/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Centennial College marks 50th anniversary by cancelling classes to 'Paint the Town Green'/

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Centennial College opened its doors to a renovated, ramshackle former factory on Warden Avenue on October 17, 1966. Despite its humble beginnings as Ontario's first public college, Centennial grew rapidly by offering the Baby Boom generation a new path to rewarding careers.

To mark Centennial's 50th anniversary, the college is cancelling classes on Tuesday, September 27 to release its students, faculty and staff to "Paint the Town Green." Thousands of volunteers will fan out across the city to lend a hand in 11 major Toronto parks with a variety of "green" initiatives such as planting trees, spreading mulch, removing trash from waterways and nature trails, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas.

Given Centennial College's remarkable reputation internationally, its partner schools in China, Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries will release their students to make meaningful contributions in their own communities. In the spirit of the day, the president of Suzhou Centennial College near Shanghai, China, is excited to be collecting litter in the beautiful canal city of Suzhou.

This "greening" initiative is Centennial's way of giving back to the communities that made Ontario's first college what it is today. The official Paint the Town Green kick-off is taking place at 10 AM in Bluffers Park at the foot of Brimley Road at the lake. And keep an eye out for the CN Tower on the evening of September 27 – it is turning Centennial green for the occasion!

Date & Time:

10 AM on Tuesday, September 27


Bluffers Park at Lake Ontario, end of Brimley Road South



Ann Buller, President, Centennial College


Photo opportunities and interviews with college representatives and volunteers will be available at Bluffers Park and other parks throughout the day.

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-605-6012 or 416-289-5000, ext. 7142/mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca


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