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Quartier Otonabee: new funding, programs and more in Fleming this spring

There’s a lot going on this spring at Fleming College this spring, with new funding, new programs and more.

The college received its largest-ever donation from FLATO Development Inc., a Markham-based residential and commercial development company. The $1.2 million donation was made to Fleming’s Frost Campus.

“With this donation, FLATO Development Inc. and its founder, Shakir Rehmatullah, are cementing a legacy here at Fleming College. We are grateful to find a partner in FLATO who shares our belief in supporting our community,” said Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College.

The $720,000 will be donated to Fleming’s FLATO Capital Innovation Fund to acquire teaching materials that meet the highest industry standards. The remaining $480,000 will be used to create the FLATO Scholarship Program for Frost Student Scholarships.

In appreciation of the donation, the main foyer of Frost Campus will be named The Shakir Rehmatullah Atrium.

In April, Fleming received a $641,800 Applied Research and Technology Partnership Grant from the federal College and Community Innovation Program. The funding will be used at the Fleming Center for the Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies for research into water-related issues and to develop innovative water and wastewater technologies.

Fleming’s two new Applied Research Centers, the Center for the Advancement of Mechatronics and the Industrial Internet of Things and the Innovative Aquaculture Production Center, Sera collaborate on applied research projects that will develop technologies based on the detection, tracking and monitoring of contaminants, and more.

Fleming College now has offices downtown on the lower level of Peterborough Square. the Skills in Demand Work and Academic Upgrading Programwith the Language course program for newcomersjoin Fleming College Muskoka-Kawarthas Service System Manageralready established on the spot and which manages the employment services of the region.

As the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues, Fleming College is committed to helping Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion who seek refuge in Peterborough. Ukrainians arriving in Peterborough can participate in Fleming’s English as a second language gateway program for free.

Fleming also works with the Center for New Canadians to ensure that these families and individuals are settled and supported in our community.


At the Peterborough and The Kawarthas Home Builders’ Association (PKHBA) annual awards ceremony on April 21, Paul Dietrich, President of Dietrich Homes and former owner of Parkview Homes, received three awards. He recently completed the apartment building on Whitefield Drive in the Otonabee neighborhood.

Dietrich won Best Tract Built Home over 2,501 square feet for the model home at 56 York Dr.; the Green Member of the Year and the Special Presidents Award for having been an active member of the association for 36 years, with 12 years on the Board of Directors and two years as President.

PKHBA is a voluntary non-profit society where members of the home building industry share their knowledge, support and advocacy while building sustainable businesses.

Trail cleaning

On April 23, members of the East Peterborough Lions, Youth Lions, Panda Feeds Canada and Otonabee Ward Councilor Lesley Parnell helped clean up the Crawford Rail Trail, a 1km trail that stretches south of Lansdowne Street at Crawford Drive, near Lansdowne Place.

“We’ve been doing this for 13 years now with various members of the community and the East Peterborough Lions have come together strongly during the pandemic,” says Parnell.

“We haven’t quite finished but have done the section from Hawley Street to Lansdowne Street with the rest to be done over the next two weeks. We would like to thank everyone who does NOT litter or in fact helps clean up an area near and important to them. Lots of hands do lighter work.