No matter how technology-based the world becomes, some things will just always stay the same. The team at the Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is reminded of this every day with their dependency on modern technology to connect and support their network of over 2800 members. The need to connect to community is classic—being able to do so virtually opens a world of possibilities.
The Kemptville Campus recently received a 2023 Sustainability Star Award from Sustainable Eastern Ontario, an Ottawa-based organization that fosters partnerships and collaboration on sustainability activities. The award recognizes organizations and businesses throughout Eastern Ontario that show leadership at the community level. Awarded annually since 2017, past award winners are a who’s who of leaders on sustainability issues ranging from water quality, sustainable transportation and nature conservation to food security, energy use and sustainability education Kemptville Campus was nominated by Sustainable North Grenville in sustainability efforts as they renew the lands and buildings of the former Kemptville Agricultural College, creating a…
MEDIA RELEASE:Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health UnitNovember 28, 2023 UPDATE: Delay in opening of new Health Unit location in Kemptville The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s new delivery site at the Kemptville Campus has experienced a delay in the renovations and will not be able to open to the public on November 29th as originally promoted. An opening date will be announced when confirmed.
This summer’s pilot project of a community garden on the Kemptville campus not only germinated, but it also sprouted, thrived, bloomed, grew. It was, in the words of Campus Project Manager Leela Ramachandran, “such a runaway success. The people who showed up were really committed and worked collaboratively with the campus staff.”
Kemptville Campus September 28, 2023 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kemptville Campus seeks public input on potential community kitchen facility Kemptville Campus is looking for public input on a potential community kitchen facility. The proposed project would retrofit an existing campus building into a shared kitchen for rent to food businesses, farmers and community groups. The facility would offer multiple workstations and specialized equipment, licensed by Public Health for commercial food processing. The kitchen would also offer training and business incubation for small-scale food producers, residents of Leeds-Grenville and other rural communities. “Our hope is to create an inclusive community space where new…
The Kemptville Campus Community Garden is celebrating the success of its first growing season, and you’re invited! An Open House on September 23rd is an opportunity for the public to visit the garden and learn about the project.
On the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, as the shade of the maples and spruces stretched out across the lawns, Kemptville Campus held its annual general meeting and brought on a change of its Board members.
This year marked a lot of firsts for Kemptville Campus—including it being the first year of many with the Kemptville Minor Football (The Jaguars) playing football on the campus fields! Now that the campus is officially the ‘Home of the Jags’, the community has a beautiful location where they can come together and bond over the importance of health and well-being (one of the Campus pillars), and a lot of fun.
It feels like homecoming night—people greeting each other from across the parking lot, giving each other hugs and buzzing about the summer that is to come.
Speech difficulties can affect all areas of a child’s life, so identifying them early is the key to their learning, social development, and emotional health.
Many people fall in love with forests in autumn when the leaves are colourful and vibrant. However, those in the maple syrup business know that spring is the perfect time to discover the maple sugar bush!
One way to discover the current state of a society is to look at what people are craving from their mealtime experience. Okay—it’s not an exact science, but an interesting perspective to consider.
Just before the first snowfall, we took a walk along Heritage Drive on a bright autumn morning. For Kemptville Campus Facility Manager Bruce Jackson, the beauty of the trees and the fields is still something to notice and appreciate. We can see our breath in the air but the sight of the sun-warmed red brick of these buildings makes you forget about the cold. These buildings have seen a hundred years of mornings.
Where there’s green, there’s new life. This winter, Kemptville Campus has retained horticulturalist Claude Smith to oversee new activity in the campus’ community greenhouses, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be at the centre of it. If you walk through the front door during public opening hours, you’ll get a peek into a few different green-thumb activities and businesses at work inside.
Students get hands-on training in food production in hopes to 'steer our food system in a better direction.'
Kemptville Campus' tenant, Proteins Easy, highlights the power behind biotechnology and how it could be used to help crop yields. This blog breaks down how it can be done, the benefits, and the repercussions!
Kemptville Campus community; tenants, partners, and neighbours—please join us in welcoming two new members to the Campus team!
The Upper Canada District School Board, in partnership with Kemptville Campus, is excited to share that the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development has granted the two organizations close to $1 million in funding that will allow for developments and expansion of programming at the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education trades and apprenticeship training facility on Kemptville Campus.
Kemptville Campus welcomed our newest tenant, the North Grenville Historical Society, to Heritage Hall in April. This blog post offers a glimpse behind the scenes!
Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Municipality of North Grenville and the Kemptville Campus. The MOU sets out the expectations of the Municipality and the Campus Board in relation to matters such as governance, administration, financial responsibility, maintenance, and strategic goals and deliverables. In 2020, the Municipality engaged StrategyCorp to conduct a strategic review regarding the objectives of the Campus as a municipal asset - and to recommend a robust governance model so that Kemptville Campus can deliver on its mandate. The Municipality has been working with the Campus Board, members of which have been appointed throughout…
The Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre has been awarded funding by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program to support a bilingual pilot program in Agri-Food Youth Entrepreneurship. The program will be delivered in partnership with the four school boards operating on campus: Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) – lead partner Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) In the pilot year, 20 young people will be engaged in the program…
The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre have finalized an agreement to lease Purvis Hall. Among other things, the agreement will enable the CECCE to expand the Académie catholique Notre-Dame (ACND), which currently occupies the campus's Gibson Hall and Fraser Hall. Kemptville’s francophone population is growing, so additional space at Purvis Hall will make it possible for ACND to continue growing in step with its vibrant school community and offer more services and activities to students and families in and around Kemptville. Purvis Hall will provide elementary students with a wonderfully…
Thursday, 03 March 2022 11:25

