and conducting an energy audit of Campus buildings. The arrival of the pandemic in mid-March meant that follow-up meetings and presentations were put on temporary hold, and a revised schedule was developed.

Project lead Paul Hicks, of Re:Public Urbanism, reported that things were taking longer because of Covid-19. “Normally, on a project like this, we’d be meeting as a team, reviewing drawings and plans,” said Hicks. “We haven’t been able to gather round a table – either as a team or with the Campus group – since the beginning of March. Holding virtual meetings helps, but in truth, everything takes longer right now. Our focus continues to be ensuring that the Campus ends up with a great master plan at the end of this process.”

The Building Energy Audit and Background Reports are now complete and have been reviewed by the Campus Board and staff. Once staff and the Board review the Master Plan Report, a draft will be brought forward to the public for feedback later in July. Watch for information about its release. A final report is expected by the end of the summer.

Campus Governance – The Campus Board of directors is currently composed of three members: Mayor Nancy Peckford (Chair), Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, and Stéphane Vachon, Business Superintendent for Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). This transition board, along with three staff members, has been managing the operation of the Campus since the Municipality of North Grenville acquired the Campus in 2018.

In the short term, to assist the current Board in Campus decisions, an interim Advisory Committee was established made up of local business people and regional stakeholders. The Committee has met informally (and once virtually) providing input on the Master Plan.

Meanwhile, because the Municipality is the owner of the Campus, Mayor Peckford and Deputy Mayor McManaman asked North Grenville CAO Gary Dyke to seek out a suitable firm to provide guidance on the best governance and administrative structure for the Campus. The consulting firm of StrategyCorp was engaged in May, and began investigating ideal options for Board composition and operational structure.

“We know there is a lot of interest in expanding the Campus Board to reflect the diverse interests within our great community and region,” stated Mayor and Board Chair Nancy Peckford. “The firm’s advice will provide Council with the tools and direction for creating a Board that best suits the needs of the Campus.” Their report is expected later this summer.

Campus Trails – As the heat of summer is upon us, the Campus remains a perfect place to stroll, hike or cycle, as long as physical distancing rules are followed. Besides the grounds and sidewalks surrounding the buildings, the Campus has a network of trails as part of North Grenville’s trail system.

North Grenville Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan has expressed an interest in the Campus Trails, and the idea that they should be better integrated within the North Grenville Trail system. Councillor O’Sullivan is a long-time member of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee, the Municipality’s representative on the Ferguson Forest Centre Board of Directors, and an active hiker herself.

“The Municipality is exploring a number of options regarding the trails,” said Councillor O’Sullivan recently, emphasizing that collaboration and consistency are key. “Ultimately, improved maintenance, classification and signage will mean a better experience for our local residents and visitors alike.”

More information on Campus Trails can be found on the Campus website. https://www.kemptvillecampus.ca/about

Campus Quick Facts:
Total acres occupied by the Campus = 630
Total number of forested acres = 360

Campus Communications: Tom Graham, TD Graham + Associates
Cell: 613-882-3885 E: tdgraham@tdgraham.com

Friday, 01 May 2020 16:44

Kemptville Campus Update

kc pic1As the grounds, trees and shrubs at Kemptville Campus start to come alive with beautiful shades of green, it’s time for an update as to what’s actually happening on the Campus.

Like the rest of North Grenville, most of the organizations, businesses and buildings on the Campus are entering week seven of lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation. School administrators and teachers are working remotely to ensure that students and parents have access to the tools for continuing education in a home setting. Other organizations on Campus are doing their best to offer their services by phone or online. Catered Affairs now offers a wonderful menu for ordering ahead (by phone or email) and curbside pick up. The Campus administration offices are closed to the public, but staff are reachable via phone and email on the Campus website. For the status of other organizations on Campus, please visit their websites.

The entire community was disappointed to learn recently of the necessary cancellation of Kemptville Live Music Festival, planned for this July on the Campus grounds. “North Grenville’s flagship entertainment event was expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to our community,” said Campus Board Chair and Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We fully understand that Kemptville Live organizers had no choice but to make this difficult decision and we look forward to a great lineup in 2021.”

Here’s an update on some other specific details around the Campus.

