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Sheridan Names New Campus in Honour of Mayor McCallion

March 17, 2011

Hazel and JeffSheridan College will name its new Mississauga Campus in honour of Mayor Hazel McCallion. The news was announced at a 90th birthday celebration for the Mayor held on February 12 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.
In making the announcement, Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky, noted the tremendous impact Mayor McCallion has had on the city and the college. “It’s in large part thanks to her vision and determination that we will open a brand new campus in the heart of Mississauga’s city centre this fall,” he said. The Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College will open its doors in September in the City Centre.

Mayor Hazel tripped the light fantastic with Sheridan music theatre students at the birthday celebration which drew almost 1,000 guests. The evening featured tributes from a host of dignitaries and celebrities. Among those speaking were The Hon. Jim Flaherty, MP Whitby-Oshawa and Finance Minister; The Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; The Hon. William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario; and Don Cousens, former Mayor of Markham.

Video tributes from Regis Philbin and Rick Mercer were also presented during the evening. Sheridan students from the Music Theatre-Performance program provided entertainment, while a cross-section of students from the arts, business, community service and technology faculties took part in a special presentation to the Mayor.

At the Mayor’s request, proceeds from the celebration will benefit the new Mississauga campus. Alumni and other Sheridan partners were out in full force in support of the event, including Presenting Sponsor BMO Financial Group and Event Sponsor Bird Construction. During the evening, BMO Financial Group announced the establishment of the new Hazel McCallion Award of Excellence. The award will go to the top student at the new campus who has completed their second year of study. An ongoing supporter of Sheridan students, BMO Financial has a special interest in assisting organizations that promote and encourage learning. "Just as we know that lifelong learning is crucial to the success of our business, we believe that it is also fundamental to the creation of a strong and resilient society," says Ray Lessard, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, BMO Nesbitt Burns. "The Mayor's birthday event was a one time opportunity for us to support an important local initiative which is consistent with one of our primary philanthropic principles," he added.

Thanks to BMO Financial Group and Bird Construction Company, as well as Category Sponsors, Charton Hobbs, Design2Decor Inc., Frischkorn Audiovisual, Mississauga Convention Centre, Somerville Graphics Inc., Westaire Air Conditioning and Heating Limited; and Sheridan Friend, Beakbane Marketing Inc.

Sheridan Names New Campus in Honour of Mayor McCallion

Above Photos

Top: Mayor McCallion with Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky

Bottom: Mayor McCallion’s 90th Birthday Celebration Organizing Committee:
back row l to r: Jeff Zabudsky, Honourary Chair; John Tory; Laurie Williamson; Duncan Hobbs; Ray Lessard; Jim Murray, Chair; Ted Woloshyn; Victor Oh, Douglas Fowles; Ron Duquette. Front row l to r: Lisa Piccolo; Audrey Chiang; Mayor Hazel McCallion; Shelley White. Missing: Jake Dheer; Ron Lenyk; Eileen MacKenzie; Tom McCarthy; David O'Brien; John Rogers