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NIAGARA COLLEGE MEDIA RELEASE

March 12, 2018

STUDENT-DRIVEN FUNDRAISERS BUILD ON TWO DECADES OF NIAGARA COLLEGE’S COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY

The flagship event for this semester is Soups, Stews & Brews, a food and drink marketplace that is scheduled for March 23 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Market Square in St. Catharines. All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly towards Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, the 2018 recipient of the college’s Many Hands Project.

In addition, the event management students have been planning two additional fundraisers taking place in April to help the Niagara College Student Administrative Council’s (NCSAC) Nourishing Minds program, a food bank program for students who struggle with food insecurity:

Sip and Stretch – an evening session of yoga with complimentary beverages and appetizers.
Rockway Vineyards, St. Catharines
April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

Spring to the Market – a hands-on marketplace featuring food, fashion and cosmetic vendors as well as DIY workshops.
Club Italia, Niagara Falls
April 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Starting with no budget, the students build all aspects of their campaign from the ground up, from venue selection, sponsorship, fundraising, social media, marketing and execution.

“I am extremely proud of the students and their commitment to the Niagara community,” said Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “The Event Management students exemplify the learning in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, which enables students to have hands on experiences that equip them for their future careers.  The work of the  Many Hands project has affected many people and organizations in Niagara and the work of the students has a lasting effect on  the community and  amongst the students involved”.

The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport has a longstanding record of community involvement, either through the event management program or Many Hands.

Launched in 1998, the Many Hands Project has made a lasting impact on the Niagara region through the creative efforts of NC students and faculty to bring the community together in support of non-profit organizations.

In the past five years alone, Many Hands has raised over $150,000 for local non-profit agencies and students have given 42,000 hours volunteer placement work to the community through the program.

For more information on these events, visit http://manyhandsevents.wixsite.com/mhpevents/2018-events.

 

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed. Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Event Management is a one-year Graduate Certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok
Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca


Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold selected as Niagara College’s Many Hands recipient

 Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold has been selected as the 21st recipient of Niagara College’s Many Hands project. The annual project sees Niagara College students support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency.

In the Spring of 2018, students in NC’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program will plan, manage and host a fundraising event to help Community Care.

“Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold is extremely pleased to have been identified as the recipient of the Many Hands Project this year.  It further solidifies the strong partnership the agency has with Niagara College,” said Community Care Executive Director Betty-Lou Souter. “We look forward to working with the College on this exciting venture. We are confident it will make a difference to the people served by the agency.”

Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project, selected by the project committee, must be not-for-profit, provide community-based services in Niagara, and must be willing to commit agencies resources to the project.

“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, and when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Coordinator for the college’s Event Management program. “We are excited to partner with Community Care as they provide community support across Niagara.”

This year, the program has shifted focus to smaller scale projects designed to aid community agencies with their programming, marketing, and public awareness.

“Shifting to refocus back to smaller, more community-minded projects really allows Many Hands to provide help where it’s most needed,” said Blane. “As our projects have grown in scope over the last few years, we’ve entered a space that’s also being served by other community agencies. That helped us realize that we could make the biggest impact with the resources we have by focusing on smaller projects supporting agencies with their programming. Our focus is always to lend a hand to the organizations who do such great work in Niagara, while at the same time giving our students important hands-on experience and a chance to make a tangible difference in their community. Shifting focus to support Community Care’s programming allows us to maintain the student/organization collaboration that’s always been at the core of Many Hands.”

More information about the Many Hands project can be found at niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed. Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Event Management is a one-year Graduate Certificate program within NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok
Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca


 

NIAGARA COLLEGE MEDIA RELEASE

January 13, 2016

Twenty years of community partnership celebrated as Niagara College launches Many Hands at Hotel Dieu

(Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) Niagara College and partners Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Centre and the Canadian Tire Bank today launched the 20th annual Many Hands project in St. Catharines.

