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VATION c e l e b r at i n g p e o p l e a n d a c h i e v e m e n t

Sheridan’s annual Alumni Magazine

Michelle LANE

Unlocking the Doors to Autism

Anne Hartley She’s Got Game


Sheridan Celebrates 40 years

The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is celebrating 40 years of people and achievement. Since 1967, we have created leaders and innovators in the arts, business, community and social services, and technology fields. To celebrate Sheridan’s contribution to the communities we serve, to share our vision of innovation and excellence, you are invited to be part of our BIG PICTURE celebrations!



The BIG PICTURE Gala! October 25, 2007 Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton Our distinguished guest is the honourable William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario and founder of Ontario’s college system.

For detailed information on all our 40th Anniversary BIG PICTURE events call our Big Picture Hotline: 905-845-9430, ext 1240 or visit us online at:

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Calling all Peer Mentors!

October 12, 2007

Somewhere on campus

Sheridan Trafalgar Road Campus Gymnasium

Reconnect at Sheridan’s 1st Annual Peer Mentor Brunch and Reunion.

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October 13, 2007, 11:30 a.m.


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Sheridan turns 40

Alumni Profiles 6 8 10

David Ponting Linda Dalton Michael Therriault

Alumni focus 12

Michelle Lane

Faculty Profiles Managing Editor Carol Hill Senior Editors Susan Atkinson Thomas Poldre Editorial Assistant Jody Maclean Design/Art Direction Stewart Dick Marketing/Advertising Deborah O’Malley Jennifer Clarke Photography Jonathan Bielaski

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Anne Hartley Ted Bangay Brian Lyons Vivien Ludlow

Growth 24

Where Are We Headed?

Giving back 26 28

Student Capital Campaign Opportunity to Learn

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If you have recently moved, please let us know so that we can correct our mailing list. Comments and ideas are always welcome. Drop us a line at Ovation, Alumni Office, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1, 905-845-9430, ext. 2292, If you would like to advertise in Ovation, please contact Deborah O’Malley, Manager of Alumni Relations at 905-815-4078, or Information current as of publication; August 2007. Cover: Michelle Lane




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Welcome to the 40th anniversary edition of Ovation. Anniversaries are traditionally a time for reflection, so we look back in gratitude to the thousands of alumni whose achievements we are proud to celebrate. The contribution of Sheridan graduates can be felt in all sectors – arts, social services, health sciences, business and technology – and Ovation intends to recognize and celebrate those contributions. The Office of Alumni Relations has entered into Sheridan’s 40th year with a focus on building a vibrant alumni community, while fostering pride, fellowship and personal growth. We will feature regular profiles of outstanding alumni on the Sheridan website homepage. And our e-newsletter will continue to land in your inbox each month. The Alumni website has also undergone some changes to help keep you in touch with Sheridan, other alumni, and to provide you with information about programs and services that are relevant to your life. During our anniversary year, we invite you to reflect on all those people whose lives interconnected with yours at Sheridan. Whether they are classmates, teammates or faculty members, their lives are linked to yours. Share your stories, stay connected and come celebrate 40 years of graduate success.

Sharon Aitken Director, Alumni and Annual Giving Email:



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The Sheridan BIG PICTURE:

Celebrating 40 years of People and Achievement

Jim Rogers, a 30-year Sheridan employee and member of Sheridan’s conference and event management team, has a problem with space. Stacked on a trolley outside his Trafalgar Road Campus workstation are boxes upon boxes of photographs – decades worth of memories, thousands of images which reflect the history of Sheridan. Jim’s challenge is the care, cataloguing and scanning of the rich visual archive being created as one of the projects to mark Sheridan’s 40th anniversary. “I just can’t believe how our alumni and staff have responded, and how much material there is,” says Rogers. “There’s a lot of really good stuff that people have dug up… and I get the feeling that we’ve only just scratched the surface. Where am I going to store all of this?” The photographic retrospective is just one initiative to support the celebration of Sheridan’s history as Sheridan officially turns 40 in the fall of 2007. The images will be used in a multimedia presentation showing just how far Sheridan has come, and will be aired at two events to mark the 40th: a major alumni / staff / employee celebration on October 12 at the Oakville Trafalgar Road Campus gymnasium, followed by a black-tie fundraising gala to be held on October 25 in Brampton.

Dozens of approaches were brainstormed. “We needed to find a theme that could get people excited by the promise of a very special gala evening, our own internal party, as well as any number of openings and events planned for 2007 under the 40th anniversary umbrella. That’s how we came up with THE BIG PICTURE.” As with any fortieth birthday party, Sheridan plans to kick up its (collective) heels – which is the objective behind the BIG PICTURE party slated for October 12. A major kick-off to the traditional alumni homecoming weekend, the event will be an informal opportunity to reconnect with old friends – colleagues, faculty and staff alike, while reminiscing about the way we were. Sheridan alumni will play a central role throughout our 40th year celebrations. Distinguished alumni will be highlighted front and centre at all of our 2007 events, as they more than anyone represent the achievements and success that the entire Sheridan community can be proud of.

