Columbia Acknowledged for Ensuring Student Safety and Wellness

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On January 13th, 2018, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto held a forum on Chinese students’ safety and wellness in Canada. Columbia International College, The University of Toronto, and a select educational associations were acknowledged for their tremendous contributions to ensure students’ overall health and safety.

Zhuang Yaodong, the acting Chinese Consul General in Toronto, said there are 80,000 Chinese students in Ontario and Manitoba and some have encountered safety and mental health issues.

He cautioned that 2017 saw a rise in scams targeting Chinese students and many victims have suffered economic losses and psychological impact.

Mr. Clement Chan (right) , Executive Director of Columbia Intentional College, received a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mr. Zhuang and delivered an address on how Columbia has been helping numerous young students grow up in a safe and healthy environment since 1979.

Mr. Chan said: “Different from domestic students, international students do not have a home to return to after school. Therefore, schools which offer only academic programs are not providing sufficient services to care for them.”

“Remember, the young students are not coming to Canada just to study, they are here to grow up with us. ”

Mr. Chan stressed that young students need support and guidance in a holistic way — caring services to support their Academic, Social, Emotional and Physical (ASEP) needs.

Columbia has been looking after students with its unique ASEP Total Care Education System® for almost 40 years. It has grown to become North America’s largest boarding high school.

University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Students Took The Stage At Cedar Talent Show

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Columbia’s Cedar Campus held its annual Talent Show on Nov 29th. ESL and Junior Middle School performers took the stage and showcased great singing, dancing and instrumental performance skills.

The event drew a full house to the auditorium which was decorated with Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.  Even “Santa Claus” was invited to watch the show and hand out treats to the audience!

We’re impressed with the abundance of talents that we have at CIC. Thumbs up!  Keep up the great job.

Here’s the Talent Show program list and photo album:

  • Piano by Adina
  • Singing (Chinese) by Barry
  • Guitar by Tomas
  • Sing (Russian) by Aidana
  • Dance Solo by Maria
  • Singing (English) by Jasmine
  • Singing (Cantonese) by Arron
  • Dance by JMS boys
  • Singing (French) by Noe
  • Singing & Guitar by Arron (JMS)
  • Singing (English) by Aidana & Noe
  • Group Dance by Latin group


Our team building outing at Bark Lake

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On November 2nd, The Bark Lake Programs Team created a full day schedule suited to our objective and the group size of the operations team at CIC . The team was encouraged to work outside of our comfort zone when collaborating in smaller groups. We had the opportunity to have some friendly competition when we took part in the Bark Lake Scavenger Hunt. Teams needed to strategize in order to earn the most points before time was up.

It was a great way to use each other’s strengths and reconnect with colleagues whom we don’t normally have the chance to work so closely with. As a Manager, it was an eye opening experience to see so many paths we can take, which all bring us to reach the common target. The team building event helped to create an awareness that all members in all roles are important and required to accomplish our goals. Having visited Bark Lake numerous times in the past, this was a great way to come together and see Bark Lake’s site in a different light.

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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ESL Students Awarded for Hard Work and Character

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At Columbia, we honor students who excel in both academics and character building. At the ESL award ceremony held today (November 8), over ten students were recognized for earning top marks in ESL courses and showing positive character traits.

The award recipients were:

  • Kovaleva Dariia for achieving 1st place in ESLEO
  • An Yuting for achieving 1st place in ESLCO
  • Cheng Zixuan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Kuanysh Sultan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Wu Qiutong for displaying responsibility
  • Zhang Zehong  for displaying care
  • Lyu Yingwei, Tan Xinyi and Zhu Mini for displaying perseverance
  • Kuanysh Sultan, Dai Yu, Gui Luofei, Haisoa Hsu-Ching and Tan Wenxu for displaying caring

Columbia Principal Steve Saunders, Vice Principal Nancy Baker and ESL Department Head Jeremy Galea handed out certificates to the recipients and encouraged them achieve greater achievements.

Congratulations to all the award winners! Well done and keep up the great work!

Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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University Tours for Students!

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University tours in October provided by Columbia!

The University Placement Office (UPO), will be offering University Tours to their students for the month of October.  The tours will be taking place at different University campuses every week.

Students will have the great opportunity to tour the following Universities this month:
  • University of Toronto (U of T) St. George Campus on Saturday October 21st (Deadline: October 13)
  • U of T Mississauga Campus on Sunday October 22nd (Deadline: October 13)
  • McMaster University on Saturday October 28th (Deadline: October 20)
What Programs do each University offer?
  • U of T St. George Campus: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • U of T Mississauga Campus: Faculty of Health Sciences
  • McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Science, and the school of Graduate Studies.
Benefits of receiving a tour:

University tours are beneficial for all students because it is a great way to see what programs the students are interested in.  With these tours, students also envision their future as a post-secondary student in their preferred University.  While on tour. students are always encouraged to ask questions regarding any specific programs or curriculum requirements.

How to sign up for a tour:

All University Tours requires a 10 dollar fee to be paid to the UPO.  Students must also sign up for these tours before the appropriate deadline.  All tours are a first come first serve basis, so it is encouraged to sign up for tours as early as possible.

All students who find themselves to be interested in the above Universities and faculties are encouraged to attend the tours to seek more information.  Students are always welcome to visit the UPO for additional information or questions regarding future University placement.

JMS Students at Bark Lake

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JMS Students experience Bark Lake October 14 – 18

15 Junior Middle School (JMS) students had the opportunity to stay at Bark Lake. a 700 acre leadership and conference center located in Irondale, Ontario.

The purpose of their 5 day, 4 night stay at Bark Lake, was to take their existing curriculum and transform it into an unforgettable outdoor learning experience.  JMS students took full advantage of this opportunity by participating in activities led by Bark Lake staff such as:  low ropes, archery, voyager canoeing, survival games, fur traders, photo orienteering, arts and crafts, night hikes, wolf howl, project wild, and campfire activities.

The students also had specific classroom learning taught by CIC staff, Mr. Varela, where they learned about the Canadian voyagers and how they traded goods such as furs.  JMS students also learned how to be good environmental stewards, and the responsibilities of taking care of their natural surroundings.

A foggy morning at canoe beach. Photo taken by Jennifer Kerr

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Live video – Celebrating the graduates of December 2016

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Welcome parents, teachers, friends, and families.

Our warmest congratulations to the class of December 2016!

Join us at 11:00am EDT through a live stream of the event.

The video will be available a few minutes prior to the start of the ceremony at the following link:

See you soon!