Items filtered by date: August 2021
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, to be completed between 3 - 7:00pm.
In 2022, the Campus will be working towards a Campus-wide tree replanting program to replace those trees removed.
For more information, please contact:
Bruce Jackson, Facilities Manager
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 244
Cell Phone: 613-802-0965
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 the COVID pandemic, we were unable to make it happen before now.”
Guided Tours, Live Music and Syrup Demonstrations
Over 600 people came out to see the evaporator in operation, enjoy the glorious maple colours, live music, and walk the trails with professionally guided forest tours. Maple products produced from the Campus Forest were available for sale on site during the event. A pancake breakfast was hosted by the Knights of Columbus 5333 to support the local food bank.
About the Agroforestry Centre
The 18-acre Kemptville Campus sugarbush is part of the larger 360-acre Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®) certified Kemptville Campus woodlot. On Sunday, September 26th, a dedication ceremony was held to rename the maple forest in honour of the late Peter Wensink, former Kemptville Campus forester.
“The Agroforestry Centre at the Kemptville Campus is a wonderful space to celebrate all things maple with the leadership of Frank Heerkens, local maple syrup producer. We highly encourage members of our community to come out and enjoy a wonderful weekend outdoors surrounded by the glorious fall colours,” added Karen Cooper, Chair of Kemptville Campus.
For more on the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association Fall in Love With Maple Weekend visit: www.ontariomaple.com/fall-in-love-with-maple/
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 has happened to make this program and training facility become a reality.
The Honourable Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Parliamentary Assistant Deepak Anand on behalf the Honourable Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development were both in attendance and gave remarks, in addition to North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford and UCDSB Chair John McAllister.
“The UCDSB remains an avid believer in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that align with our mission to prepare students for a successful life,” said UCDSB Chair John McAllister. “This program emulates that belief and we’re so excited to now see it in action.”
The Level 1 Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Apprenticeship program provides the basics for in-class and practical learning for three motive power trades: Agricultural Equipment Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, and Truck and Coach Technician. The course provides students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge through in-class learning and with practical experiences that are specific to these related careers.
This program has been made available to qualified students enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) or students who are working toward completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and interested in completing a co-op or enroll in OYAP. The program has full registration with 20 students enrolled from the four participating school boards.
“Establishing this program has been a true collaborative effort among all local school boards and Kemptville Campus. We look forward to supporting the learning of this first group of apprentices and to expanding opportunities for apprenticeship training at this site in the future,” said UCDSB Superintendent of Schools Susan Rutters. “Supporting our youth to become skilled tradespeople here in Eastern Ontario for meaningful prospective careers within our local workforce is our privilege.”
With the first day of class beginning on Tuesday, October 12, this high-value training program 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, and address a growing local and provincial need for skilled trades workers.
“I am so pleased to recognize the innovation and collaboration that has allowed for this fantastic opportunity in North Grenville,” said Clark. “We know from the industry that early exposure to apprenticeships at the high school level generates greater interest and higher number of apprenticeship registrations and completions.”
To learn more about the Level Commercial Vehicle and Equipment Apprenticeship Program, please visit the T.R. Leger Website.
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Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board