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UofGH honours placement partners at Standing Ovation

Speaker at the podium

When the University of Guelph-Humber hosted this year’s Standing Ovation, an event celebrating key partnerships between the school and the partners that support UofGH students, it was as if life had come to a full circle for Kinesiology alumnus Malik Carby-Corbett.

Last year, Carby-Corbett shared his placement experience at the Standing Ovation ceremony as a student. At that time, he spoke about his dream of working as a strength and performance coach and thanked the dedicated team of Career and Placement Services co-ordinators and UofGH faculty members for helping him.

This year, he returned as a placement partner.

“Progressing from giving a thank-you-speech two years ago to receiving one this year was a nice experience,” said Carby-Corbett, a registered kinesiologist at SportSide Medical Services. “The University of Guelph-Humber is head and shoulders above every other institution because it allows students to benefit from field experiences and networking opportunities. I am happy to continue supporting the students and give them the same opportunities I once had.”

SportSide Medical Services accepts a dozen or so students each year as part of the Kinesiology program’s field placement requirements. Carby-Corbett handled the orientation this year. A task he was happy to do because he was once in the same place as the students.

Dear partners, thank you

At this year’s Standing Ovation, guests had a chance to indulge in an elaborate breakfast, mingle and take a tour of the campus. They also had an opportunity to see the strengths of each of the seven programs UofGH offers as part of table displays in the art gallery.

John Walsh at podium and attendees talking

The event is an opportunity for the University of Guelph-Humber to enrich and enhance its relationship with partners and express gratitude towards them, explained Susan Thomas, Manager, Career & Placement Services.

“Our partners are part of our educational community and I believe they too are educators in this process,” Thomas said. “Our students are well prepared academically and have the knowledge needed to get started in the workplace. This, along with the hands-on learning, their ability to ask questions and look for ways to add value to their placement in their jobs is what makes our students exceptional.”

Students bring a lot to the table

Attendees mingling

Sharn Peters, Child & Family Support Program Coordinator at The 519, an agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community, has worked with several University of Guelph-Humber students over the last few years.

The students—from the Family & Community Social Services (FCSS) and Early Childhood Studies (ECS) exhibited resourcefulness, knowledge and initiative, she said.

“Your students’ computer skills and presentation skills were outstanding and shined through,” Peters noted. “They were all dedicated and determined. I was particularly impressed by their research abilities because they were not satisfied with the information they found on the first website they opened instead they dug deep to find solutions.”

The University of Guelph-Humber looks forward to continued initiatives with its partners to enrich the student experience and learning outcomes, Thomas said.