Perth Campus Speaker Series
“Hope Has two Daughters” – Book Launch

Dr. Monia Mazigh
When: Thursday March 2nd 5-7pm
Where: Algonquin College, Perth Campus, Student Commons
Sponsorship: Perth Campus Social Service Worker program
Light Refreshments will be provided.
For more information please call us at 613-267-2859 x5698

A bracing and vividly-told story of the Tunisian Bread Riots in 1984 and the Jasmine Revolution 2010, Hope has two daughters offers a glimpse inside revolution from the perspective of two women, Nadia and Lila, a mother and daughter who take active roles during pivotal moments in history.

The public is welcome to attend this session.

Perth Campus Tool Donation – Heritage Carpentry

img_20161104_132311Tim and Rosemary Campbell, long-time benefactors and supporters to the Perth Campus and in particular its heritage programs, paid a visit to the campus on November 4 to meet with first-year students of the Carpentry Joinery – Heritage diploma program.  Students spoke about why they chose the program and what it meant to them.

Tim and Rosemary sit on the Program Advisory Committee for the program and in addition to providing ongoing advice and inspiration they made another very generous donation to the program on the day of their visit to help support the program in the purchase of tools for the Joinery Shop.  Using this donation as a starting point the campus plans to grow its inventory of tools including a mobile collection that will allow students to work on off-campus heritage field projects.

The campus thanks Tim and Rosemary for their continued generous support and leadership in the field of heritage trades training.

As Rosemary pointed out in her comments, “If you take care of your tools, your tools will take care of you.”

Maclean’s magazine features heritage masonry program

custom-custom_size___dry-stone-wall-july-2016-perthAlgonquin College’s is featured in a Maclean’s magazine article about the increase in demand for the heritage tradespeople who can “restore Canada’s history.”

Reporter Dylan C. Robertson writes that heritage trades preserve the country’s legacy: “As Canada prepares to celebrate 150 years of Confederation, we rely on these trades to refurbish, retrofit and repair our history.”

The article features heritage trades programs at a number of colleges across the country, including the heritage masonry program at the Perth campus.

When Macleans’s reached the program’s co-ordinator Darrin MacDonald, he was in Churchill, Man., where he and some of his students were working to restore the Cape Merry battery, a stone wall built to protect a cannon from enemy fire, at the Prince of Wales fort.

MacDonald told Maclean’s he has worked on the Parliament buildings as well as in Europe.

“This is a job where you can travel the world and . . . be nomadic,” MacDonald told Maclean’s.Maclean’s magazine features heritage masonry program.


Read the entire article here.

Download PDF version here.

Introductory Dry Stone Walling Workshop

dry_stone_wsParticipate in a special Introductory Dry Stone Walling Workshop featuring Scottish, Irish and English traditional styles Experienced wallers from Canada, Ireland, England and Scotland will provide hands on instruction.

The wall you build will remain a legacy feature for the Town of Perth at Stewart Park, and you will walk away with enough knowledge to build your own dry stone wall.

For more information please check this out. and here as well.

Town of Perth Press release.

Perth 200 Legacy Project is Underway!


July 11, 2016


Perth 200 Legacy Project is Underway!

Perth Ontario – The Town of Perth is thrilled to announce that the Dry Stone Bridge Project was kicked off this week and plans are in place for professional masons to arrive in Perth for Homecoming Weekend!

On July 22-24, 2016, the Town of Perth, Ontario and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada (also known as Dry Stone Canada) will host 40 professional dry stone masons from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who specialize in the construction of permanent stone structures without the use of mortar. During the three days, these dry stone “wallers” will build a unique structural dry stone bridge and strong stone retaining walls, revitalizing the old swimming pool waterfront area in the town. The project will also involve students from the Perth-based Algonquin College Heritage Trades program. Students will set out, cut and shape the large arch stones, and work alongside the professional wallers to help with the installation, encouraging apprenticeship and ultimately employment.

The Perth area was settled by immigrants from Scotland, Ireland and England in the mid-1800s during a time when the majority of the original UK stone walls were constructed. As a result, many of the immigrants were skilled dry stone wallers who left their homes and brought their legacy to Upper Canada. It is the intention of the Town of Perth and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada to build new retaining walls and the dry stone bridge in the old swimming pool area to revitalize this lovely part of Perth and commemorate the legacy of masons in Perth’s 200th year!

In recognition of its role in promoting culture and heritage, the project received $47,500 this year through the Legacy Fund of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“Our Government is proud to invest in legacy projects that mark significant events in the history of our communities,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “We are very pleased to play a role in the creation of this unique commemoration of Perth’s
200th anniversary. It will serve as a lasting reminder of the heritage trades that shaped the community.”

This project is also supported by many sponsors including the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada, Tackaberry & Sons Construction, Crains’ Construction, Algonquin College, Rideauview Contracts, Perth Brewery, Upper Canada Stone Company, Scotiabank and the Town of Perth.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Baillon
80 Gore Street East, Perth, Ontario K7H 1H4 613-267-3311 ext. 2227

Perth campus Students go to Italy for a two-week volunteer work experience.

perth_campus_oae_italy_Spring_2016_15May 2016—Students from the Perth campus go to Italy for a two-week volunteer work experience.
From volcanos to ancient ruins to the Mediterranean Sea—students and faculty from the Office Administration – Executive program enjoyed it all as part of a two-week volunteer work experience in Naples, Italy. The group was lending its office administration skills to help set up a community centre to provide youth and migrants with resources to integrate into the community and find employment through the promotion of social enterprise.
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OAE Students Raise $2020 for Epilepsy Ottawa

Thursday April 14 – 2016: the Algonquin College Perth Campus Office Administration Executive Class of 2016 invited the community of Perth to participate in a fundraising event: Paint for a Purpose with Janet. In total the students raised $2020 for Epilepsy Ottawa.
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