To unite these and other celebratory activities, a unifying theme was needed to capture the spirit of Sheridan. “It was quite the challenge – express the creativity and innovation of Sheridan in a way that is inclusive to all, celebratory, with enough flexibility to encompass a number of initiatives,” says Tom Poldre, Director of Marketing and Communications.





Then there’s the fundraising potential of Sheridan’s 40th anniversary – and hence the BIG PICTURE Gala. This is the October 25 black-tie event being held at Brampton’s Pearson Convention Centre, featuring a full evening of music, entertainment, awards, art auctions and a recognition of Sheridan successes and contributions over the decades. The decision to hold the event in Brampton was a sentimental one: Brampton was home to Sheridan’s first campus, and also happens to be the home base for the evening’s distinguished guest of honour, Bill Davis – former Ontario premier and architect of Ontario’s college system. Along with recognizing his leadership and innovation, Sheridan will also present Big Picture Awards to innovators from the fields of the arts, business, technology and community services.

Whether it’s on the 12th of October at the Trafalgar Road Campus party or at the black-tie Big Picture Gala on the 25th, a strong alumni turnout will serve as proof of the very real connections that have been formed over Sheridan’s 40 years. In the meantime, Jim Rogers continues to guard the valuable legacy entrusted to him. With so much history, with so much to celebrate, the entire Sheridan community is getting ready… and you are invited to play a major part in our Big Picture. For more details, go to or call us on the BIG PICTURE hotline: 905-845-9430, ext. 1240.



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The Ultimate Power of Persuasion

David Ponting

It’s well known that Sheridan’s business programs prepare graduates for a variety of career options, but the priesthood is not the first that comes to mind. So how did Dave Ponting, Business Marketing ’74, end up as the Reverend Ponting of Grace Anglican Church in Brantford? It didn’t happen overnight. After graduation, Dave had a very successful career in the marketing departments of several large multinational consumer packaged goods companies including Nestlé, Noxell, and Crayola Crayons, where he was National Marketing Manager. He also spent four years in senior account management with McCann Erickson Advertising. “I was intellectually stimulated, but didn’t feel as passionate about my work as I should have,” says Ponting, reflecting on his former corporate life. “I remember one particular meeting at the agency during which the President of Colgate-Palmolive asked me a question. I had been daydreaming and didn’t hear him. Driving home that night, I realized that, with 30 more years of working life ahead of me, I had better find something I could feel passionate about.” Fortunately, the answer was close at hand. With a long record of close involvement in his church, Dave had often thought about studying theology. His moment of awakening in the boardroom spurred him on to pursue his Masters of Divinity degree part-time at the University of Toronto. Several years later, he left the corporate world behind and accepted his first post as rector of a small parish on the shores of Lake Erie. Far from being a scary process, the transition from marketing executive to parish priest fit like a glove, says Ponting. “That’s how I knew I made the right decision,” he recalls. “If it feels right, you’ve likely found your passion. We think we know ourselves but often we don’t. In the second half of life I have learned to Iisten to my inner stirrings. My faith teaches me that my deepest desires come from God.”

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The marketing skills and acumen he picked up at Sheridan and nurtured during his ‘first’ career have also proved to be useful in his new life. In fact, marketing is becoming increasingly vital to the operations of any parish church, says Ponting. “The church has long been accused of not being relevant. So to be relevant, we must do our due diligence, apply the principles of consumer research and make the effort to understand our people. That’s just smart marketing. We must ensure we understand those seekers we are trying to reach.” Recognizing Ponting’s added value as a marketing expert, his new employer appointed him Director of Stewardship and Financial Development for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara in 1999. Ponting led a successful campaign to raise $8 million. He also shared his talents in “From Scarcity to Abundance,” a theological and practical guide to fundraising for Canadian churches, published in 2005. That was also the year he returned to parish work, as senior priest of Grace Anglican Church in Brantford where he currently presides. One of Ponting’s fondest memories of Sheridan is skipping class with the faculty members to watch the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series. Ponting had a brief stint with the Sheridan varsity hockey team and played goal for the 1974 championship intramural team, fortuitously named Dave’s Demons. He takes great delight in anticipating that several of his fellow Demons may choke on their beer when they read this article and learn Dave Ponting is now a priest. “It’s been my experience that we find fulfillment and joy when we use the gifts God has given us. I have learned that it’s never too late to discover your gifts.”



