800-1000 Community college delegates from across Canada to meet during conference in Charlottetown


            ACCC conference coordinator Joan Diamond reading up on current events.

    The Association of Canadian Community Colleges conference is a great way to showcase what we are doing here at Holland College, said conference coordinator Joan Diamond.

     The ACCC Conference is an annual conference held  annually so colleges from across the country can exchange ideas and best practices.

     This will be the first time Holland College has hosted the event since 1990.

     It’s a great opportunity to showcase some of the new innovations at Holland College, which the college is really proud of, said Diamond.

     “We will also be exchanging some of the best practices we have, so it is an opportunity to showcase that.”

     She said it is also a great way to learn about what other colleges from across the country are doing.

     It is not only a great opportunity for Holland College, it is also a great opportunity for tourism in P.E.I., she said.

     “With all of these people coming here to the Island, they could be taking an extended vacation here with there families. They might take a few extra days before or after the conference.”

     Every year the convention has a theme which the conference is based around, she said.

     Diamond said the students voted on this year’s theme, Charting the Course: Navigating the Seas of Change.

     “The theme is aimed at having college professionals coming together to look at how education has changed and how we can be best prepared to give students the best education possible. The key speakers and workshops will focus on the theme.”

     Key speakers will include David Foot, the author of Boom Bust & Echo. He will be talking about his book and how colleges can cater to different generations, since generations have different ways of learning.

     Political Columnist for the Toronto Star, Chantal Hebert, will be talking about the change in political tides.

     Mark Milliron, president and CEO of Catalyze Learning International, will be talking about leadership in future trends.

 And Sandy Shugart President of Valencia Community College, will be focusing on how colleges can be more learning centre focused.

     “He is also a published poet and song writer, so he should be very entertaining as well,” said Diamond.

     The conference will also feature a keynote panel. The members of this panel will be Joan McArthur-Blair, president of Nova Scotia Community College, Susan Witter, president of Douglas College, and Brian McMillan, president of Holland College.

     McMillan said in a written statement his role is to support the planning committee and offer any assistance they will require making the conference a resounding success.

     “The committee has been working very hard to make this conference the best annual conference in the history of ACCC.”

     He said he is also pleased to serve as moderator on the Keynote Panel: Canada is Counting on Us.

     “I look forward to interesting discussion between trusted colleagues from Douglas College and Nova Scotia Community College.”

     Diamond said with the importance of showing Island hospitality, both the opening and final nights of the conference will have special events.

     “There will be a reception on opening night at the Culinary Institute where the culinary students will feed the delegates with their culinary delights.”

     She said there will be a lobster supper with Islander entertainers performing on the final night of the conference.


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