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CNA research makes waves on Parliament Hill

February 3 – CNA’s Wave Energy Research Centre was one of six research projects highlighted during a presentation to more than 50 federal ministers and dignitaries on Parliament Hill. The event was the fifth in a series of successful gatherings organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), a major funder of all six projects. Senior researchers from across Canada were invited by NSERC and Senator Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Chair of the Social Affairs, Science and Technology Senate Committee, to informally share their work with decision-makers. Read more at

CWA Foundation presents CNA welding students with awards

February 5 – The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) presented nine Welding Engineering Technician students from CNA’s Burin campus in Newfoundland and Labrador with $2,500 each through the CWA Foundation’s annual Post-Secondary Awards Program. Read more at

Three CNA students appointed to Youth Advisory Committee

February 19 – The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced the member appointments to the Premier’s Youth Advisory Committee, a unique forum which will advise government on youth-related programs and policies. Of the 23 young people from varied backgrounds, experiences and regional perspectives who form the committee, three are students attending CNA. Read more at

 CNA grad can spin a good yarn!

March 10 – Like any artist, Erin Kirby’s passion started at a very early age. The 31-year-old Mount Pearl native has nurtured her crafty inventive side over the years and flourished under the influence of her creative parents. That love of crafts has led to two diplomas and a satisfying career as an entrepreneur by owning and operating her business, FiberLilly. Erin says she has been sewing for approximately 27 years and became an entrepreneur before she could even spell the word. Read more at

Taking it outdoors

March 13 – One of CNA’s long-standing beliefs is that students don’t have to sit in a classroom to learn new skills or develop a sense of comradery with fellow students – in fact, thinking outside the classroom is encouraged! That’s how the Adventure Leadership Development Camp came to be – it was a chance to offer students an authentic wilderness experience that had a focus on leadership and team building. The camp, which took place from March 3-5 in Gros Morne National Park, had 10 students from around the province participate in a number of team-building and leadership development exercises while also getting to enjoy some outdoor activities during their Reading Week break. Read more at

 Mental health matters to CNA students

March 25 – Faculty, staff and students at all 17 CNA campuses united to show their support for an important issue which affects one in five Newfoundlanders and Labradorians – mental illness. Numerous student-led activities took place during Mental Health Matters at CNA campuses around the province with the goal to reach as many students, staff and faculty members as possible with the message, Mental Health Matters. Read more at

CNA students take home 38 medals at Skills NL provincial competition

March 31 – CNA collected 38 medals at the 18th Annual Provincial Skills Canada Skilled Trade & Technology Competitions on Friday, March 27. Of the 38 medals, 15 were gold, 13 were silver and 10 were bronze, and three additional medals (two gold and a bronze) were awarded on April 10 at the Burin campus. Twenty-six CNA students will now make up Team Newfoundland and Labrador for the Skills National Competition taking place in Saskatoon, May 28-29, 2015. Read more at

CNA instructor to appear on Chopped Canada

April 9 – The Food Network announced the remaining contestants for Season Two of Chopped Canada and amongst those vying for a $10,000 cash prize is CNA’s very own Chef Roger Andrews. Chef Andrews will appear in Episode 22: Carnival: No Room for Seconds which will air June 6 on the Food Network. Read more at

 CNA President named one of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs

May 8 – College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) President and CEO, Ann Marie Vaughan, was named one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine. The announcement was made at the 2015 Top 50 CEOs awards gala in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 1999, Atlantic Business Magazine has dedicated one of its six issues per year to profiling Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished business leaders. Nominees are judged according to their corporate, community and industry involvement, their company’s growth in recent years and, their responses to various managerial challenges. Read more at

 CNA establishing centres of excellence

May 22 – In an effort to better meet the demands of students and industry, CNA will be establishing a Centre of Excellence for Heavy Equipment Industrial Trades at its Bay St. George campus on the province’s west coast, and a Centre of Excellence for its Media Arts programs at the Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s. The college will expand opportunities for training within the heavy equipment industrial trades programs this coming September, while also ensuring the availably of graduates from several media arts programs to the industries that need them.

