In celebration of Algonquin College’s 50th Anniversary in Ontario, Perth Mayor John Fenik presented an Award of Excellence to the dean of the college’s Perth Campus, Christopher Hahn, at the Town’s Tuesday, Oct. 25 regular Council meeting.
Fenik said the college is “an integral part of the community” which has seen its program offerings increase over the years.
Brittni Blimkie, students’ association director and a student at the college, was on hand for the award presentation. She told Lake 88 that she chose to study the Social Service Worker program at the Perth campus because she loves the sense of community in both the Town of Perth and at the college’s Perth Campus.
“I love Perth—it’s a small community—everybody gets together (and) I find really inspiring, actually,” said Blimkie. “I find not only the college itself to be a community, but also the college comes together with the entire town.”
Dean Hahn told Lake 88 although people tend to think of the construction programs the college offers when they think of Algonquin College’s Perth Campus, the college also offers a number of other programs which contribute a lot to both the Town of Perth and the County of Lanark.
“I believe the college has had an impact in quite a number of areas and people do tend to focus on the construction programs that we have because you can see that,” explained Hahn, citing the dry stone bridge on Mill St. that connects to Stewart Park as an example. “But there are also our other programs.”
Hahn said students in the Social Service Worker program, for example, contribute over 700 hours in the community working at agencies and “doing a lot of good for people” in Lanark County.
He also referenced the Early Childhood Education program which sees students spend 14 weeks working in daycare centres and early learning centres throughout the community.
“So, every program has something to contribute,” said Hahn. “The impact of the campus in the County is quite large when you take it all into account.”