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The Open Door Policy of

Linda Dalton

Sending your child off to college for the first time can be an unnerving experience for many parents. As a parent herself, Linda Dalton, Sheridan’s Registrar, takes those concerns to heart. “Behind our students are parents who have entrusted us with their children’s future, to some degree, and we have an obligation to make sure we honour that trust,” she says. “We are the gatekeepers, from the time a student applies to Sheridan right through to the time he or she walks across the stage at Convocation.” Linda, who is celebrating her 25th year at Sheridan, has first-hand experience of what it means to be a young college student. She also has a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of Sheridan. After graduating from Sheridan’s Journalism Program in 1980, she began her lifelong career at Sheridan just two years later. A variety of positions tailored to her communication skills followed, eventually landing her in the Registrar’s Office on a short-term contract. There, Linda put her exceptional organizational and analytical strengths to work, leading to her promotion to the position of Registrar two years ago. As Registrar, she guides parents and students alike through the application, admission and registration procedures, welcomes them at the beginning of each term, and works with them to begin the separation process that enables the parent to entrust their child to Sheridan’s care. Linda presents a warm and welcoming face at the orientation sessions that preface each term. “I love that student contact,” she says. “I try to convey the warmth that is behind Sheridan, to let both students and parents know they made the right decision in coming here.”



1980s Graduate

Growing up as one of six girls in a family of seven children helped Linda develop the patience, sense of humour and empathy that inform her dealings with students today. “Each year, I try to embrace a certain number of students with significant issues and guide them through their Sheridan experience. Each day is one student at a time.” As the mother of two teenage sons, Linda can also draw on her own day-today experiences for insight and support. Her dedication to the role of Registrar is obvious to her many staff. “Linda lives by this mantra: students are our purpose; they are why we do our job. She is the embodiment of this philosophy for those of us who work with her,” says Chad Craig, On-Campus Recruitment Officer. This year, as part of an internal awards program, the students with whom Linda works as part of the STARs program (Student Admissions Representatives) presented her with the Students First Award in recognition of that dedication. When she took her first job at Sheridan back in 1982, it was with the intention of staying only five years. However, new opportunities kept presenting themselves on a regular basis, and now, “Sheridan is in my blood,” says Linda. This will be welcome news to the many anxious parents who commit their children to the Sheridan experience each term.

“students are our purpose; they are why we do our job.”



Photo courtesy of Kathryn Gaitens. Full Costume Photo courtesy of Manuel Harlan.


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Passion for Performance

Michael Therriault Anyone seeking proof of actor Michael Therriault’s talent and versatility need only look to his success in portraying two wildly different characters over a short space of time last year. First up was his starring turn as Tommy Douglas, the “Greatest Canadian,” in CBC-TV’s bio-pic about the father of universal health care. A few short months later, Therriault stole the show with his depiction of Gollum, the ring-obsessed creature in The Lord of the Rings. While the Toronto debut of the theatre production of Tolkien’s classic drew mixed reviews, “Gollum” earned nothing but praise from theatre critics like Lynn Slotkin, who called his performance “mesmerizing.” Therriault picked up his second Dora Award and was one of only three Canadians selected to reprise his role in the London West End stage production, which opened in June 2007. Since graduating from Sheridan’s Music Theatre – Performance Program in 1995, Therriault has exercised his craft and honed his skills on multiple stages. Through seven seasons at the Stratford Festival, he took the stage in a variety of Shakespearean classics, culminating in the title role in the Henry VI play cycle. Richard Monette, the Festival’s Artistic Director since 1995, calls him “the most talented young actor who has come through the Stratford Festival in my tenure, and, arguably, the most important young actor this country has produced in years. He’s not only a ‘triple threat’ as an actor, a singer and a dancer. He can do serious work and comedic parts, both well, and not everybody can do that.”

1990s Graduate

That versatility found expression again in 2004, when Michael took a lead role as nervous accountant Leo Bloom in the Toronto production of The Producers. His performance won him his first Dora Award for Principal Actor in a Musical. While he has made his mark in widely differing roles, one constant is the intensive research Therriault conducts even before rehearsals begin. In preparing to play Tommy Douglas, Therriault collected what he says is the definitive collection of Tommy Douglas speeches. For Gollum, he spent hours in the library, researching body shapes and images on which to base his portrayal. “The research and prep is usually the best part,” he says. Despite his obvious talent and success, Therraiult embraced the acting trade somewhat reluctantly. He grew up in Oakville, but a love of the arts and drama drew him to the Etobicoke School for the Arts. After graduating, he pondered his next steps. “I was concerned that acting was a self-obsessed career. I believed I was going to enter another field altogether,” he says now. However, he followed his friends to Sheridan where the die was cast. “Being at Sheridan made up my mind for me. I became more passionate about theatre than I had ever been and, with every year, this feeling grew.” While his stay in London is indefinite, those who want to witness the talent and creativity of this hard-working alumnus will have their chance in the near future. Therriault recently completed work on a movie adaptation of The Englishman’s Boy, based on the acclaimed novel by Guy Vanderhaeghe. The film will air on CBC in the fall of 2007.