 More national accolades for blended learning initiative

May 27 – CNA was presented with two awards at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence in Winnipeg as part of the CICan 2015 Conference. The theme of the conference, Leading Change, explored how colleges and institutes lead change through innovative practices and approaches in teaching and learning, applied research and engagement with business, industry and community partners. It was only fitting that CNA’s innovative blended learning offering of the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program was recognized for Program Excellence, and its instructor Greg Ryan was recognized for Teaching Excellence. Read more at

CNA students bring home six medals from Skills Canada Nationals

June 4 – CNA students walked off the closing ceremony stage at Praireland Park with six medals at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The competition, held from May 27-29, had over 500 competitors from the 10 provinces and three territories compete in 40 competition areas in construction, manufacturing, transportation, employability, service, and information technology. Twenty-four of the 50 Team Newfoundland and Labrador competitors were from CNA. Read more at

CNA receives national award for support to reservists

June 6 – CNA was recognized by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council for their support to Canada’s military reserve. The college received the Support to Student Reservists award during the 11th Biennial National Employer Support Awards ceremony at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The national award ceremony honoured government, business and educational institutions from across the country for their support to the Primary Reserves. Read more at

CNA nabs nine Pinnacle Awards

June 4 – Students of the Graphic Design program at CNA took home seven awards in the student category at the International Association of Business Communicators Pinnacle Awards gala in St. John’s. The college’s Marketing and Communications department was also presented with two awards; the Award of Merit for the college’s 50th Anniversary Video, as well as an Award of Excellence for the article Breathless No More written by Qatar Project – Public Relations Specialist, Tanya Alexander for the employee magazine, Currents. Read more at

Chef wins Chopped Canada

June 8 – CNA’s very own Chef Roger Andrews wanted to prove a culinary instructor could “throw down” like a restaurant chef, and he certainly did that during his appearance on an episode of The Food Network’s hit show Chopped Canada. Andrews went head-to-head with three other Canadian chefs for the $10,000 cash prize in Episode 22 Carnival: No Room for Seconds. Course by course, the judges chopped the chefs from the competition until only one remained. That person was Andrews. Read more at

Articulation agreement established between business programs at Grenfell and CNA

August 6 – Thanks to a new articulation agreement, graduates of CNA’s three-year business management program are now able to complete a bachelor of business administration in 12 months at Grenfell Campus. Memorial University’s senate approved the transfer agreement, known as a “3+1” articulation agreement. Read more at

CNA and Habitat for Humanity enter housing build agreement

September 14 – CNA and Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. announced an agreement that will further the development of affordable home ownership for lower income, working families in this province. The two-year agreement outlines processes where the resources of each organization will collaborate on specifically agreed upon projects. It will also provide opportunities for the enhancement and enrichment of CNA student learning experiences, offering development opportunities for students to contribute to, and become stewards of the communities in which they live and work. Read more at

CNA students honoured with Governor General’s Academic Medals

October 6 – Ten graduates of CNA were presented with the Governor General’s Academic Medals at Government House during a ceremony hosted by His Honour the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and CNA’s President and CEO, Ann Marie Vaughan. The medals were awarded to CNA graduates for achieving the highest overall average upon completion of their diploma-level program in 2015. Awarded since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal is one of the most prestigious awards a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. Read more at

 College enrollment increases with labour force needs

October 22 – CNA increased its total enrolment by 8.3 per cent over the previous year, and when programs with later start dates in the 2015-2016 academic year are included in the data, overall enrolment is projected to increase by approximately 10 per cent by March 2016. Four schools had increases in enrolment over the 12-month period; the most notable of which was the School of Health Sciences (53 per cent) with the Schools of Academics, Applied Arts & Tourism (13 per cent), Engineering Technology & Natural Resources (three per cent) and Industrial Trades (three per cent). The School of Business & Information Technology enrolment remained steady. Read more at


CNA well represented at annual NLOWE Awards Banquet

November 6Successful women with connections to CNA were out in full force at the annual NLOWE Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards banquet in St. John’s. Two-time graduate of CNA’s School of Health Sciences, Sarah Bennett was the recipient of the Scotiabank Innovation Award for her two businesses, UC Baby and A New Beginning Massage Therapy in St. John’s. The College of the North Atlantic Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Jodi Basha, owner/operator of Island Orthotics in Corner Brook. Katie Hayes, owner/operator of the Bonavista Social Club in Upper Amherst Cove, who also happens to be a culinary arts instructor at CNA’s Bonavista campus, was awarded the Visionary Award. Read more at


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Glenda Tompkins
Glenda Tompkins
Glenda is a 20-year marketing and communications veteran currently specializing in photography/videography and social media management. She has garnered multiple awards for her innovative, strategic campaigns at CNA. Her experience includes writing, editing, graphic design, event planning, and more. When she’s not reviewing social media engagement analytics, she enjoys spending quality time with her young family.


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