Hotel Dieu was selected as this year’s Many Hands’ recipient in an unique project that uses NC student skills to help the community.

Beginning this month, Hotel Dieu’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in NC’s Construction Renovation Technician program that will see the creation of a physical market place where patients can relearn daily living skills, such as shopping, banking and restaurant dining. The project will be coordinated by NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program staff and students, and will cost an estimated $20,000.

“Our patients will benefit from this project as it will give them they skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” said Jane Rufrano, Hotel Dieu CEO.

A highlight of the project’s launch was the presentation of a cheque in the amount of $7,500 from the Canadian Tire Bank, a 20-year supporter of Many Hands.

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 and given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement to the Niagara community through Many Hands.

“The projects have been an incredible demonstration of community engagement and education,” said Christine Blane, NC professor for the event management program. “Many Hands has helped provide students with the tools required for a successful career.”

– Many Hands requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local non-profit community organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives. Agencies selected by the Many Hands project committee must be not-for-profit and involved in community-based service in the Niagara region; and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

– Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehab, complex care and geriatric services to patients in the Niagara region. www.hoteldieushaver.org

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. www.niagaracollege.ca
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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330


NIAGARA COLLEGE MEDIA RELEASE
November 3, 2016

Helping the community for 20 years
Hotel Dieu selected as Niagara College’s Many Hands renovation project

(Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been selected as the recipient of the 20th annual Niagara College ‘Many Hands’ project.

“Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s patients will benefit from this project as it will give them the skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” says Jane Rufrano, CEO of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Beginning in January, Hotel Dieu centre’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in Niagara College’s (NC) construction programs, and coordinated and supported by students in NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program.

“The Many Hands project will be creating a physical and cognitive rehabilitation space by incorporating real-world obstacles such as shopping, banking and a dining experience,” said Rufrano. “This environment will help patients relearn daily living skills and regain their independence to enable people to reach their optimal level of health and well-being.”

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 for local non-profit agencies and have given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement work to the community through the program.

“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, that when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Event Management Program co-ordinator.  “We are excited to partner with Hotel Dieu as they provide support to the entire Niagara region.”

The renovations to Hotel Dieu will include the creation of ‘The Marketplace’ in which Construction Renovation Technician students will design the space to include walls, flooring and doors, as well as space for grocery items, a freezer, a restaurant booth and an ATM.

The announcement of this year’s project was made at a breakfast today hosted by Niagara College.

 

Background:

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to patients from the Niagara region.  It is located in St. Catharines. http://www.hoteldieushaver.org

The Many Hands project requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives.

Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project, selected by the project committee, must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. http://www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. www.niagaracollege.ca

For more information, contact:

Christine Blane
Coordinator, Event Management Program
905-641-2252, ext. 4466

Jane Rufrano
CEO
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
905-685-1381 x 84871


NIAGARA COLLEGE MEDIA ADVISORY

Transformed Hope Centre to be revealed April 16

Significant improvements to Welland’s Hope Centre, transformed through applied learning thanks to Niagara College’s Many Hands Project, will be revealed during a special ceremony on April 16.

Students from Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs planned and carried out an extensive renovation of The Hope Centre over the last eight months. Since a groundbreaking ceremony in January, Renovation Technician students have transformed the former medical offices in The Hope Centre into a brand new multifunctional dining area, food bank and kitchen to be used as a soup kitchen and for culinary training. Second-year Landscape Technician students also installed student-designed landscaping to beautify the front entrance of the King Street facility.

Saturday’s event will include tours of the renovated facility along with remarks from representatives of The Hope Centre, Niagara College, the City of Welland and Canadian Tire Bank – the founding and lead sponsor of the Many Hands Project. The ceremony will be followed by a community lunch.

The Hope Centre is a non-profit social service organization that provides support to citizens of Welland and the Niagara region who deal with daily issues of hunger, poverty, and homelessness.

