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Otonabee College (Our Voices Create Waves of Change)

Otonabee College at Great Race

Help us celebrate Otonabee College Spirit by supporting OC's endowment fund today! 

Otonabee College (OC) is located on the East Bank overlooking the river for which it is named after. In Ojibwe, Otonabee means "river that beats like a heart" which symbolizes the way this college imagines how we can keep up with change in our fast-paced lives while honoring our hearts. OC is a true home for students as they continue to share a common bond built on spirit, pride and lasting community.

Students at OC play a major role in organizing and conducting several diverse activities for the entire University campus. The student government and its committees collaborate with the College Office in planning and delivering a variety of events for all students. In the future, we hope to create many more fun and memorable experiences within Otonabee College for our students! We take pride in that our students honor their relationships that they create with their peers, staff and faculty. OC is a College that encourages change, and understands the importance remaining connected past traditions.

Winston Meyer '78 has issued a $7,500 challenge to Otonabee alumni, staff, faculty and donors. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving back, we are asking for your help to meet Winston's challenge and raise $7,500 to be part of the group that founds the Otonabee College Endowment - a total of $15,000 today! If we’re successful in our goal, Otonabee will be able to move forward with many initiatives, just like the following, that will benefit the OC students of today:

  • Create enhanced spaces for all OC students, particularly those who live off campus by upgrading areas such as KHouse (the off-campus student lounge) and the OC Commons (formerly known as the Cat’s Ass);
  • Develop the Otonabee quad and other OC spaces into an outdoor learning laboratories for educational opportunities outside the traditional classroom;
  • Create an Alumni Recognition Wall to acknowledge the OC community builders and inspire students;
  • Support partnerships between Otonabee College and the Peterborough community such as workshops at local businesses in downtown Peterborough, mini-speaker series, establish exclusive discounts at local businesses for Otonabee College students;
  • Foster opportunities for OC undergraduate students to attend academic conferences and share learning with the college community by establishing a fund to support travel and fees;
  • Prepare for our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2022 with an Alumni Weekend, Otonabee College history project, 50 years photo yearbook, celebratory plaques for the College and much more;

As an added incentive: the president’s office has issued a challenge to propel this day forward. The college with the highest participation per capita will receive $5,000, and the college that has the highest number of first-time donors will receive an additional $5,000 - which could mean an additional $10,000 on top of our $15,000 target. Gifts of all sizes matter!


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Stephanie Muehlethaler standing in front of OC

Otonabee Outside

Scarf Ceremony