Looking Forward to Maple Weekend

April 2-3, 2022 As in-person gatherings start up again, we've been sprucing up our Agroforestry Centre for upcoming events. Did you know our partners at On the Bend Sugar Shack have 1162 taps over 18 acres in the Peter Wensink Maple Forest Sugarbush on Campus?
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 11:56

COVID Policy Update

On February 23, 2022, the Kemptville Campus board of directors confirmed that the existing Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Verification policy will continue until further notice. The policy applies to staff, volunteers, students, and visitors to campus except in the case where tenants have their own policy. Read the policy on this page or download the document. A COVID screening tool remains available at
NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Having been in my role for five weeks, I’m pleased to share that the Campus has a new point of contact for our tenants, community members, and partners! Melissa Lemay joined the team as Campus Coordinator on Feb. 22. Melissa steps into the vacancy left by Cheryl deVries, who retired from her role in December.
NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Following an extensive search, the Kemptville Campus Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ms. Liz Sutherland will be the new Executive Director of the Campus starting January 10, 2022. Ms. Sutherland succeeds Ms. Pat Remillard, who has been Project Manager since the Campus began to transition from the University of Guelph to the Municipality of North Grenville in 2016.
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 08:44

Kemptville Campus Forest Thinning Update

Forest thinning operations are proceeding as planned on Kemptville Campus, scheduled for the first six weeks of the New Year. These operations will affect several popular trails in the Campus Forest. Residents and students are asked to avoid the affected trails and watch for closure signs at the trailheads.
Thursday, 11 November 2021 15:29

New Video Showcases OYAP Program on Campus

A video featuring the newly launched Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship Training Program has been released recently. Filmed on location in the Power & Equipment Building at Kemptville Campus, the 8-minute video features instructor Anthony MacKay explaining the different modules of the course. The program, delivered by the Upper Canada District School Board, in partnership with Kemptville Campus, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, le Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, and le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, was launched in October at UCDSB’s TR Leger site on Kemptville Campus. The video explains how the…
Thursday, 11 November 2021 13:52