Unlocking the Doors to Autism

Michelle Lane

2000 Graduate

For those who read a newspaper or tune in to radio or television on a regular basis, it might seem that we are in the midst of an autism epidemic. Almost daily, stories appear about the growing number of children with autism, the struggles of their parents to cope, speculation on suspected causes of the disorder, and featured stories on various forms of treatment. While it might not qualify as an epidemic, there is no doubt that autism is becoming more prevalent among young children. Autism Ontario reports the incidence rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder to be one in 165. So what is autism? Citing Autism Ontario, “it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world.� For any parent this would be a scary diagnosis, especially when supports and possible remedies are few and far between. Now, thanks to the dreams and determination of one young Sheridan graduate, some parents of autistic children are finding reason to hope. Michelle Lane was something of a child prodigy. Growing up in Toronto, she attended Montessori school, took up the violin at age four, entered high school at age 12 and graduated from York University at 19 with a degree in psychology and sociology. OVATION


“The door is always open here to share ideas and seek advice.”

She then spent seven years as a tutor and therapist for autistic children before enrolling in the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Program at Sheridan in 2000, where inspiration struck. “Maria Montessori developed a rich curriculum in all areas of development; in fact, she started out working with children with special needs,” says Michelle. “I developed a gut feeling that blending the Montessori curriculum with Applied Behaviour Analysis, the standard approach for teaching autistic children, could have enormous benefits.” The Lane Montessori School for Autism opened in 2003, and today enrols 10 children. Lane’s innovative approach is already reaping big rewards for her students and their parents. “I now have a proud, confident six year-old who continually leaves me speechless at just how intelligent and capable he is,” says Lara Linhares, whose son Quinton has attended the school for just over a year. Research has shown that children with autism respond best in a small group environment, so her school functions more like a clinic than a classroom, says Lane. There are four children to a class and each child is given one-on-one therapy. This therapeutic approach is delivered in an environment that encourages independence, instilling confidence in the child, says Lane. “We see the children acting independently, by getting their own work, for example. This is so rewarding because our ultimate goal is to integrate these children into a traditional Montessori school environment,” she adds. Although establishing her own school just a few years after graduation was no easy task, especially given the costs involved, Lane’s passion and drive made it happen. “Some people thought I was crazy, but when I mean to do something – no matter how hard it is – I will do it. It was a path I had to follow; I worried about the ‘how’ later,” she says. Originally planning to wait at least five years after graduation before opening the school, Lane started actively developing the program curriculum after her mother’s death in 2003. “I realized that life is too short to waste. I wanted to turn a negative experience into a positive one,” she says.




Parents like Linhares are grateful that Lane took the risk. “She approached this with a passion and belief that every child can achieve. It is extraordinary when you find someone who lives their life without preconceptions or judgments and brings that into the classroom.” Today, Lane’s approach to working with autistic children is attracting interest from around the world, spurring her to launch a training and consulting company last year to help other early childhood educators establish Montessori schools for children with autism. Along the way, she also found the time to write Autism: A Montessori Approach, with a companion volume to be published this year. And Lane’s original vision for her school continues to grow, with the planned launch of an early elementary program this fall. An accomplished singer/ songwriter with two CDs to her credit, Lane also hopes to introduce a music therapy program into the curriculum to foster socialization amongst her students. Most recently, she has been working to obtain charitable status for the non-profit school to allow interested companies to donate much-needed funds. Since her graduation, the 2005 Premier’s Award winner has maintained strong ties to Sheridan, whose one-year Montessori program is the only college-level program of its type in Canada. Michelle recently helped develop two new Montessori programs at Sheridan for September 2007. “The door is always open to share ideas and seek advice; I love Sheridan.” says Lane. For more information visit:

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Pioneer in/on the Field

Anne Hartley It’s a dream for many athletic therapists to treat the world’s top competitors at the Olympic Games. Now imagine that the athletes are paraplegics, quadriplegics, amputees, cerebral palsy survivors, blind, or deaf. For Anne Hartley, who served on the medical team for the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, it was a difficult leap to make.

The 2001 International Student Games in Beijing, China was particularly unique because of the limits placed on the team’s activities outside the games area, says Hartley, who recalls being constantly shadowed by a bodyguard whose presence she finally escaped by outrunning him during an afternoon jog.

“I came in with a prejudice,” recalls the Sheridan professor and Head Therapist. “I couldn’t fathom how these people could compete and how I was going to help them. The first day, I saw disabled people all around me; by the second day, I saw athletes.”

One of only six such programs in Canada, Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy) Program is now recognized as a leader in the athletic therapy field, becoming the first accredited program in the country in 1998. The program’s evolution into the Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy) in 2002 has served to further boost the reputation of the program.

Hartley remembers treating a young judo competitor who was deaf, blind and couldn’t speak. His wife communicated with him using contact sign language. Not sure how to explain the therapy that she was about to administer, Hartley likened her work to that of a mechanic who fixes cars instead of bodies. “The athlete’s wife relayed this message to him and he quickly signed back, ‘Okay, turn this Volkswagen into a Cadillac’.” Over the two-week period of the games, she grew to admire the athletes’ skill and sense of humour.

