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Sheridan Challenges Students to Create Communities for all Ages

Sep 12, 2012

Sheridan College has issued its annual President’s Creative Challenge focusing on aging

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012
Oakville, ON

Sheridan College has issued its annual President’s Creative Challenge focused on aging and designing inclusive communities for all.

“As someone who has observed the experiences of aging parents and grandparents, I believe that an ideal community is one that allows people to pursue their life’s passions for as long as they desire,” says Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan's President. “An aging population affects every person and program at Sheridan, as well as all Canadians.”

“Aging is a global phenomenon,“ says Pat Spadafora, Director of the Sheridan Elder Research Centre. “By 2016, for the first time in history, more people will be over the age of 65 than under 14. My ideal community is one that provides as many options as possible for people to remain as independent as possible and to continue to grow and contribute to their communities.”

During this year-long initiative, Sheridan College students are invited to propose innovative ideas and solutions that respond to this fundamental change in the make up of our society. It provides a unique opportunity for Sheridan students, faculty, staff and administrators, as well as external businesses and community representatives to examine this demographic shift through a creative lens.

To participate in the challenge as either a mentor from the community or on the Community Advisory Panel, visit or connect with us on Facebook @PresidentsCreativeChallenge for more information

About Sheridan College:

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions dedicated to the provision of outstanding academic programs and the support of student and graduate success. We deliver an exceptional educational experience in an environment renowned for innovation and creativity. Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year degrees in the arts, business, community service and technology fields. Sheridan serves 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.

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