Alfred Heim
Published On: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

Community Council of Alfred College Pleased With Future of Campus April 1, 2014

tom-manley-CSSN – After the winds of uncertainty and anxiety that followed the shock of the announcement of the imminent end of the partnership that linked the community and Alfred College at the University of Guelph, a new wind optimism rises.


According to Tom Manley, president of the Community Council of Alfred College, the Community Council is very encouraged by the rapid intervention of two educational institutions interested in the continuation of programs in Alfred. Moreover, the Board will participate in the implementation committee, headed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The committee will bring together all stakeholders to develop a new long-term structure for college. M Manley said that the Council must remain vigilant until the conclusion of satisfactory arrangements to ensure the long-term development of the institution of French food education.


“As the first fully francophone college in Ontario, we are looking for a Franco-Ontarian governance open interesting perspectives for the future Collège d’Alfred,” says M Manley. “At the Banquet de la Francophonie held in Rockland on Saturday night March 29, it was very clear that the Collège d’Alfred never closed in spite of the many attempts to do so,” he adds.


For 32 years, the College has 1,342 college graduates become community leaders, professionals, and employers in our community. For the 2013-14 school year, there were 132 entries for the two years of college programs 3, 16 new Canadians in Rise program and 28 entries in the certificate program. Alfred College is an important economic engine for the region. It provides employment for 64 people including full time, part-time and contract employees.


The role of the Community Council of Alfred College, under the agreement established with the University of Guelph in 1997, is to represent the community voice to highlight the Francophone character and to support the development of Alfred College . Its executive committee has nine community leaders elected by the public Annual General Meeting. There is the vice president of the Council of organic food in Ontario, the President and the Director General of the Union of Farmers Franco-Ontarians, Vice-President of the Assembly of the Francophonie of the Ontario, Mayor of the Township of Alfred-Plantagenet, three representatives of companies in the region, and a staff member of the Collège d’Alfred. In addition, the Executive Committee shall be enlarged by the presence of people invited to the press during this period of renewal resources.


Council participants call on all stakeholders and community organizations to direct their interventions and discussions to the Community Council so that it can collect all the ideas in order to develop a coherent strategy. They mean well, Tom Manley, President of the Council as the sole and official spokesperson for the community on the future of Alfred College.