York U celebrates Red and Day with comedian Gerry Dee


TORONTO, November 13, 2014 – Students, faculty and staff will celebrate York University’s Red & White Day, today across the campus, with a community spirit that recognizes the people who continue to make the University a success.

York alumnus and one of Canada’s most recognized comedians, Gerry Dee, will be on campus to discuss his time both at York U and his life after graduation. His sitcom Mr. D, which he created, writes and stars in, premiered in 2012 on CBC to 1.3 million viewers. The show, based on Dee's real-life experiences as a high school teacher before he switched to comedy full-time, will enter its fourth season on January 20, 2015 at 9:30pm. Gerry Dee spent 10 years as a high school teacher before making the switch to full time comedy and acting in 2003.

The spirit rally, York Spirit competitions, food truck vendors and a Health Promotion Stress Busters Carnival which includes visit by therapy dogs, are all part of the day’s program lineup.

WHAT:  Red & White Day, celebrating York U spirit with Life After Graduation: Gerry Dee

WHERE:  The Underground, York University, Keele Campus, Student Centre, Building 23 on MAP

WHEN:  Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:30pm

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U’s 11 faculties and 28 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York U's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.

Media Contact:
Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca