Police Foundations grads team up to provide food to people experiencing homelessness
A group of recent grads have joined forces to bring hot meals to people experiencing homelessness in the Greater Toronto Area who are often disproportionately affected by the pandemic. To date, 50 Buns as they call their group, has provided more than 500 meals to those in need.
Ben Weeks (Illustration ’03) is one of 13 illustrators to contribute to ABC Stay Home With Me – an alphabet book designed to be fun for parents to read with young children while being relevant to the current global pandemic. Each spread was illustrated by a Canadian illustrator, with all proceeds going towards The Home Front – a Toronto-based organization dedicated to helping frontline workers.
Renowned fashion designer Lesley Hampton (Art and Art History '15) is sewing masks for Covergalls Workwear - a leading manufacturer of workwear for women that aims to inspire, encourage and equip women breaking barriers in non-traditional roles. Covergalls has linked with the Ontario Mining Association to create masks for its workers.
Darcy Smith (Film & Television ’14) self-published a children’s book to help children understand why it’s important to social distance. All proceeds from sales of Bree the Bunny are going towards Toronto Food Banks.
Virox Technologies President and CEO, Randy Pilon - the namesake of Sheridan's Pilon School of Business - has been leading the company's increase in production of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP), a disinfectant that quickly kills the coronavirus.
“We are going through difficult times and we need to be kind to each other more than ever.”
Anu Raina, Owner of Anu Raina Designs (Craft and Design '10)
From the front lines: Nursing alumni share their experiences
Practical Nursing grads share, in their own words, what they’ve experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how their roles have changed over the past six months.
Resiliency poster sales go to mental health services
Freelance illustrator Dave Murray (Illustration '09) has linked with ONTogether Org – a Toronto-based not-for-profit dedicated to raising funds for mental health and social service programs across Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. Murray designed 10 prints to be sold as part of ONTogether’s Resiliency Poster campaign, with 100% of proceeds going towards supporting programs for Canadians struggling with mental health during COVID-19.
To lift people's spirits during uncertain times, Illustration ('97) grad Ellie Arscott created a stop motion-animated video with a message to be kind and spread love. “Our love for each other hasn’t gone anywhere,” reads the video. “Don’t forget our roots run deep. We will always find a way to connect.”
Supporting international students
Shivam Bansal (Electronics Engineering '15) and his wife recently launched Jeevan Impex Inc. – new wholesale food distribution company serving primarily independent grocers and restaurants. When the pandemic hit, Shivam worked closely with Sheridan to coordinate the donation of 350 one-litre cartons of milk to a food bank close to Sheridan’s Mississauga campus. He’s also donated 42 cases of instant noodles – a student staple. Shivam is among several alumni who’ve found heartwarming and generous ways to give back during the pandemic.
Henry A. Piworowicz (Business ’79) serves as Managing Partner with North America’s Transportation Service (NATS). Throughout the pandemic, NATS has arranged the transportation of PPE equipment and raw materials to make face masks for front line workers.
Hargurdeep Singh (Mechanical Engineering Design and Drafting Technology ’15), is using a 3D printer to create face shields to protect health workers, and sharing his design with others. He personally delivered 200 of the products to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in April. As director of additive manufacturing for Toronto-based CAD Microsolutions, Singh is searching for new ways opportunities to showcase how 3D printing expertise can help during the crisis.
At Wilcox Bodies Ltd, where David Dick (Law & Security ’94) is vice-president, the team has shifted from ground support equipment for the airline industry to manufacture vehicles to clean and disinfect indoor and outdoor spaces, and medical products like mobile medical equipment tables, dirty linen carts, face shields and collapsible patient beds.
“It is a call you cannot ignore. Together we are strong.”
Mary-Catherine Huston, Social Service Worker ('09) and Sheridan Student Advisor
Hearts for healthcare heroes
Kingston Glass Gallery, owned by Craft & Design alums (Glass '06) Alexi Hunter and Mariel Waddel Hunter, held a campaign to support Kingston’s healthcare workers. Kingston Glass Gallery raised $7,500 through the sale of beautiful glass hearts, which were delivered to Kingston front line workers with a message of support. The proceeds assisted in the purchasing of materials needed to create locally-made masks for frontline workers
Education outside the classroom during the pandemic
While schools may be closed across the country, many Sheridan educators and alumni are working to make sure kids at home still have access to activies and learning tools.
If you're part of the Sheridan community and going above and beyond to help others during the pandemic or if have a question about one of the initiatives in this publication, please get in touch.