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The Seeds of Growth

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It starts with a seed.  Seeds like ideas, can grow into opportunities and become something incredible.  For 19 years, Cathy Cheeranjie has nurtured and pioneered the growth of the Student Development Department at Columbia International College.  As the Head of Student Development, Cathy has been able to see programs grow and provide students with an enriching experience outside of the…

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Inspiration From Education

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For 15 years, Heather Tremble worked in the business community when she decided to embark on a new journey towards the educational world.  Heather has found great joy teaching in the classroom as the Business Teacher at Columbia International College (CIC). Heather succeeded in obtaining a university degree and several other degrees including her MBA and her Master’s degree in…

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Helping the CIC Community

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All the way from the City of Medellin in Colombia, Vanessa Restrepo recounts her growth from coming to Canada at the age of 19 to working hard to get to where she is today as the Security Supervisor at Columbia International College. In April of 2006, Vanessa came to Canada and was greatly impacted but notes that it was all…

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The Joy in Cooking For Others

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The internationally recognized and award-winning chef, Steven Khor is Columbia International College’s Executive Chef.  For six years Steven has managed the dietary needs of students at Columbia International College.  With CIC being so diverse, Steven understands the magnitude in planning the menus and ensuring that the meals served are nutritional, delicious and well-balanced for the students of CIC. Steven found…

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A Journey Across the World

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When Pauline Olthof-Youn went to teacher’s college at Niagara University over 20 years ago, she would have never imagined she would have such a cultured and a rich adventure in teaching.  Pauline is not only the English Teacher at Columbia International College but is also a published writer on Teaching Kids News website.  Pauline reflects on her teaching career for…

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A Blossoming Future

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As the Manager of Admissions at CIC, Marina Rosas is responsible for ensuring that student’s admission requirements and questions are all properly mannered and answered.  With thousands of applications every year, Marina is a leader in ensuring her team is prepared in receiving applications and providing the proper tools and information to students and their families to transition to CIC…

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Jazzing up the CIC Community

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One of the main focuses of music education is to encourage students to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with others.  As a music teacher, James Lawlis understands this concept as he’s been teaching his students self-discipline, dedication, teamwork and self-confidence for 16 years. James Lawlis’ musical journey began in London, Ontario where he lived there for the…

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It’s Not What We Do, It’s How We Do It: The Story of Bill Ironside

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To be a Principal for a school is an incredible experience and it is a great responsibility to be one of the leaders for Columbia International College.  For Bill Ironside, he’s been working in the education sector for almost 32 years! Meet Bill Ironside from Collingwood, Ontario.  Bill has had the privilege of teaching and being the Principal in different…

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