(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Canadore College’s newest apartment-style residence was filled to capacity when it opened its doors to students last month.
Construction of the new six-storey, 256 bed residence was completed at the end of August to be ready for Canadore students to move in before classes began. All 128 units boast two private bedrooms with a flat screen television, telephone and Internet, as well as a full kitchen.
“With 60 per cent of our students relocating from outside of North Bay, a great many of them rely on our residence accommodations,” said Shawn Chorney, Vice-President of Enrolment Management, Student Services, Marketing and Recruiting. “This is where they come after a long day of class, or being on placement, or even working in the community. Our residences are not a merely home away from home, but rather ‘home’ for our students.”
Chorney says that in reality, students spend two-thirds of their time outside of the classroom, and that student life programming is an integral part of their education. Residence life programs include a variety of community engagement and leadership workshops, general safety and awareness sessions, service learning trips, and living learning communities that are run both by elected student representatives and residence staff.
The newly unveiled building is the third residence complex added to Canadore’s accommodation complement. Altogether there are 600 beds, and each first-year student is guaranteed a spot in residence.
Canadore’s residence staffs a 24-hour assistance program for students experiencing difficulties. Employees are trained in safeTALK, a nationally-recognized suicide prevention and intervention program, and crisis support techniques.
The College was also the first in Canada to integrate the use of a mental health and wellness dog in residence.The three-year-old German Shepherd, Niijii, is an integral part of the College’s student success strategy, helping to create a comfortable atmosphere and assisting students in expressing their emotions, de-escalating high intensity situations and reducing day-to-day stress and anxiety.