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.

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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – May 19, 2016 – The Hall of Distinction, a new point of interest on campus, has been created to recognize alumni, employees, and friends of the College who have made an indelible mark on John Abbott College and beyond. It will be revealed to the public Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Response to the call for nominations in the month of November 2015 was impressive. The ten people selected for this inaugural honour personify the dedication and hard work that has shaped John Abbott College in so many different ways.

The following are the ten inductees for 2016:
Robert Burns, 1st Director General, John Abbott College
Catherine Sidorenko, focussed on her students
Gary Sims, promoted use of audiovisual technology in the classroom
George Wall, created the Physical Education program
Harold Wilson, recognized by peers & students alike for teaching excellence

Ian Anderson, Social Science ’02
Claudia Brassard, Science ’94
Marie-France Juneau, Nursing ’85
Geoffrey Kelley, Social Science ’74
Glen Murray, Social Science ’80

As this is cause for celebration, an evening has been planned at the College that is open to all who wish to attend. Most of the inductees will be on hand for the evening.

Tickets to the cocktail, served at 6 p.m. in the Agora, with a super shortly thereafter, cost $50 per person.

Contact Barth Gillan ( ) to purchase your tickets.


Student Steps up at Crash Site

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – April 1, 2016 – When third-year Pre-Hospital Emergency Care student Karl Devries came upon an accident scene on Saturday, he did not hesitate to step into the roll he has been training for at John Abbott.

On his way home after a 24-hour internship shift (in his JAC uniform and jacket) March 26, Karl witnessed a rare scene – a vehicle has crashed into a bank office on St-Jean Blvd near Blue Haven. An elderly woman who had been at the ATM was injured. Karl made sure 9-1-1 emergency series had been notified, then proceeded to approach, taking charge of the situation and the group of people on site trying to help.

Remaining cautious, as he was unsure if he was at the scene of a crime or if the building structure was stable, he made sure others did not enter the building. He told police officers what he had seen upon their arrival. They then proceeded carefully into the bank where they confirmed that the driver of the vehicle had apparently suffered a ‘malaise’ of some kind but was awake and confused. An officer asked Karl to take a look. The Montreal Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter. Karl remained until Urgences-Santé arrived, transferring the care to the EMS teams. He answered questions from police then continued on his way home.

A gentleman onsite later wrote to the College: I cannot speak highly enough of Karl’s intervention. I have been subsequently advised by the police that the woman is recovering well, and I believe this is due largely to Karl’s intervention and care. In speaking with both police and Urgences-Santé at the scene, they all echoed my sentiments with respect to the care Karl provided, as well as his level of calm and maturity.

The John Abbott community is very proud of Karl.


John Abbott Engineering Teacher Awarded a Federal Research Grant

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – September 18, 2015 – Seeing a new passion in the eyes of a college student when a research project is presented is undoubtedly a rare and rewarding reaction for a teacher. This is particularly true for 3 teachers at John Abbott College working with students and industry experts on the cutting edge of knowledge and innovation.

A mere 9 months ago, Physics teacher Nathaniel Lasry, PhD, was awarded an Applied and Development Grant entitled “Asynchronous Peer Instruction e-learning Platform”. Six months later, Physics teacher Johnathan Guillemette, PhD, received an Engage grant for his project titled: “Improving Data Collection in Sports Analytics”. Most recently, Liliya Nikolova, PhD, (Engineering Technologies teacher), obtained an Engage grant for her project: “Investigation of Ground Cherry’s Leafy Husk transparency to intense visible and laser light for quality control”. What do these 3 very different research projects have in common? The grants were all awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) whose mission is “to foster the discovery and application of knowledge”. Long the domain of university campuses, NSERC recognizes that “this training contributes to the availability of a highly skilled labour force, capable of thinking critically and creating and applying knowledge for the benefit of Canada.”

Young men and women at John Abbott College are gaining real life experience working on these projects with their teachers and an industry partner, an important criterion for these grants. The 3-way collaboration creates a winning formula for all parties involved as partnering companies benefit from the expertise of the John Abbott College teachers in an area of research and development the Canadian company may need to prosper but may not be able to afford due to manpower or budgetary constraints. The student garners invaluable experience in a very technical field, potentially opening doors upon graduation that he/she was not aware of previously.

About John Abbott College John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body is approximately 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

David Emory

Emory Named New Swim Coach

The John Abbott College Athletics department announced Tuesday that David Emory has been named the new head coach of the Islander swim team. The Pointe-Claire, QC, native brings more than ten years of coaching experience to his alma mater.

The Athletics department had been looking for a new coach since late July, following the departure of Cliff Berry.

“I am thrilled to be a part of [the team] this year,” says Emory. “While I never swam for the John Abbott team, every year I would hear from friends and co-workers about how exciting and fun the team was.”

Emory is a former John Abbott College student who graduated in the winter of 2006. Since then, he has attended Bishop’s University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education a year later. Since then, he has been working towards a Master of Arts at McGill University.

The 27-year-old got involved at pools in his neighbourhood at a young age, serving as a lifeguard and giving swimming lessons. He made the transition to coaching in 2005 and is now a NCCP Certified level 1 coach. In addition to working around the West Island and with the Dollard-des-Ormeaux swim club, Emory was a volunteer coach with a Special Olympics team for two years.

As for assigning assistant coaches, Emory says he has a few coaches from around the West Island who could potentially help him out, but he isn’t making anything official yet.

Any John Abbott students interested in trying out for the varsity swim team should keep their ears open tryout dates. Emory could start evaluating the talent pool as early as next week.




Following the departure of Cliff Barry, the Sports and Recreation Department of John Abbott College is seeking applications for the position of HEAD COACH – SWIM TEAM.

The coach is responsible for all aspects of the program, which will include:

– Hiring of assistant coach(s)
– Athlete selection
– Preparation and implementation of practice plans
– Development of a weight training program
– Meet management using Splash software
– Entering swimmers to Swim Canada website

This is a part-time position reporting to the manager of the Casgrain Sports Centre.
NCCP Level 2 Certification is preferred.SWIMTeam-web


Interested candidates should forward their applications immediately to:

Chris Hunter – and Sunil Ramgulam –