Nunavik Sivunitsavut Program Launch

On Wednesday, September 20, special guests, dignitaries, teachers and friends all gathered at the Atwater Club for the official launch of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut program to celebrate the future of 18 Inuit students who came to Montreal to study their culture.

Also in attendance were second-year students from the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program (Ottawa) on which the Montreal program is based.

In addition to the traditional inauguration speeches, the guests were treated to performances in Inuktitut and in English from both groups of students and from Inuk singer Beatrice Deer and her band.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut proposes accredited college-level courses designed to prepare Inuit youth to further post-secondary education, develop workplace skills relevant to positions in Nunavik institutions and support the creation of a critical mass of culturally confident youth equipped to lead the political and social future of their region. In Inuktitut, Nunavik Sivunitsavut means “Nunavik, our future”. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (formerly the Kativik School Board) coordinates the development and implementation of Nunavik Sivunitsavut in partnership with the office of the Academic Dean and the Department of Continuing Education at John Abbott College, under the leadership of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut Advisory Committee. The members of the Advisory Committee are: the Kativik Regional Government, the Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Avataq Cultural Institute and the John Abbott College.

More information can be found at: www.sivunitsavut.ca
(Source: Jade Duchesneau-Bernier,  Communications Coordinator, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq). 

“John Abbott College is proud to be a partner with Nunavik in establishing the recently inaugurated NS program. This year-long program offers both credited and non-credited courses all of which are culturally relevant and are packaged into a vision intended to enhance self-confidence, cultural pride and leadership capabilities of graduating students” stated Erich Schmedt, John Abbott College.

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St-Colomban, Québec, September 7, 2017– Following the installation of the synthetic turf sports field at the John Abbott College in 2012, 5 years later, for the third time in a row, they have maintained their FIFA QUALITY Certification, despite of countless hours of strenuous usage.

John Abbott College Memorial Field is open from April 3 to November 12. From April to May, the field is used 9 hours per day for a total of 297 hours in a 33 day period. From May to June, the field is rented 115 hours during the week and 160 hours at night and weekends. From June 26 to mid-August, the field is used for summer camps 12 hours a day on week days and 8 hours a day during the weekends. From August 22 to mid-November, the field is used 14 hours per day on week days and 8 hours per day during the weekends.

The pitch was awarded the FIFA Quality Seal under the tougher requirements. This certification confirms that the playing surface meets the highest standards in terms of playing properties, safety, long life and execution of construction work. The FIFA Quality certificate is also a prerequisite for holding international calibre matches as well as international club competitions and is confirmation from world soccer’s governing body of the high quality of the synthetic turf.

This certification guarantees the John Abbott College sports field surface is of the highest and safest quality for the players. The FIFA Quality certification is a symbol of pure sporting excellence.

“We are truly honored to keep our promises and offer a top quality sports field.  We guaranteed to provide a next level sporting experience and we have. We implemented our core values when constructing their sports field. Comfort, safety and performance are the foundation of the artificial turf pitch at John Abbott College, said Luc Rochon, President and Chief Executive Officer at GTR Turf.

The synthetic turf system installed was the Shaw Sports Turf Powerblade HP 2.5, a high quality and resistant artificial turf that will remain FIFA Quality certified until November 17, 2020. It is very uncommon to have a sports field certified during the length of its life cycle. Only a few of the top manufacturers in the industry can claim such an accomplishment.

At present, over 50 Shaw Sports Turf synthetic turf systems meet the requirements of the FIFA lab test in Canada. The Shaw Sports Turf Systems can be specified by stadium operators, clubs and local authorities seeking to obtain FIFA approval. GTR Turf also offers the greatest experience worldwide with the soccer pitches certified and re-certified according to the previous and new FIFA standard and continuously enhances its products based on the latest findings.


GTR Turf has over 20 years experience in the synthetic turf industry, with over 1000 successful installations.  GTR Turf prides itself on having the best equipment and the best trained team in the industry, leading to 100% customer satisfaction.

For more information from GTR TURF, please contact :
Luc Rochon,
President, Chief Executive Officer
email:  l.rochon@gtrturf.com
office : 1-877-456-8873  (225)
mobile : 450- 820-5000

For more information from John Abbott College, please contact:
Debbie Cribb,
Communications Officer and Media Relations
CÉGEP John Abbott College
email:  debbie.cribb@johnabbott.qc.ca

office: 514-457-6610 (5354)






Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec –Septembre 1, 2017 – HEMA-QUÉBEC will be holding a BLOOD DONOR clinic at John Abbott on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13. The clinic will run from 9:00 – 4:00 in the Casgrain building (Agora).

Everyone is welcome from both the internal and external communities. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Every pint donated can save a life!

Please enjoy a good meal before donating.


Did you know that to meet the needs of the population of Québec, Héma-Québec must collect 1,000 donations per day and that blood is an irreplaceable resource? In fact, every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood. As a result, maintaining the collective blood supply depends on the generosity of those who feel compelled to share in the wealth of their health.