On Campus – Although most of the buildings are closed, spring maintenance continues around the Campus, with landscaping contractors sweeping the roads and walkways and cleaning up after winter. At this time, the Campus is a perfect place to stroll, hike or cycle, as long as physical distancing rules are followed. Besides the grounds and sidewalks surrounding the buildings, the Campus has a network of trails as part of North Grenville’s trail system.

“The trails on the Campus are open to the public,” said Board Member and Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman. “Many people don’t realize that they’re here and available. As long as people keep their distance from others.” Trailhead signs have been installed at several locations to guide hikers towards the different options. More information on Campus Trails can be found on the Campus website. https://www.kemptvillecampus.ca/about

kc regen1Campus Master Plan – A consortium of consultant groups – Public Urbanism (Planning, Engagement, Economic Development), Projet Paysage (Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Graphic Design) and CIMA+ (Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Energy Audits) led by Planner Paul Hicks, initiated Master Planning for the Campus in January of this year.

The Master Plan will be providing a conceptual blueprint for:

  • Lands – greenspace, woodlands, wetlands, and cropland
  • Network – traffic, parking, pedestrian walkways, and foot trails
  • Buildings – existing and new (optimal utilization, energy conservation, energy audit)
  • Integrating three pillars – Education and Training, Health and Wellness, and Economic Development.

To date, the consultants have completed the literature review, stakeholder interviews, two public consultations, a meeting with the Campus Advisory Committee, Subject Matter Expert consultations and a building energy audit. With the initial draft now complete, plans are in progress to convene the Advisory Committee (remotely) to share initial findings, and solicit further input before the plan is provided to the Campus Not-for-Profit Board for their review on May 31.

Although the current situation with the global pandemic is creating significant challenges for all, the Campus Board, Administration, and stakeholder communities are excited about the Master Plan outcome and very optimistic about the future of the campus! Stay tuned for more on the Master Plan.

kc greenh1Greenhouses are Now Closed – The Campus Greenhouses got off to a great start over the winter, with members of the public attending an open house in January and signing up for a variety of horticultural and educational programming. Visitors got to explore the three fully accessible and functional greenhouses that make up the AJ Logsdail Centre on Campus Drive. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the greenhouses are now closed to the public.

“Our original plan was to make the greenhouse available to the public and offer a variety of workshops,” said Claude Smith, Horticulturist and volunteer behind the initiative. “We got off to a good start, but hit a bit of a roadblock along the way! We were able to continue the garden workshops already started by offering them online. It went surprisingly well,” said Smith. The plants grown by the participants have already gone to their new homes and some of the vegetables will be donated to the Giving Garden.

The group hopes that by this fall they’ll be able to continue the open house days, winter rental space for houseplants, workshops and educational sessions. Until then, the greenhouses are closed for the summer.

kc maple1Watch for Maple Syrup – Plans were underway to host a public event at the Agroforestry Centre earlier this spring, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Nonetheless, maple syrup experts Frank Heerkins and Peter Wensink were able to harvest a bumper crop of syrup this spring from the Campus sugar bush.


Syrup has been bottled in several sizes and is expected to be available at the B&H Local Grocer and Moose Mart within the next few weeks. Watch for it!

The Agroforestry Centre building is closed to the public, but the trails remain open. For a look at past syrup production at the Centre, check out this video:

Campus Quick Facts:
Total acres occupied by the Campus = 630
Total number of forested acres = 360
Acres of maple sugar bush = 18
Number of maple taps = 950
Maple syrup production capacity on Campus, in litres, annually = 1,000

Campus Communications: Tom Graham, TD Graham + Associates
Cell: 613-882-3885 E: tdgraham@tdgraham.com

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:50

Kemptville Campus COVID-19 Statement

Until further notice, the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre - Administration Offices will remain closed to the general public. However, Campus staff will continue to be available via email, phone, and in-person for essential operational activities by appointment only. Campus staff contact information is:

Campus Project Manager Patricia Rémillard
Email: premillard@northgrenville.on.ca
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 418
Cell Phone: 613-360-1956

Campus Coordinator Cheryl deVries
Email: cdevries@northgrenville.on.ca
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 243
Cell Phone: 613-558-3194

Campus Facility Manager Bruce Jackson
Email: bruce.jackson@northgrenville.on.ca
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 244
Cell Phone: 613-802-0965

For information regarding Campus Tenants' operations - please go the individual tenant websites.

