Sheridan College's 90th Birthday Gift to Mayor Hazel McCallion Will Honour Her Legacy

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario February 13, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Sheridan College will name its new Mississauga Campus in honour of Mayor Hazel McCallion. The news was announced last night by Sheridan President and CEO, Jeff Zabudsky, at a 90th birthday celebration for McCallion held at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

In making the announcement, Dr. Zabudsky noted the tremendous impact Mayor McCallion has had on the city, and the college. "It's in large part thanks to her vision and determination that we will open a brand new campus in the heart of Mississauga's city centre this fall," he said.

The Hazel McCallion Campus of Sheridan College will open its doors in September. Located at 4180 Duke of York Boulevard, the campus will offer postsecondary and postgraduate business programs, as well as programs and services for newcomers to Canada, to nearly 2,000 students.

The Mayor's 90th Birthday Celebration attracted 1,000 guests, and featured tributes from a host of dignitaries and celebrities. Among those speaking were The Hon. Jim Flaherty, MP Whitby-Oshawa and Finance Minister; The Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; The Hon. William G. Davis, former Premier of Ontario; and Don Cousens, former Mayor of Markham.

Video tributes from Regis Philbin and Rick Mercer were also presented during the evening. Sheridan students from the Music Theatre-Performance program provided entertainment, while a cross-section of students from the arts, business, community service and technology faculties took part in a special presentation to the Mayor. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Sheridan College.

About Sheridan:

Sheridan College aims to provide students of all ages with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. We serve 16,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville and Brampton, with a new campus set to open in Mississauga in the fall of 2011. Sheridan offers an innovative learning environment celebrated for academic excellence, applied research and creativity. Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year Bachelor's degrees, in the arts, business, community service and technology fields