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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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Celebrating your milestones

alumni milestones

Are you celebrating one of life's major milestones? The alumni office wants to celebrate with you! Send us news and photos of your dream wedding, a new job or even a recent travel adventure and we will share your milestone on social media or in a future issue of Connected.

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          Tracey Castano Alumni Milestone                                                           

Tracey Castano, Health Science, class of 2012, and her husband Carlos Castano, Medical Laboratory Science, class of 2012, bought their dream home! The couple, who married in October 2014, bought their first house in December. “It was such a whirlwind getting into the real estate market and looking for our dream home but we were so happy after searching for many months and seeing over 40 homes that we had found our new home sweet home."

Payam Zareian Alumni Milestone

Payam Zareian, Accounting, class of 2009, is the owner of Tip Top Auto in Bowmanville. He was included in the class of 2016 for Auto Remarketing Canada’s Under 40. He received the award at the Auto Remarketing conference in April. “I am lucky using my experience in the car world with the education I received at UOT has led to my business being successful.”

Jackie Dervent Alumni Milestone

Jackie Dervent, Concurrent Education and Science, class of 2012, got married! “During my undergrad I travelled to Bermuda for a teaching placement where I happened to meet a tall, handsome, gentleman who also happened to be a teacher. We hit it off and stayed in touch once I left Bermuda. We travelled to visit each other a couple of times before he asked me to be his girlfriend on a trip to his hometown in Ireland. Three years later we were engaged and last summer we got married. We are now living in Bermuda where I am in my dream job teaching physical education at a private school.”

Myuri Manogaran Alumni Milestone

Myuri Manogaran, Community Health, Master of Health Science, class of 2012, took advantage of conference presentations to explore Europe. “I used this opportunity to travel to the Netherlands, Paris and Spain all in 15 days!  It was an amazing trip with lots of sightseeing, adventures, and networking at the conferences.  I also celebrated my milestone birthday while in Spain....what an amazing way to remember :)”

Simon Fraser, Networking and Information Technology Security (Honours), class of 2011, is celebrating his acceptance to law school at the University of Toronto! “Doing LSAT prep for (ideally) three hours a day in addition to working full time took dedication but it was one of the most rewarding times of my life. The fine services of the UOIT Career Centre were a big part of my success; specifically, Darren and Allison were a big help. My new adventure begins this fall.”

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