Hartley’s influence has been integral to the growth of both the program and the profession, says fellow faculty member Joe Rotella, (Athletic Therapy ’93). “She has always pushed the envelope, re-evaluating the curriculum every year, adding new skills to keep the program relevant.”

The athletes were in incredible condition, she says, recalling the experience of a therapist on the team, an accomplished cyclist, who was left behind in the dust when she joined a training session with the competing cyclists, most of whom were paraplegics.

Hartley is quick to credit Sheridan for supporting the program’s development over the years. “It’s gratifying to be part of something from its infancy to adulthood. But there’s still room to grow. So faculty are always taking courses, continually evolving with the profession. What I teach now will need to be current four years from now when my students graduate,” she says.

Hartley has spent her professional life among athletes, both disabled and able-bodied. A member of the Sports Injury Management Program’s first graduating class in 1975, she was hired by Sheridan as the Head Therapist for its football team – becoming the first female to hold this position at a North American postsecondary institution. In 1982, she joined the program’s faculty, where she remains to this day.

And those students appreciate the opportunity to learn from a teacher who remains so engaged in the profession. “Anne brings the subject to life,” says third year Athletic Therapy student, Colin Wallace.“ She shares the stories of her world travels and her experience treating people with a variety of problems. We look forward to her classes, even the 8 a.m. ones!”

Over the years, Anne’s career as an athletic therapist has taken her near and far. She was a volunteer therapist for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, three Pan Am games (Puerto Rico, Venezula, Winnipeg) and many National Student Games.

Hartley still maintains a part-time clinical practice in Etobicoke, where she lives with her husband and two grown sons. And the next Paralympics? She’s an alternate for the Rio de Janiero Pan American Paralympics this summer.



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On a Permanent Learning Curve

Ted Bangay

Little did Ted Bangay know his first job at Sheridan would put him at the forefront of a technological development that would revolutionize not just the classroom but worldwide communications.

“I enjoy a little pandemonium in the classroom. One of the hardest lessons students have to learn is when to play and when to work. Sometimes they’re the same things,” Bangay says.

“It didn’t take long to realize that we were on the verge of an explosion,” says Bangay, hired in 1978 to keep Sheridan’s first 15 personal computers in good working order. Since then, Sheridan has embraced this technology, which touches just about every facet of our lives. Sheridan is now the country’s largest postsecondary laptop computing community, and is known for graduating top IT talent that is highly sought after by industry.

The high calibre of professionals with whom Bangay has collaborated has been another perk of his Sheridan career, he says. “All along the way, I have had the privilege of working with an amazing set of leaders who have given me the opportunity to learn and grow,” explains Ted, who obtained his Masters of Education in 1985.

Bangay has spent the past 29 years gaining an intimate knowledge of information technology and imparting it to others. Yet, the professor of applied computing and math remains amazed at the advances that have been made in such a relatively short time. “It still blows me away. I feel like I’m on a permanent learning curve.” His former students say he conveys this wonder and enthusiasm with humour and energy, creating a sense of excitement in the classroom. “Anyone who has sat with Ted in a classroom will know how passionate he is about programming,” says Wendy Travassos, Systems Analyst ’01. “Ted is always appreciated by his students,” says Gary Closson, Dean of the School of Applied Computing and Engineering Sciences. “He works hard to understand the different ways each of his students learn.” Over the course of his career at Sheridan, Ted has filled a myriad of positions, from math tutor to Dean of the School of Computer Studies, but it is in the classroom where he finds fulfillment.



The late 1970s and early 1980s at Sheridan were characterized by a climate of creativity and endless possibilities, recalls Bangay. “Those years were so much fun. There was a great sense of vitality and excitement here right from when I first walked in the door. Something big was happening here. I have visited many colleges and universities over the years and this place still has great energy,” he says. When days in front of a classroom are over, Bangay says he wants to “get in touch with my inner artist,” and devote more time to woodworking and building guitars. But in the meantime, he still looks forward to each day here at Sheridan. “The people who have been here for a long time have a love of learning, and a core need to help others. When I roll out of bed each morning, I know there’s a good chance that I’m going to help someone that day. How many people can say that?”

“I enjoy a little pandemonium in the classroom.”



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Professor “Innovation”:

Brian Lyons Brian Lyons never forgets when he joined Sheridan. It was 1967, the year Sheridan was founded, and the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. He has continued at Sheridan ever since, and well, we know the story of the Leafs. Lyons says he holds the same enthusiasm for teaching today as diehard Leaf fans do for the future of their beleaguered team. “I am lucky enough to teach courses in which there is always something new happening, particularly the Economics and Business Game course, which provides a constant source of interest and renewal. Nothing stays the same from year to year,” says the business and economics professor. He is particularly well-known for his leadership of the Applied Business Management simulation course in which all third year Business students manage virtual companies in competition with each other, along with involvement from external businesspeople. Randy Pilon, Business Administration ‘82, University of Toronto Rotman MBA ’04, who is now CEO of Virox Technologies Inc., has been a director for the business strategy game since 2001. “I have participated for five years in a row and expect to continue next year in this very worthwhile program. Brian is an excellent example of a seasoned academic who teaches with credibility. He was my economics professor at Sheridan and always captured the class with his animated presentations and his ability to bring the message to the class with style and enthusiasm.” Lyons has continually adapted to changes in teaching and in the business world, say his colleagues. He helped evolve the course from the early days of computers with punch cards to a fully realized mobile computing course with an online curriculum he developed. He has twice been recognized by Sheridan, receiving the President’s Award of Excellence in 1992 and the 2003 Sheridan Award for Leadership Excellence.

