CORNWALL – After a wildly successful first year, the South Dundas Tourism Pursuit app is relaunching for the 2022 summer tourism season with five new locations for users to enjoy. These include:
- Grand Truck Locomotive 1008
- Carman House Museum
- Russell Manor B&B
- Winchester Springs Sanitorium Mural
- Rijke’s Produce Farm
The app, a partner project between the Municipality of South Dundas and St. Lawrence College, encourages users to scan a QR code at various locations to college badges, play mobile games and win digital prizes. Developed by the College’s Game Programming students in 2020/21, the latest release required work by two final year students, Johan Carette and Serhii Marchenko, who have now graduated from the program and worked under the leadership of Gaming Professor, James Dupuis.
In addition to the new locations, the re-launch event on June 15, 2022, included the presentation of a copy of the Economic Developers Association of Canada 2022 Social Media/App Marketing award to Dupuis and his students for their efforts.
Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO, says that providing students with real-world work experience is what an SLC education is all about. “The hallmark of our programs is experiential learning, and this opportunity to work on the Tourism Pursuit app to add new locations is a perfect example of how our graduates become career ready. We are also very proud to share in the Marketing Award from the Economic Development Association of Canada that the Municipality of South Dundas won this year.”
“We were thrilled to win the EDAC award earlier this year and even more so to share the award with James and his students. This continued partnership with St. Lawrence College reiterates the opportunities that are available in South Dundas. We’re looking forward to more people exploring the area with the app and the current users having some new locations to enjoy,” said Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer.
St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario, with campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. St. Lawrence College consistently ranks as one of Ontario’s leading community colleges, preparing students for the global economy with relevant, practical, and experiential learning opportunities. Offering over 100 full-time programs, St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students and more than 100,000 alumni.
The Municipality of South Dundas is located in the heart of Eastern Ontario along the vibrant St. Lawrence River. With a growing population of over 10,500 residents, South Dundas appeals to young families, professionals and retirees alike. Nestled with the charming backdrop of prime agricultural land and the bustling river, South Dundas has a booming local economy for small businesses, commercial spaces and tourism attractions.