How George Brown College is giving back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Michael Eliadis delivers ventilator to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges, we’re proud of the way teams across George Brown have come together to take care of the college community and to find ways to support people and organizations across Toronto. 

George Brown College has shared our expertise and equipment to help ease the burden of the pandemic, from providing financial relief and food security for students, to donating much-needed medical equipment and supplies to our local hospitals. 

How George Brown is supporting the greater community amid COVID-19 

Our faculty, students and alumni answered the call for support, supplies and equipment. Here’s how: 

Medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) 

George Brown College’s Centre for Health Sciences provided three ventilators and thousands of pieces of PPE, including masks, gloves and gowns, to Toronto hospitals and health care and long-term care centres across Toronto. 

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Fresh food donation 

The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts donated eggs, fruit, vegetables, breads, sauces and dairy goods to Second Harvest in late March to help combat food insecurity and food waste. 

Mask production 

Starting in late April, the Fashion Exchange (FX) began producing up to 2,500 non-medical masks per week for our community and industry partners. 

“We are excited to be able to leverage FX manufacturing expertise and capacity toward providing quantities of these products for essential workers," said Marilyn McNeil-Morin, Director Fashion Exchange. 

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Sharing mental health and early childhood education expertise 

Our counsellors continue to share advice on how to manage stress during and prioritize tasks while working and studying remotely. And our faculty from the School of Early Childhood have provided tips for parents working hard to keep small children occupied.

5 ways to reduce stress 

How to balance childcare while working from home 

How to create healthy routines while staying home 

How to make remote working work for you 

Navigating screens and young children while working from home 

Online resources for families and children during the COVID-19 pandemic 

George Brown alumni keeping essential projects moving 

Our graduates are putting their essential education to work, including personal support workers (PSWs), nurses, construction, culinary workers and more. 

Coming together to take care of the George Brown community 

It’s a tough time for everyone but George Brown came together to support those in our own community who are most in need. 

Financial support for students 

We were able to launch the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund with emergency funding from the provincial government, but support from the college community, including the Student Association, our industry and community partners, and many individual employees helped push that fund over the $1-million mark this spring

Thanks to your support, we provided up to $500 in emergency financial relief to thousands of students during the 2020 winter and spring semesters. 

 Donate to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund

Helping put food on the table 

We teamed up with FoodShare to launch the Good Food Box Fund, which is available to any member of the George Brown community in need. As of this spring, nearly $30,000 had been raised and more than 2,000 fresh food boxes delivered. 

Donate to the Good Food Box Fund