Long-standing colleague Jane Abramowitz says that Lyons has mentored almost all Davis Campus faculty members for as long as she has been with Sheridan, which is 26 years. “Whenever anyone wonders what to do, where to go, how to handle a new situation, we ask Brian. And if he doesn’t know, he’ll find out,” says Jane. “We joke that all he really needs is a wardrobe consultant, as this seems to be the only thing he can’t handle brilliantly by himself.” she recalls Lyons’ plan to accept his Excellence in Teaching award wearing a “professorial” ‘70s-style corduroy jackets with leather patches on the sleeves. “We took him out and updated his look!” While fashion may be an issue, Lyons’ energy for teaching is not. So how has he kept it fresh for forty years? Lyons points to the people faculty and students. As Sheridan grew larger, the focus tended to shift toward individual programs and courses and the people associated with them, he explains. “Those of us fortunate enough to work with a great bunch of people found this collaboration a tremendous source of support, ideas and rejuvenation. And, of course, working with a new crop of students each year keeps you young!” The new electronic technology also provides opportunities for creativity and interaction with faculty and students, he says, adding that, although technology has greatly altered the face of the Business program, the basics have not changed that much. “Business management is business management, and despite the new fads and buzzwords, the basic principles remain the same.”



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Still Life, Animated

Vivien Ludlow

Vivien Ludlow is always the last person to leave the theatre after the movie is over. She’s too busy reading the credits in search of Sheridan graduates. Chances are high that she will recognize the name of at least one former student. Graduates from Ludlow’s classes have provided some of the talent behind such Hollywood classics as Beauty and the Beast, An American Tail and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Long before Sheridan animation graduates became the toast of Los Angeles, Ludlow was quietly helping build a program that has set the gold standard for animation studies worldwide. When Ludlow started teaching classical animation in 1979, students and instructors used old stop-frame motion cameras and light boards obtained from a former studio in Toronto. Screening films as a teaching tool meant traveling to a Toronto library to borrow a film, and praying the campus projector would work, recalls Ludlow. Although technological advances over the life of the 38-year-old program have made many aspects of teaching easier, the ability to draw is still key to learning the profession, Ludlow says. “It’s still pencil and paper. Students must start with conceptual drawings and hand-drawn storyboards. It takes at least 12 drawings to create one second of film.” Ludlow grew up in Toronto and obtained a degree in Fine Art from Queen’s University in 1971 before enrolling in Sheridan’s Animation program. Looking back on her studies, she recalls the instruction in the program being unconventional. “I don’t remember actually being taught in the traditional way with books. The skills were in the atmosphere; you picked them up almost by osmosis.” Vivien’s second-year film won the Prix D’Excellence at a Montreal film festival. This recognition helped lead to commercial, contract and freelance work for Nelvana and Sesame Street, among others. She returned to Sheridan as an instructor in 1979. “Vivien Ludlow was my first teacher at Sheridan,” says John Williamson (’82). “I was in her first class — that was 28 years ago on a Monday in early September.”



Needless to say we were all terrified! But she was very devoted and patient with us. She cared a great deal for her students and what she taught them,” says Williamson, who returned to Sheridan in 2006 to teach storyboarding after working in Los Angeles and Toronto. The reputation of Sheridan’s Animation program grew over the next couple of years, but it was Williamson’s class of ’82 that put the program on the map, says Ludlow. Sheridan began actively promoting students’ films, showing them at festivals worldwide, including the Annecy festival in France. “I remember boarding a plane to France with a huge reel on film on my lap. People were just amazed by the calibre of our students’ work. I was interviewed on French television, and met so many people who wanted to know more about Sheridan. I was so proud of us,” says Ludlow. It wasn’t long before industry leaders started coming to Sheridan. Ludlow’s students were being plucked right from class and whisked to Los Angeles to work for the big animation studios, she recalls. A 1993 CBC documentary about the success of Sheridan’s Animation alumni resulted in a firestorm of interest in the program. Ever since then, faculty and students host a year-end Industry Screening which attracts some of the biggest and most prestigious animation companies in North America. Barry Parker, who graduated a year ahead of Ludlow and is now mentoring fourth year students in the degree program, credits her with giving the department a sense of continuity and history. “Vivian represents an integral connection to the past through her ability to pass on more than 30 years of knowledge about both the program and the industry overall,” he says. The fun that comes from being a pioneer may be over, says Ludlow, but she feels lucky to have been part of that period and to have the opportunity to shape the lives of future animators. “It’s a privilege to teach students with such dazzling talent. I live with promise. It’s like springtime every day.”

