Student and employee outreach

Embracing true double blue spirit, our students and employees are using their skills, knowledge and connections to make contributions to local communities and beyond. Learn more below.

Tammy Datars, Manager of Sheridan's Health Centres

Tammy Datars

The Manager of Sheridan's Health Centres has been working 12-hour shifts on the weekend in the Emergency Room at Trillium Hospital.

Sheridan professor John Wang

John Wang

A professor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, John is organizing a group of sewers making masks for distribution in his community.

Sheridan alumna and student adviser Mary-Catherine Huston

Mary-Catherine Huston

With a 3D printer at home, the Student Adviser and Sheridan Social Worker alumna is printing PPE parts for donation.

To support students financial concerns during the unprecedented circumstances precipitated by the pandemic, a COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary was launched in April 2020.

More than 190 Sheridan alumni, employees and partners generously contributed funds, which were distributed to students in immediate need.

Virtual telethon raises funds for the arts

Places, Please, a 24-hour virtual telethon spearheaded by Sheridan Canadian Music Theatre Project Producing Artistic Director, Michael Rubinoff (pictured top left), raised more than $41,000 in support of members of the entertainment industry impacted by COVID-19.

Notable guests included multiple Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Andrea Martin; David Hein and Irene Sankoff, writers of the Rubinoff-conceived international hit musical Come From Away; Louise Pitre; Canada’s first lady of musical theatre; veteran actor Thom Allison; Broadway stars Petrina Bromley and Astrid Van Wieren; and Canadian Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Trish Lindstrom.

Without access to campus computer labs and learning commons spaces, a Loaner Laptop program was launched to support students with their remote studies. Some employees generously opted to use their personal laptops to free up their work device for students in need.

A team at Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies is using its cutting-edge equipment to fabricate two types of face shields.

The reusable shields, as well as boxes of ear-savers for use with medical masks, are being donated to local hospitals and long-term care homes in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. These efforts are made possible in part by financial support from FedDev Ontario's SONAMI network, of which Sheridan is a member, and designs from the Toronto Emergency Device Accelerator and local clinicians.

Sheridan and Coca-Cola partnership helps small businesses

Our Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) and Coca-Cola Canada mark the launch of a partnership that addresses the needs of small, independently owned businesses looking to improve the consumer confidence in their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using state-of-the-art equipment at CAMDT - one of Sheridan's six research and incubation centres - a team has rapidly fabricated protective countertop shields for distribution to businesses in need across Ontario.

Supplying food bank volunteers across Canada with face shields

After identifying an increased need for personal protective equipment for food bank volunteers across the country, Coke Canada Bottling has collaborated with Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) to design, develop, and manufacture 500 face shields to be distributed to food banks across the country. The shields provide an added layer of protection for volunteers who work tirelessly in support of Canadians in need.

Face shield designed by Sheridan staff being donated to Food Banks Canada volunteers

Early Childhood Education professor and long-time advocate Monica Lysack has been lending her voice and experience to the call for the federal government's prioritization of childcare in Canada's economic recovery. She's been featured in various published articles.

Donations made to local food banks

Donations to the Sheridan Student Union's Food First bins around campus were collected and distributed to local organizations in need. The Safety and Security Operations team coordinated the distribution of these food items to Knights Table in Region of Peel and Fareshare Food Bank in the Town of Oakville.

Sheridan Child Care Centre teacher and ECE alumna keeps pre-schoolers engaged online

With Sheridan's Child Care Centres temporarily closed during the pandemic, ECE instructor and Sheridan alumna Michelle Candaleria has been sharing engaging videos on YouTube aimed at Sheridan's youngest learners. Her songs and activities have been well-received by parents looking to entertain their little ones while working from home and keeps kids connected to the Sheridan child care community.

Staff share their expertise for local library workshops

Upskilling during the pandemic has become increasingly important with its negative impact on the workforce. Sandra Shoufani, CAPS Liaison Librarian, along with Melina Elia, Employment Consultant, delivered two resume clinics in collaboration with Oakville Public Library. Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian, Kathleen Oakey, worked with Brampton Public Library to deliver a workshop titled, “How to Research Just About Anything” as part of its Adulting 101 series.

Community Gardens yield veggies for donation

Although employees and students couldn’t participate in Sheridan's Community Garden initiative this year, a small but dedicated team of volunteers was busy tending to the plots. Since early spring, they've planted, grown, and harvested vegetables including beets, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, zucchini, beans, and Swiss chard for donation to assist those in need through the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville and Brampton Regeneration Outreach in Brampton.

Pictured (from top left, clockwise): Sheridan employees Harsh Thakkar, Sadie Kirby, Kimberley Haney, Anna Pautler, Susan Montgomery, and Melina Elia. Not pictured: Lorina Harvey (student) and Nathan Nettleton.

"I continue to be inspired by the creativity, ingenuity and compassion that personifies our Sheridan community. This pandemic is bigger than any of us; I am more certain than ever that harnessing our collective capacity and demonstrating compassion are the keys to navigating this uncharted territory successfully. "
Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan's President and Vice Chancellor

PPE supplies donated

Approximately $52,000 worth of PPE from Sheridan's Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies and Faculty of Applied Science and Technology programs in Brampton was donated to Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga and William Ostler Health System in Brampton for distribution to front-line workers.

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.