Our Expanding Community

2011-2012 Issue 1

“Learning creates such great pleasure throughout your life. It’s an ongoing daily and lifelong process.”
– Herménégilde Chiasson



Welcome to our Community issue. Years ago, a community issue would have focused primarily on events and activities taking place at 688 Sherbrooke Street West. Today, thanks to the increasing connectedness of the world, as well as through many expanding local initiatives, we have been seizing opportunities to reach new communities of learners, teachers and partners, wherever they are. This issue high lights that blossoming growth.

For example, we are connecting with learners in China, where our team travelled recently on behalf of McGill to discuss partnerships with various Chinese organizations and institutions. Locally, this summer we hosted 66 students from four of the top Japanese universities for a specially tailored intensive English immersion program.

Another team has just set up an impressive partnership in Saudi Arabia, where our program coordination, training and second- language teaching expertise have been tapped to lead a year-long 1,000-student program in Jubail Industrial City.

Within McGill, we will be reaching an entirely new community of students through our recently opened McGill Writing Centre, an exciting initiative designed to help bolster all forms of written communication, through courses, workshops, tutoring and online support, at the university and beyond.

Part of nourishing a learning community includes regularly acknowledging individuals who, through their commitment and drive, inspire their students and peers to greater successes. In that spirit, we presented Raad Jassim and Éric Dupont with the Award for Distinguished Teaching at Spring Convocation.

Also at Convocation, McGill bestowed on Herménégilde Chiasson, a multi-talented artist and the former Lieutenant- Governor of New Brunswick, an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished individual in our community. Like us, he embraces the notion of lifelong learning as a crucial part of everyone’s success and happiness.

Another inspiring individual in our community, Paul Lévesque, credits the skills he learned while earning our Diploma in Management with helping him succeed in the upper echelons of business. He is currently the president of Pfizer Canada, one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in the country.

As our career and professional development offerings continue to expand – including more than 40 new workshops and training seminars this year – we look forward to nurturing new students who, like Paul Lévesque, may one day lead companies and organizations.

Finally, I invite you to participate fully in the School of Continuing Studies to experience first-hand the myriad benefits of lifelong learning in a truly vibrant community of committed and dynamic teachers, learners, support staff, partners and alumni.

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