”To teach students... It’s like springtime every day.”



O growth

Growth at Sheridan

Where are we headed?

Dr. Robert Turner, President and CEO For those of you who were there at the start back in 1967, when we opened our first facility in Brampton with a few hundred students and a handful of programs, I know you’ll agree that Sheridan has come a long way in 40 years. Today, we have campuses in Oakville and Brampton, and a Skills Training Centre in Oakville, that together serve over 15,500 full-time and 36,000 continuing education students annually. While growth has occurred at a fairly steady pace for much of our history, it has been particularly rapid during the past seven years, mirroring the population boom in Halton and Peel regions. Since I became President in 2001, our enrolment has grown by 30%, and our investment in new facilities has amounted to over $135 million. While Sheridan continues to offer a broad range of programs in the arts, business, community service and technology areas, our program focus is evolving in response to industry and community needs, and this is reflected in our new facilities.



Our leadership in partnering with the High/Scope Foundation to enrich our early childhood education curriculum led to a unique partnership with the Region of Peel. In the Fall of 2006, we opened the High/ Scope Teacher Education Centre at Davis in partnership with the Region, which operates a childcare centre co-located in the new facility. The Centre provides training in the innovative, research-based High/ Scope approach to early learning to ECE teachers in Peel Region and from across Canada.

Since we introduced our first Animation program in 1969, Sheridan has established a worldwide reputation for excellence in both classical and computer animation training. Our success resulted in the creation of a new program and credential – the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation). To provide a consolidated learning facility to house the 450 students enrolled in this program while enhancing program quality, we expanded the A-wing at the Trafalgar Road Campus to create a new Animation Centre. The grand opening of this facility was celebrated this April, attracting industry representatives from across Canada and the U.S. such as Dreamworks SKG’s John Tarnoff (above).

The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies opened at the Davis Campus in October 2006. The Centre was conceived and funded in partnership with local industry, and municipal and provincial governments, to help meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector – particularly in Peel Region, where manufacturing is a key driver in the local economy.

Sheridan has tailored the focus of programming at its Davis Campus in Brampton to better serve the needs of this dynamic city. The new Centre for Healthy Communities, opening in late 2007, will house Sheridan’s applied health programs - including Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Personal Support Worker and our bachelor’s degree in athletic therapy, as well as our public safety offerings.



O giving it back

Invest in the Future,

Invest in Student Capital

One of the biggest challenges Sheridan faces as it enters its fourth decade is meeting the increased demand for our quality programming. As Sheridan grows, so must our commitment to serving our students through reinvestment and new initiatives. We can help ensure an exceptional educational experience for our students by giving them room to grow through new facilities; access to education through scholarships and bursaries; and investing in the latest technologies so that our graduates maintain that unique Sheridan advantage.

This level of investment in Student Capital does not happen without the commitment and leadership of outstanding community and industry partners. Sheridan welcomes the expertise and involvement of 18 Student Capital Campaign Cabinet members who represent business and cultural leaders throughout the GTA. The campaign is co-chaired by Peter Gilgan, CEO of Mattamy Homes Ltd., and The Honourable William G. Davis, Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985. We are proud to launch this campaign under the stewardship of these prominent community leaders.

The Sheridan Student Capital Campaign is all about students. Investing in Student Capital today will return social and economic benefits as our graduates go on to contribute to our communities through rewarding careers in business, technology, community service and the arts.

Support Sheridan Student Capital. Please call us at 905-845-9430, ext. 2018 or email and we’ll work with you to:

The campaign aims to generate $30 million by early 2008 for three major initiatives: the Sheridan Animation Centre; the Sheridan Centre for Healthy Communities; and student support, service and technology access.

• Create a stewardship role in our Student Capital Campaign

The campaign reached its first milestone with the opening of the Animation Centre on April 26, cementing Sheridan’s reputation as a leader in animation education. Building on this success, the Centre for Healthy Communities will begin training front-line caregivers in the areas of health, wellness and public safety later this year at the Davis Campus.



• Establish a scholarship, bursary or academic award • Arrange a gift-in-kind donation of equipment or technology • Arrange a financial gift contribution

“One stude nt at a time.”

The Honou rable William G. Davis

“We can help build a better future.”

Peter Gilgan, CEO, Mattamy Homes Ltd.

“Sheridan can offer admission to the best and brightest.” Ruth Anne Winter, Associate Broker, Royal LePage

“When they graduate they’ll be ready.”

Bob Munroe, President C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures

Caricature by Carlos Arancibia



O giving

The Opportunity to Learn:

What better way to give?

