Chers membres de la communauté universitaire/Dear members of the University community/Boozhoo/Aanii/Kwe kwe,
A non-partisan town-hall meeting of Laurentian students will be held on Tuesday, September 1, at 7 p.m. in the Governors’ Lounge (11th Floor, Parker Building) with Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament for Papineau, as special guest.
This town-hall meeting will be a two-way conversation. On one hand, students will be able to hear Mr. Trudeau’s views on youth service. On the other hand, Trudeau will be seeking students’ input on how young Canadians can become more engaged in the political process, irrespective of their political affiliations.
Food and beverages will be served.
Interested students should confirm their attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Space is limited.
Promoting youth service is part of Laurentian University’s mandate. In the past year, Laurentian awarded a $1,000 leadership scholarship to 161 first-year students. It is one of few universities – if not the only one – to offer a merit-based scholarship in recognition for significant contributions a student made to the school and the community.
About Justin Trudeau:
Justin Trudeau is passionate about engaging young Canadians in politics. Capturing the attention of students from elementary school through to university, he champions liberal values, defending the causes that are dear to his heart, such as the environment and youth empowerment. During the summer of 2006, he chaired the youth taskforce of the Liberal Party Renewal Commission, generating ideas about how to engage more youth politically.
La semaine dernière était fort occupée sur le campus, et les jours à venir seront aussi, au moment où nous nous préparons à accueillir des milliers de nouveaux étudiants. De plus, le ministre fédéral, Tony Clement était de passage lundi pour faire l’annonce d’un investissement de 4,2 millions de dollars au Centre pour l’excellence en innovation minière (CEIM). Le maire John Rodriguez et moi avons eu la chance de remercier le ministre pour cet appui du gouvernement fédéral.
In a private meeting with Minister Clement and his officials, I joined other community leaders from Greater Sudbury in articulating emerging opportunities to promote economic growth in our region. My remarks focused on the merit of following the roadmap put forward in June by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC), of which I am a member. In its Economic Development Strategic Plan for Greater Sudbury 2020 (see http://laurentian.ca/Laurentian/Home/President+Office/Economic+Plan+Sudbury.htm?Laurentian_Lang=en-CA, the GSDC highlights – for the first time – advanced education, research, and innovation as one of five “engines” for growth in Greater Sudbury. Many community leaders spoke favorably about the need for a Laurentian School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury. The President and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Debbi Nicholson, spoke about this project as being the #1 priority for the Chamber.
I have also emphasized the need to ensure fairness between northern institutions in terms of new infrastructure investments by both the federal and provincial governments, as well as the importance for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to find a “made in Ontario solution” to ongoing financial matters causing a disadvantage to some Aboriginal learners.
I look forward to thanking our students for choosing Laurentian to pursue their university studies. I am having breakfast this Friday with some of our students living in residence, and welcoming students more formally on September 8 at the Barrie campus in the morning and on the Sudbury campus in the afternoon. Our collective commitment as faculty, staff, and administrators is to ensure the success of each and every student. We want our students to be successful in completing their programs. We want our graduates to say that their entire educational experience at Laurentian was excellent; that if they could start over they would choose Laurentian; and that they would recommend us without hesitation for the quality of our teaching. This is our collective endeavour as a university community.
As usual, I welcome comments and questions on the topics related above, or any other matter that may be of concern to you. My email is: email@example.com