The Michener Institute looking to expand archives during its 50th Anniversary

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences is beginning its 50th Anniversary celebrations with The Golden
Archives Launch on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 at 10 a.m.
    As the first 50th Anniversary event, The Golden Archives Launch marks the
beginning of a year long campaign to gather items from alumni, students and
past and present faculty and staff to expand the school's archives. Michener
is looking for donations of brochures, event programs, photos and other items
people may have from their time at Michener. There will also be a video camera
set up at the Launch for guests to record their favourite Michener memories.
Some messages will be transcribed into the 50th Anniversary commemorative book
at the end of the year.
    "This event will give us the opportunity to add to our archives and give
people a chance to tell us stories about what Michener means to them," says
Dr. Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute. "In celebration of
our 50th year we invite anyone with memories and artifacts from Michener to
come and share those with us and donate items to our archives."
    In addition to The Golden Archives Launch there are other events
throughout 2008 to celebrate the major milestone of reaching 50.

    -   An appreciation event for Michener educators, past and present, held
        in May.
    -   In September Michener will host a street party for the Michener
        community, the University Avenue hospitals, Baldwin Village and the
        Queen Street West community.
    -   At the end of November, the very first Homecoming weekend will be
        held in conjunction with Michener's Open House.
    -   On Homecoming weekend Michener will also host it's first Alumni and
        Friends Gala Dinner.

    What began as a Medical Laboratory pilot program at Toronto General
Hospital is now an educational facility boasting over 18 full-time, part-time
and continuing education programs, many unique to Ontario and Canada.
    In the last 50 years many new programs and initiatives have helped
Michener gain the reputation it has today. Programs like Respiratory Therapy,
introduced in 1969, and Anesthesia Assistant, introduced in 2005, show that
Michener is always evolving to fill the needs set forth by the Canadian health
care system. Partnerships with Canadian universities such as U of T and
Dalhousie, and international connections in Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica make
Michener well respected in the academic communities of many countries.
    For Michener, the 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.

    Event: The Golden Archives Launch

    Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 at 10 a.m.

    Where: The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, 222 St.
    Patrick Street, Toronto, Ontario (One block west of University Avenue and
    north of Dundas Street)

    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, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). In 2008 the Michener
Institute is commemorating its 50th anniversary by celebrating educational
excellence and inspiring healthcare 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 and further enriched
through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading
healthcare organizations. For more information, visit

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