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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Just For the Health of It Photo Contest

People, Places and Pets

To support the university’s commitment to a healthy workplace, the university’s Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC) would like to offer you the opportunity to recognize the special people, places and pets that have helped you navigate the disruptions, isolation and uncertainties of life, particularly over these last couple of challenging years.

This summer, snap some photos of the important people in your life, places or spaces where you’ve found joy, serenity and meaning, or your furry friends, and share them with us.

Using the online form, submit photos related to one or more of the categories listed below, together with a caption, for a chance to win one of three prizes and be acknowledged within the university community.

Contest categories

Photos should capture and clearly display images that fit into one of the following categories: 

  • Category A – People
  • Category B – Places
  • Category C – Pets

Images must be accompanied by a caption identifying how the subject of the photo has supported your emotional or physical well-being. Tell us a little bit about your entry!

The HWC will announce winning photos in late September and feature a photo gallery through the university’s media outlets. First, second and third-place winners will receive gift cards as prizes.

Submission details

  • One photo submission per category, per person (three photos maximum per employee).
  • Amateur photos only (photos should clearly meet category criteria).
  • Maximum size: 10MB.
  • Use the following naming convention for each photo you submit: [category]_[last name]; e.g. A_Smith; B_Smith; C_Smith.
  • Provide a photo caption describing your photo (maximum of 100 characters).

Good luck!

Photo Contest Submissions

Christine Gray's sons, riding in a red carPhoto of Fatima Noorali and her husband.Bevin Moolenschot in PEI Anita Krupa's kids, jumping off the dock and into the lakeTracy James-Hockin and her long-term girl friends!J Tolevski's kids on the beach!

Blue mountains made me realize I can celebrate my birthday in peace and tranquility. - Fatima Noorali A beautiful rainbow... and a funny license plate that I noticed after! - Christine Gray Taking in the relaxing scene, Pleasant Harbour Cape Breton - Bevin Moolenschot Forget the virtual background, I chose a river, a canoe, and my dog as my background for this class. - Matt Devlin “Paradise Found” – a true reflection of the beauty of nature surrounding us. - Anita Krupa In nature kayaking, this is at Killarney. - Tracy James-Hockin Mazinaw Rock on Mazinaw Lake adorned with over 260 Indigenous pictographs, a place of self reflection. - Jenny Tolevski
My child, my walk partner, my cuddle buddy and everything that brought comfort to me! - Fatima Noorali Always keeps me company while eating, I had to cover her with Kleenex so food won't drip on her fur. - Hesham Abdel Al Ontario Tech's newest Book Club member! - Cheryl Lumley Meet my newest WFH co-worker “Jennifur” who loves joining in on all of my team meetings! - Connor Loughlean Leao (Portuguese Water Dog) loving life swimming at Inverness Cape Breton. - Bevin Moolenschot Sharing my home office with my research Study Buddy “Sanger”. Occasional petting required. - Ginny Brunton All four of my Fur Babies relaxing with me on the sofa. - Jason Piroochi Spending time in the barn everyday with Coco has helped me keep grounded. She’s a calming presence. - Emily Tufts “Paws and Reflect” - Kevin keeps us busy but always knows when it’s time to slow down and recharge. - Anita Krupa Hugo’s a huge Ridgeback fan! Scout – our new family built in stress reliever. - Jennifer Flintoff 18 year old cat Missy – always by my side. - Tracy James-Hockin Padme – the one constant through the past 2 years of the pandemic, a comforting soul. - Jenny Tolevski

PEOPLE

Winners for the People Category for the People, Places and Pets Contest
Christine Gray's sons, riding in a red car FIRST PLACE
Submitted by: Christine Gray
Photo of Fatima Noorali and her husband. SECOND PLACE (TIE)
Submitted by: Fatima Noorali
Anita Krupa's kids, jumping off the dock and into the lake SECOND PLACE (TIE)
Submitted by: Anita Krupta
Tracy James-Hockin and her long-term girl friends! SECOND PLACE (TIE)
Submitted by: Tracy James-Hockin
J Tolevski's kids on the beach! THIRD PLACE
Submitted by: Jenny Tolevski

 

PLACES

Winners for the Pets Category for the People, Places and Pets Contest
In nature kayaking, this is at Killarney. - Tracy James-Hockin FIRST PLACE
Submitted by: Tracy James-Hockin
“Paradise Found” – a true reflection of the beauty of nature surrounding us. - Anita Krupa SECOND PLACE
Submitted by: Anita Krupta
Mazinaw Rock on Mazinaw Lake adorned with over 260 Indigenous pictographs, a place of self reflection. - Jenny Tolevski THIRD PLACE
Submitted by: Jenny Tolevski

 

PETS

Winners for the Places Category for the People, Places and Pets Contest
Always keeps me company while eating, I had to cover her with Kleenex so food won't drip on her fur. - Hesham Abdel Al FIRST PLACE
Submitted by: Hesham Abdel Aal
Spending time in the barn everyday with Coco has helped me keep grounded. She’s a calming presence. - Emily Tufts SECOND PLACE
Submitted by: Emily Tufts
Ontario Tech's newest Book Club member! - Cheryl Lumley THIRD PLACE
Submitted by: Cheryl Lumley
Meet my newest WFH co-worker “Jennifur” who loves joining in on all of my team meetings! - Connor Loughlean THIRD PLACE
Submitted by: Connor Loughlean