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Statement Regarding Fight at Brampton Plaza

December 20, 2017

In the wake of a shocking physical altercation that took place at a commercial plaza at Steeles Avenue and McLaughlin Road on December 10, Sheridan continues to share the concern and the determination of the local community to keep Brampton a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

“We care deeply about our neighbourhood and are passionate about this community and the opportunities we help to create,” says Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan. “Since we first opened our doors in 1967, Sheridan has been a committed pillar in the Brampton community. Post-secondary institutions play a key role in developing people, fostering innovation, and providing people with the education they need to secure employment and play meaningful roles as engaged citizens in their communities.   That always has been, and will continue to be, our focus.”

“No evidence exists at this time to suggest that the individuals who recently have been identified as the aggressors in this incident are studying at Sheridan,” adds Preece.  “Regardless, we are eager to work with our local community partners and stakeholders to advance our shared interests in contributing to the health and well-being of this City that we are very proud to call home.”

For its part, Sheridan has myriad supports in place to help all students make a successful transition to post-secondary education and to thrive in their studies.  New students to Sheridan are involved in on boarding and Orientation programs that introduce them to a wide range of supports that are available to help foster their success.  For international students, Sheridan hosts pre-departure Orientations in its largest markets of China and India, with part two unfolding on campus, following students’ arrival. 

Throughout their studies at Sheridan, students have access to peer mentors, student advisement, career counselling, health and counselling services, tutoring, accessible learning support as well as student leadership development opportunities. Sheridan’s International Centre further assists students with cultural and social integration through workshops and advisement services, providing information on study and work permits, offering peer-to-peer support and running social activities to enable students to acclimatize to both Sheridan and its surroundings.

Sheridan’s Centre for Equity and Inclusion further contributes to the creation of an environment that is welcoming and inclusive.  It works to remove barriers, educate our citizens about equity issues and the dignity of all individuals, and ensuring that Sheridan policies meet or exceed all legislative requirements.

“We all have a role to play in fostering the building blocks of a vibrant community – collaboration, unity and a sense of belonging,” says Preece.  “By working together, we can create the important sense of safety, security and connection that underpins our collective well-being.”