19th Annual Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday January 22, 2016 the Many Hands Project held the 19th annual Groundbreaking Ceremony at this years recipient The Hope Centre in Welland.

The Many Hands Project was joined by their fellow Event Management classmates, students from the Construction Renovation Technician program, Niagara College Vice-President of Academic and Learner Services; Steve Hudson, Canadian Tire Bank Vice President of Customer Service and Operations; Dave Difelice, Welland Mayor; Frank Campion, and The Hope Centre Executive Director; Mark Carl.

Groundbreaking marks the official beginning of demolition and construction at The Hope Centre. For the next 15 weeks students of the Construction Renovation Technician program will be building and creating a brand new soup kitchen and multifunction dining area, to be completed by April 16, 2016.

Champion of Hope partner, Canadian Tire Bank presented the Many Hands Project with a $7,500 donation and Vice President of Customer Service and Operations, Dave Difelice spoke about the history of Canadian Tire Bank and the Many Hands Project and their connection to this years recipient The Hope Centre. A tour of the construction site and explanation of design plans was given to CTB by Mark Carl and Chair of the Many Hands Project, Eric McLoughlin.


(Executive Director of The Hope Centre, Mark Carl and Many Hands Project Chair, Eric McLoughlin explain construction plans to Dave Difelice and Nancy Cameron of Canadian Tire Bank)

Welland Mayor, Frank Campion also spoke to those in attendance and expressed his appreciation of the Many Hands Project recipient choice. “I’m so happy to see that you are doing something with The Hope Centre here in Welland this year. It’s such a worthy cause, such a worthy organization.”

HopeCentre_067.JPG(Welland Mayor, Frank Campion)

Representing Niagara College, Dr. Steve Hudson explained the importance of the project to the college and how great of a learning opportunity it is for students involved.

HopeCentre_071.JPG(Dr. Steve Hudson, Vice-President Academic and Learner Services)

Lastly, Mark Carl, Executive Director of The Hope Centre  spoke, expressing his gratitude to the Many Hands Project and how much this project means to The Hope Centre and the Welland community.

The renovations will bring the The Hope Centre one step closer to their goal of being a one stop social service hub for the vulnerable citizens of the Welland community. The soup kitchen will feed upwards of 65 people a day and create a first point of contact for The Hope Centre and clients.

HopeCentre_079.JPG(Executive Director of The Hope Centre, Mark Carl)

TVCogeco Niagara, Erie Media, Niagara This Week, myWelland and Niagara College broadcasting and newspaper were in attendance and covered the groundbreaking ceremony. Be sure to check the ‘Media Coverage’ link to view all media coverage The Many Hands project has received.

The Many Hands Project and Event Management students were also interviewed for TVCogeco’s “What’s New” discussing the project and upcoming fundraising events which will air the following dates:

  • Wednesday Feb.3 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

For all Groundbreaking Ceremony Pictures please visit our Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


The Many Hands Project would like to thank all of their partners and supporters of this years project:


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