Forest Thinning at Kemptville Campus

This past year, local residents may have witnessed considerable activity in the forests at Kemptville Campus. Activities have included trail improvements, thinning in the sugar bush, new sap pipelines, equipment upgrades in the evaporator house, unveiling of the Peter Wensink Maple Forest, the Fall in Love with Maple event and most importantly the community use of the forest. In keeping with the Vision and Goals of the Campus and the Campus Forest, a thinning operation in the red pine plantations will take place over the next several months. The harvest of forest products will concentrate on thinning over-crowded forest areas…
Two new members have been added to the Board of Directors for Kemptville Campus recently, bringing the total to nine Board members. Earlier in the year, six Board members were selected, as well as Campus Board Chair, Karen Cooper. The two newest members are Graham Pincott and Annie Hillis. Recently, North Grenville Municipal Council approved their appointment to the Board, and at its last meeting the Kemptville Campus Board approved Mr. Pincott’s appointment as Treasurer. Additionally, and following the recommendations of the Strategy Corp. Governance Report, the Board struck two committees, appointing Ms. Hillis to the Governance Committee and Mr.…
Thursday, 30 September 2021 18:07

Tree Removal On Campus

In partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville, Kemptville Campus has hired a professional tree care and consulting company to prune and remove select trees on Campus. Many diseased trees identified by the Campus Forester are being removed, as they have been affected by the invasive disease Emerald Ash Borer (EAB); others as they are damaged, nearing the end of their life cycle or pose a health and safety concern.  This work will begin Monday, October 4, and is expected to continue for several  weeks depending on weather and other factors. To optimize safety, contractors will schedule their work near high-traffic areas such as schools and play yards,…
Thursday, 30 September 2021 18:01

Fall in Love with Maple

The first annual Fall In Love With Maple - North Grenville weekend event was held September 25 and 26, 2021 at the Kemptville Campus - Agroforestry Centre. This event, presented by On The Bend Sugar Shack and the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association in partnership with the Kemptville Campus - Agroforestry Centre is part of a 10-day, province wide campaign running September 25 until October 3 by the OMSPA to encourage exploration of and education about Ontario maple sugar operations.  “We are thrilled to see a local maple event being organized alongside several others across the province,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Due to…
To officially launch the Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship Training Program, the Upper Canada District School Board, in partnership with the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, le Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, and le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, hosted a grand opening today at UCDSB’s TR Leger site on Kemptville Campus. The grand opening and ribbon cutting signified the readiness of the facility to welcome the inaugural OYAP Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship class and was a celebration of the partnerships created and the work that…
Thursday, 19 August 2021 15:34

Forest School for Youngsters on Campus

Another piece of the educational puzzle is unfolding in the woods at Kemptville Campus. North Grenville Cooperative Preschool and Learning Centre (NGCPLC) has been delivering a year-round program for 2 – 12 year olds – and it happens in the forest. The children call it ‘Bear School’. “We are passionate about giving children the opportunity to experience nature and learn while outdoors,” says Katie Weatherhead, RECE, Supervisor. “We are interested in providing children with the opportunity to experience a certified Forest School program while attending Licensed Child Care. The term Bear School was coined by the Preschoolers at our Leahurst…
Friday, 13 August 2021 09:38

Safer Roadways on Campus

Visitors to Kemptville Campus will notice some changes to the roadways and parking lots starting immediately. The objective is to ensure safe pedestrian movement and facilitate vehicular traffic to destinations and parking areas on Campus grounds. An ad hoc working group was formed earlier this year made up of representatives of Campus staff and tenants, school boards, school bus authorities, emergency services and operations personnel from the Municipality of North Grenville, as well as a traffic specialist. The group met several times this summer and made recommendations to the Campus Board at the end of June which have since been…
After a comprehensive search and selection process, a new Board of Directors has been chosen for Kemptville Campus. The new Board – consisting of six new members headed by recently appointed Board Chair Karen Cooper – will be formally elected at the Campus AGM on June 22.   The new Board members succeed Mayor Nancy Peckford, now past Campus Chair, Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman and Stéphane Vachon, of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), who have served as Board members for the last two years. “We are so pleased to extend a warm welcome to these…
Monday, 22 March 2021 10:37