The Municipality of North Grenville is closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures to help protect the community.
Please visit the North Grenville webpage for updates at www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.

Friday, 14 February 2020 10:43

Crowd Attends Campus Master Plan Open House

A crowd of close to 100 people turned out on Monday evening this week to participate in the Kemptville Campus Master Plan Open House. The attendees included residents, business people, Campus tenants and concerned citizens, including alumni and former instructors at Kemptville College.


The Master Plan process is an opportunity for the community to have its say in the future direction of the Campus. The event was held at the WB George Centre on Campus.

Saturday, 18 January 2020 09:44

Group to Host Open House at Campus Greenhouse

A group of local volunteers will be hosting an Open House at the Kemptville Campus greenhouses Saturday, January 25, from 10am – 2pm. The Greenhouses are located at 75 Campus Drive, in the AJ Logsdail Centre. The public is welcome.

Saturday, 18 January 2020 09:39

Campus Celebrates Forest Certification

The Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre is pleased to announce that the Campus forests have achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certification through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program. The announcement was made Friday at the Campus Agroforestry Centre on Bedell Road.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 12:23

Kemptville Campus – Activity Update

Since Kemptville Campus celebrated its 100 Years of Education Open House at the end of September – hosting close to 300 people – Campus administration has been busy preparing for the future.

Monday, 30 September 2019 15:56

Campus Open House Video

The Kemptville Campus Open House on Saturday 28th September was a big success.

Check out the video.

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Friday, 20 September 2019 17:54

Kemptville Campus Open House Sat., Sept. 28

Plans for the Open House at Kemptville Campus are in the final stages. The event is a celebration of 100 Years of Education at the Campus and is happening Saturday, September 28, from 10am – 3pm. Opening ceremonies will take place at 11:30 in front of Purvis Hall.

The event is open to the public and will include historical displays, artifacts and photos, open houses at each of the schools, live re-enactments by former College staff, and a free BBQ lunch and anniversary cake. Dignitaries invited include oldest grads and teachers of the College, representatives of the three school boards on Campus, the Kemptville College Foundation and Kemptville College Alumni Association. As well, MPP Steve Clark and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, are expected to attend.

The collection of historic artifacts and photos that were stored at the Kemptville Campus have been shared between the Kemptville College Alumni Association and the Kemptville Campus. Ongoing discussions between Mayor Nancy Peckford, Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, and Alumni representatives led to an agreement of which material would stay on the Campus for historical purposes, and which materials would be transferred to the Alumni.

Une célébration des 100 ans d'éducation sur le campus de Kemptville est prévue pour le samedi 28 septembre 2019 sur le terrain du campus de Kemptville.

Organisées par le campus de Kemptville en partenariat avec la municipalité de North Grenville, les festivités comprendront des démonstrations sur place par des enseignants / étudiants des commissions scolaires du campus, des expositions historiques d'artefacts et de photos, des visites d'édifices éducatifs, des discours commémoratifs et des coupures de ruban par des dignitaires et, bien sûr, un gâteau d’anniversaire pour fêter 100 ans.

A celebration of 100 Years of Education at Kemptville Campus is being planned for Saturday, September 28, 2019, on the grounds of Kemptville Campus.

Hosted by Kemptville Campus in partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville, festivities will include on-site demonstrations by teachers/students from the school boards on Campus, historical displays of artifacts and photos, tours of educational buildings, commemorative speeches and ribbon cutting by dignitaries, and – of course – a birthday cake to celebrate 100 years.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:57

Public Meeting & Discussion Forum

This public meeting was part of a series of meetings initiated by Mayor and Council related to the future of Kemptville Campus.

Une réunion publique et un forum de discussion auront lieu sur le Campus de Kemptville le 27 mai de 18h30 à 20h30, au W.B. George Centre.

Ce sera l'occasion pour le public de connaître d’avantage la façon dont la municipalité de North Grenville oriente les activités concernant le campus depuis que la municipalité a fait l’acquisition de 626 acres de l'ancien Collège de Kemptville en avril 2018.

There will be a Public Meeting & Discussion Forum at Kemptville Campus on May 27, 6:30 – 8:30PM, at the W.B. George Centre.

This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn how the Municipality of North Grenville is guiding current and future activity at the Campus since the municipality acquired 626 acres of the old Kemptville College in April 2018.

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