Each year, Sheridan has more and more students who rely on the generosity of donors to complete their postsecondary education. In 2006, over 50% of our students sought some form of financial aid, and with enrolment projections pegged at 19,000 full-time students by 2011, the demand for financial support will skyrocket. There are several ways that you, as alumni, can help current and prospective students reap the same benefits of a Sheridan education that you enjoy.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Matching Gifts

Scholarships also attract the best of the best to Sheridan, providing academic recognition and motivation at the start of the school year. You can contribute to general scholarship funds or establish a named scholarship for a minimum contribution of $500 annually. Bursaries also provide students needing financial aid with an additional means of support.

Many organizations offer matching gift programs to their employees. For every dollar that an employee donates to the charity of their choice, the organization matches the donation and makes the same donation to the designated charity. Consider this method for donating to Sheridan as a way of doubling your support and giving back even more!

Monthly Giving

Academic Awards

Sign up today and we can charge your VISA or MasterCard for monthly contributions to academic awards, scholarships or bursaries. You can also increase the total amount of your annual contribution by paying it in equal monthly installments.

Nominate a Sheridan Graduate for a Premier’s Award

These are named awards established by the donor. Many alumni have established named academic awards in their program of study in an effort to give back to Sheridan and encourage future excellence in their field. Selected by faculty and based on criteria established by the award donors, academic award recipients receive their awards at academic year-end ceremonies designed to celebrate their achievements. Award donors are invited to present their awards, giving them the opportunity to offer personal congratulations to the beneficiary, and to connect with faculty, other award winners and their families.



A full tax receipt is issued to you for all types of donations. Consider Sheridan as part of your charitable giving plans – and make a difference to the quality of education and Ontario’s future workforce. Donations of $100 or greater are recognized in Sheridan’s annual report. To donate call Jennifer Deighton, Manager, Awards and Annual Giving at 905-815-4032 or email:

Do you know an alumnus whose success merits provincial recognition? Nominate a graduate for an Ontario Premier’s Award. Visit: award.cfm.

Looking for Grad Gab? For news about fellow alumni, check our website, where you can also take advantage of the benefits offered by our affinity partners, including discounts on car and auto insurance as well as entertainment venue tickets. Keep posted on the latest happenings in your area through the calendar of events. Update your contact information and donate to the scholarship and bursary fund. The important thing is to stay connected!

Sheridan Forms U.S. Foundation Sheridan is proud to announce the formation of the U.S. Sheridan Foundation Inc. Called “The Friends of Sheridan”, the Foundation will allow U.S. corporations, citizens and alumni residing in the United States to donate to Sheridan and benefit from a U.S. charitable tax receipt. The corporation is intended to assist Sheridan in our fundraising initiatives within the United States, important to furthering our goal of enriching the academic lives of students. The Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of three U.S.-based alumni and two Canadianbased members from Sheridan. Members of the Board are:

Chris Broadhurst Athletic Therapy, 1995 Dennis Pellarin Media Arts, 1976 Samantha Slattery Advertising, 1999 Karam Daljit, Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Sheridan Sharon Aitken, Director, Annual Giving and Alumni at Sheridan

Protecting Your Privacy

Homecoming 2006

The strength of Sheridan’s large alumni base enables us to offer attractive group rates for services such as home and auto insurance. Our affinity partners also provide a source of revenue that helps fund alumni services and events, as well as student bursaries and awards. All alumni information is kept strictly

This past October Sheridan brought together alumni who graduated as far back as 1971 to rekindle their Sheridan spirit and see how their alma mater has grown.

confidential. The use of this information is limited solely to the marketing of specific, approved affinity benefit services. We don’t sell our list to other parties.

Friday, October 12th, 6 – 8 p.m. (Trafalgar Road Campus)

At any time, if you no longer wish your name to be included for these benefits, please contact the Alumni Office. It is also possible to exclude your name from specific promotions while still sending you Ovation. For more information, please contact Jennifer Clarke in the Alumni Office at 905-845-9430, ext. 2292 or email:

Don’t forget these important dates: Homecoming 25 Year Celebration Cocktail Reception

The Birthday Party for Alumni, Staff and Faculty

Friday, October 12th (Trafalgar Road Campus Gymnasium) The Sheridan 1st Annual Peer Mentor Brunch and Reunion

Saturday, October 13th, 11:30 - 2 p.m. The OATA Annual General Meeting and Alumni Get-together

Saturday, October 13th, 6 p.m. The Sheridan Student Union Past President’s Reception

Friday, October 19th, 6 – 9 p.m.

Sheridan to Publish Alumni Directory Sheridan is developing a print version of our alumni directory in partnership with Harris Connect. Harris Connect currently has relationships with several other Ontario universities and colleges, and was chosen because of its outstanding reputation in protecting alumni data. Harris Connect will abide by all applicable privacy legislation and will only list alumni in the directory who have given permission via mail, email or over the telephone. Look on the alumni website for information about when Harris Connect will be contacting graduates. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 905-815-4078.



Ovation 2007 - Sheridan College | Alumni Magazine  
Ovation 2007 - Sheridan College | Alumni Magazine