Proteins Easy – New Tenant on Campus

When biotech company Proteins Easy was searching eastern Ontario for greenhouse space for their burgeoning operation, Kemptville Campus came up in their search. “We are really pleased to have discovered the greenhouses at Kemptville Campus,” says company founder and president Illimar Altosaar. “It’s a perfect match for us, for the community; we deal with plants and we’re in the farming community…it’s a match made in heaven.” Proteins Easy is a genetics company developing novel proteins. From the lab to the greenhouse to the farmer’s field, the company looks for ways to enhance and improve value-added proteins using plant-based solutions. “We…
Tuesday, 09 March 2021 10:09

Kemptville Campus Update - March

New Campus Board Chair Announced After an extensive search, North Grenville’s Council has appointed Ms. Karen Cooper as the new Board Chair of the Kemptville Campus.  She will succeed Mayor Nancy Peckford who has served as Chair of the interim Campus Board for the last two years. “On behalf of Council, I wish to congratulate Ms. Cooper in her new role as Board Chair for the Kemptville Campus,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “I am very confident that the Campus will be in good hands under her leadership,” “Ms. Cooper’s expertise in corporate governance and experience on previous boards in our…
NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – After an extensive search, North Grenville’s Council has appointed Ms. Karen Cooper as the new Board Chair of the Kemptville Campus. She will succeed Mayor Nancy Peckford, who has served as Chair of the Interim Campus Board for the last two years.  “On behalf of Council, I wish to congratulate Ms. Cooper in her new role as Board Chair for the Kemptville Campus,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “I am very confident that the Campus will be in good handers under her leadership.” “Ms. Cooper’s expertise in corporate governance and experience on previous boards in our community is an…
Wednesday, 02 December 2020 13:26

Kemptville Campus Update

UCDSB Lease Agreement Signed As an important first step towards establishing the Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship Program announced last month, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) signed a lease agreement with the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre in November. North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, touring the mothballed power and equipment shop — soon to be revived. Photo Credit: Van Dusen, Nation Valley News The training program is set to kick off next Fall, and will build on the existing adult education opportunities established by the UCDSB at the Kemptville Campus, primarily through the T.R. Léger School of Adult, Alternative…
As an important first step towards establishing the Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship Program announced last month, Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre signed a lease agreement with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) today. The training program is set to kick off next Fall, and will build on the existing adult education opportunities established by the UCDSB at the Kemptville Campus, primarily through the T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education. The program is expected to address a growing local and provincial need for skilled trades workers. The Campus was recently approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training…
A select number of secondary school and adult education students will soon have the opportunity at Kemptville Campus to receive focused training for careers in high-demand skilled trades, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today. On behalf of Labour, Training and Skills Development Minister Monte McNaughton, Minister Clark announced the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre has been given approval to provide Level 1 foundational training in the following trades: Truck and Coach Technician Heavy Duty Technician Agricultural Technician The province is providing funding to allow the Campus to offer approximately 20 seats in the programs, said Clark,…
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (NGCAC) in Kemptville will be transitioning to a full assessment and treatment centre while also changing its hours to 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for added convenience. As a full assessment and treatment centre, the NGCAC will provide assessment by a physician, testing, and treatment for respiratory illness, if required. Patients will be able to access the centre on their own if they meet provincial eligibility requirements, and can also be directed there by their family doctor’s office. The NGCAC will continue to be open Monday to Friday but…
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 14:45

Blood Donor Clinic Moved

The Blood Donor Clinic that was to be held on Campus October 5th has been relocated to the Municipal Centre. The clinic will now be held in Suite ABC of the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville ON. The access for all attendees of this function is through the south entrance, which are the doors located at the patio.
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…
Friday, 01 May 2020 16:44

Kemptville Campus Update

As 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…
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.caOffice Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 418 Cell Phone: 613-360-1956 Campus Coordinator Cheryl deVries Email: Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 243 Cell Phone: 613-558-3194 Campus Facility Manager Bruce Jackson Email: Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 244 Cell Phone: 613-802-0965 For information regarding Campus Tenants' operations - please go the individual tenant…
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. View Photos       Open House Presentation     View Video 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…
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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