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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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Alumna uses communication skills to help her local community

Maggie Darling

Maggie Darling | Class of 2015
Bachelor of Arts, Communication

As the Fundraising and Communications Associate at the United Way of Northumberland, Maggie happily combines her interests in philanthropy and special events. "I enjoy project-based programs and having a positive impact."

In her previous role with the Cobourg Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) Maggie helped to plan 10 annual events. As for her love of philanthropy, Maggie organized the Duffer's Golf Tournament, with proceeds from the tournament supporting a young, local boy living with Cerebral Palsy. She also serves on the Pride Northumberland Committee, an organization working to plan the first Pride Parade and festival for the Town of Cobourg, which will take place on June 24, 2017.

A graduate of Durham College where she received the Public Relations Advanced Diploma, Maggie took advantage of the unique bridging opportunity available through university and Durham College, which combined hands-on experience with theoretical understanding. Now, as a graduate with a BA in Communication, Maggie finds both theory and practice are helpful in the roles she is currently serving as well as for those she is seeking.

Wanting to gain more experience in governance and strategic visioning, Maggie is open to opportunities to join a nonprofit board. She believes developing greater expertise in these areas is key to her future plans. One day she'd like to use her skills to advance the mission of a valued nonprofit organization.