Posted September 30, 2018 05:09:55A new lake-forest college in northern Ontario has announced it will rename its name to “Lake Forest” after it was named a Great Lakes login.
Lake Forest College, a non-profit educational organization in the southern Ontario town of Greenock, was launched in 2013 by former provincial cabinet minister and Toronto-area mayor Jim O’Connor.
The college is based in the small community of Silverwood Lake and will be located in Lake Forest, about 10 kilometres northeast of Ottawa.
It’s not clear how much money the college is going to make off of the name change, but O’ Connor says he’s hoping it’ll help in the school’s transition from a noncommercial, non-educational school to a college.
“The university has been able to provide scholarships to students through the university’s foundation, but I think that there is an opportunity for them to help fund the building of the campus itself, and to also create a more permanent space,” O’ Connors said.
“We believe that the name of Lake Forest College is a way for us to say, ‘We’re not a private school anymore, we’re a community university.'”
“This is not a university, this is a community college.”
The college will be the first of its kind in Canada, with about 150 non-profits operating in Ontario.
The name change comes just days after the university announced it would be reopening the first year of the new school.
O’Connors said that the school had been closed for nearly a year when the announcement was made.
“It’s a lot of work and we’re hoping it will come to fruition,” O. Connors told CBC News.
O’Connor was the former provincial minister for northern development and northern commerce, and the former Liberal cabinet minister in charge of the Great Lakes region, where Lake Forest is located.
He has since retired.
Lake forest has been a popular summer destination for lake enthusiasts for more than a century, with dozens of summer camps, lake parties and a lake centre for the children of Lake Ontario.
Oddly, Lake Forest’s name was not included in the official naming of the college.
Connons said the college would be called “Lakeforest” when it was officially named in 2018.
“That’s not a typo,” O-Connor said.
The new name comes amid a new effort to revitalize Lake Forest.
Connors has been working with Lake Forest Regional Park and Conservation Authority to put together a community plan for the area.
O-Connors also is looking to build a community garden on the lake, which is part of a broader effort to restore the lake to its former glory.
O-Connones new name for the lake comes amid growing public interest in Lake Erie, as it has become a tourist attraction.
In July, O’Conners announced plans to develop Lake Erie into a tourist destination, with more than 300 hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues expected to open by 2019.OCTA says Lake Erie has a unique geology, but the area is also home to many of Canada’s biggest lakes.
Lake Erie is one of the biggest lakes in the world and is home to several endangered species.