Despite the 60% probability of someone needing to receive a blood transfusion and despite the fact that one can give blood every 56 days as an act of solidarity to those in need, ONLY 3% of Québecers who qualify to give blood do so.

The body quickly replenishes the quantity of blood donated, which amounts to a little less than half a litre (450ml). The blood donation itself takes ten minutes and the entire process takes about one hour.

Dates: September 12-13
Times: 9am-4pm (both days)
Location: Agora 9 (Casgrain building)
Objective: 136 on the 12, 160 on the 13.
Last year’s total: 263 donors

For information contact of the blood donor clinic at Abbott, please contact studentactivites@johnabbott.qc.ca or 514-457-6610 ext 5713.

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JAC to Hold Terry Fox Run

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC –August 28, 2017 – John Abbott College will host a Terry Fox Run Thursday, September 28 at 12:30.

Colleagues and classmates will run or walk 2.5 or 5 km starting at Memorial Field.

TO REGISTER, visit http://www.terryfox.ca/fundraisingevents/Johnabbottcollege
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact JAC organizers at laura.morrison@johnabbott.qc.ca.

“Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me.” Terry Fox

It is the second Terry Fox Run at John Abbott. Let’s get together and raise money for this cause that has touched every single one of us in some way.

For information contact Laura Morrison at laura.morrison@johnabbott.qc.ca

514-457-6610 ext 5737.



Repairs on Highway 20 Overpass

Macdonald Bridge repairs

Please be informed that repairs on the Macdonald Bridge (overpass over railway tracks and Highway 20) will last until mid-September 2017.

Traffic on the overpass will be reduced to one lane and pedestrian and cyclist traffic will be prohibited. Motor vehicle traffic will be one-way southbound only Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.(exception: emergency services and bus services). All northbound traffic at that time of day will be detoured through municipal roads to Highways 20 and 40.

Commuters are advised to expect delays when travelling to or from the campus and are asked to exercise extreme caution on roads leading to and from the construction site.

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Solar Eclipse Event

What happens when six passionate science students work toward a common goal? Well, the sky is the limit!

With the help of their Physics teacher and the coordinators of JAC SandBOX (student-centered innovation and entrepreneurial centre), the Stars and Stuff students have founded an astronomy club, and are planning a mega-event around the solar eclipse of August 21.

On the first day of school at John Abbott, there will be guest speakers, treats, information booths, live streaming from NASA and, of course, free solar glasses for students and staff (limited quantities). Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada plan to set up telescopes to show the various phases of the eclipse.

A partial view of the eclipse will be visible from the Oval between 1:20 and 3:50 p.m., weather permitting. JAC community members can use their break to go and check this out.

Solar glasses will also be available from Montreal public libraries.

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Giving Back

Student Union of John Abbott College (SUJAC) Gives Back to the West Island Community:

On Thursday May 11, the Student Union of John Abbott College delivered three car loads of food, non-perishable goods, toiletries and other essential items to the food bank set up to help those affected by the spring floods. A total of $2250 in supplies were purchased and donated. An additional $2250.00 was donated to the Canadian Red Cross – Spring Flood Appeal (Quebec) to provide additional relief to families.

SUJAC President Daniel Prudkov and his fellow executives “felt it was critical to give back to the community at this time of need. Most of our students are from the West Island. We felt it was appropriate to help our fellow students”


L’association étudiante du Cégep John-Abbott s’implique dans sa communauté

Le jeudi 11 mai, l’association étudiante du Cégep John-Abbott (SUJAC) a livré trois chargements de denrées non périssables, une valeur de de 2 250 $,  à la banque alimentaire créée pour venir en aide aux personnes touchées par les inondations sur l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal. De plus, un montant de 2 250 $ a été remis au Fonds de secours pour les inondations printanières (Québec) créé par la Croix rouge canadienne.

Le président de SUJAC, Daniel Prudkov et ses collègues, ont jugé essentiel de redonner à la communauté en ce moment de besoin. « La plupart de nos étudiants habitent l’Ouest-de-l’Île, il est donc approprié de leur venir en aide ».


At John Abbott College, sustainability education is no longer an elective

Located on the western tip of the island and surrounded by a vast natural habitat, the College’s grounds and campus instills in our students and staff a deeper appreciation of nature and the environment. Students and staff alike are fortunate to experience one of the most beautiful campuses in Quebec. The surroundings and the college’s buildings, especially the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building, provide several opportunities to learn about environmental responsibility outside the classroom.

Read about sustainability at JAC on the CICAN website.



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Grey Cup Comes to Visit

Christopher Milo, kicker for the CFL Champions Ottawa Redblacks, brings the 2016 Grey Cup to John Abbott!

Milo played at John Abbott College in 2004.

He holds the college provincial record for the most career points with 385, which places him 3rd among kickers in Canada according to the CFLPA.