The Michener Institute celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a Street Party

                      - A free, family-friendly event -

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences is continuing its fall 50th Anniversary celebrations with a free
neighbourhood Street Party on Sunday, September 14th, 2008 from 12-5 p.m. As
the third 50th Anniversary event, the Street Party will gather together
members of the Michener community with our neighbours to celebrate our golden
    For 35 years Michener's imposing building on 222 St. Patrick Street has
mystified the neighbourhood in which we reside. Michener wants to end the
mystery and bring all of that information out for our community. With this
event, we hope to share all of the valuable accomplishments in health care
education Michener has had in the last 50 years, with the hopes that the
community will be more engaged in our successes in the next 50 years.
    A unique line-up of entertainers for the Street Party have been booked to
interest audiences of all ages. Acts include:

    -  Musical act Sunshine State, an acoustic pop duo based in Toronto
    -  Percussion based ensemble iDRUM
    -  Michener alumni and instrumentalist/vocalist Garen Markarian
    -  Capoeira Camara, performers of a form of martial art performed to
    -  Hip hop artists Elements of Surprise
    -  a DJ to play music between acts

    We will also have Elephant Thoughts who will entertain children with
science based activities, games and other surprises in the Kid Zone and
Glacéau will be giving out free samples of vitamin water.
    "Michener's Street Party will give us the opportunity to engage the
community in what we do for health care education and enable our neighbours to
build direct relationships with us," explains Dr. Paul Gamble, President and
CEO, The Michener Institute. "This is a fun, community-based event for people
of all ages to discover the Dundas/University and Baldwin Street
neighbourhood, as well as The Michener Institute."
    In addition to the Street Party, Michener will host Homecoming Weekend at
the end of November to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. For Homecoming,
Michener is presenting three separate events to celebrate with our alumni:

    -  A Pub Night with food, drinks and dancing - Friday, November 21 from
       5-8 p.m.

    -  An Alumni Brunch with a hot buffet breakfast and a chance to mingle
       with fellow alumni and faculty - Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to
       1 p.m.

    -  A Gala Dinner for alumni and friends at The Toronto Marriott Downtown
       Eaton Centre Hotel - Saturday, November 22 at 6 p.m.

    The street party is free to the public and Michener invites everyone from
our community and anyone else who would like to join us to celebrate our
golden anniversary to come out for Michener's 50th Anniversary Street Party.
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    Sponsors for this event are Everest Supply Inc. and TD Canada Trust.

    For Michener, our 50th Anniversary is a celebration of accomplishments
from the past, enjoyment of the present and a look forward towards the future
at what is to come.
    The Street Party is being held in conjunction with the Baldwin Pedestrian
Sunday Event taking place on Baldwin Street, half a block from The Michener

    Event:   50th Anniversary Street Party

    Date:    Sunday, September 14th, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Where:   The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences back patio
             222 St. Patrick Street (Dundas & University)
             Toronto, Ontario

    About The Michener Institute

    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI). In 2008 the Michener Institute is commemorating its
50th anniversary by celebrating educational excellence and inspiring health
care transformation.
    Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced
education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000
full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute
is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.
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For further information: about Michener, interview requests or media
tours please contact Iliana Arapis, Senior Director, Communications & PR,
(416) 596-3120/; Katie Schrank, Communications Associate,
(416) 596-3101 ext. 3482/

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