Currently in its 19th year, The Many Hands Project is a renovation project led by students in Niagara College’s the Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs. Each year, a local non-profit organization is selected by the Many Hands Committee to undergo significant renovations that enhance its ability to serve the community. Together, students plan and execute the entire process including: fundraising, completing the desired renovations, volunteer recruitment, and promotion.

WHO:
Students and faculty from Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs
Hope Centre staff
Hope Centre executive director Mark Carl
Niagara College president Dan Patterson
City of Welland vice mayor Leo Van Vliet
Stephanie Leheta, manager, Customer Experience & Continuous Improvement, Canadian Tire Bank

WHAT:
Many Hands Project reveal day

WHERE:

The Hope Centre, 570 King St., Welland

WHEN:
Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca


NC KICKS OFF 19TH MANY HANDS PROJECT AT WELLAND’S HOPE CENTRE

Niagara College’s 19th annual Many Hands project officially kicked off today at the Hope Centre in Welland.

Over the next three months, students from Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs will execute and support a series of renovations at the Hope Centre – a non-profit agency that provides services and support to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty-related issues.

“The Many Hands Project has given new hope to the people of Welland,” said Mark Carl, the Hope Centre’s executive director. “Without this important work, we would not be able to transform The Hope Centre into a vibrant new community hub. I am excited about the work ahead and am grateful to The Many Hands Project for this opportunity.”

Renovations of the Hope Centre will include the demolition of existing medical office space to be remodeled into a commercial kitchen and multi-function dining area. The space will serve as The Hope Centre’s soup kitchen, which currently takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. The construction project that has an estimated value of $55,000 will be completed by Renovation Technician students.

Students of the Event Management program will support the project by running a series of fundraising events that include; Messy Hands for Many Hands – a chicken wing competition on March 19, 2016; Bet on It Trivia – traditional trivia with a twist of luck on April 1, 2016; Many Hands Market – a buy and do-it-yourself marketplace on April 3, 2016; and We Got Soul – a blues and jazz experience on April 7, 2016. For details on the 2016 fundraisers and the Many Hands Project visit http://niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

“The Many Hands Project has become a very special project, because it combines hands-on instruction and experience for our students with important lessons in community service,” said Christine Blane, professor and program coordinator, Niagara College’s Event Management program. “Our students are very excited about the opportunity to work with The Hope Centre to improve its facilities and enhance the agency’s ability to serve members of our community.”

Each year, one local non-profit organization is chosen by the Many Hands Committee to undergo significant renovations designed to enhance its ability to serve the community. Together, students plan and execute the entire process including: the four fundraising events, completing the desired renovations, involving the community through volunteer recruitment and raising awareness for the non-profit organization.
Dave Defilice, Canadian Tire Bank’s vice president of Customer Service and Operations presented the students with a $7,500 donation in support of the Hope Centre renovations as well as a remodeling of Sydney’s Room at Heartland Forest. Canadian Tire Bank is the founding and lead sponsor of the Many Hands Project.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca


 

WELLAND’S HOPE CENTRE SELECTED AS 2016 MANY HANDS RECIPIENT

With the theme of Hope, Heart and Hands, Niagara College’s Many Hands committee has selected The Hope Centre in Welland as the recipient of the 19th annual Many Hands Project. The community-based agency is committed to creating positive opportunities for vulnerable people in the community.

Beginning in January 2016, the Hope Centre’s King Street facilities will undergo a series of renovations performed mainly by students in Niagara College’s Renovation Technician program, and coordinated, supported and funded by students in NC’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program.

“Many Hands has been a key element in our program for almost 20 years,” said Christine Blane, professor and program-coordinator in the Event Management program. “It provides the real-world experience that is at the heart of applied education; encourages collaboration and cooperation between different disciplines; and it enhances lives in our community.”

The Hope Centre is committed to assisting and strengthening the community by attending to the basic needs of its vulnerable citizens. Its services and supports for individuals and families struggling with poverty range from a soup kitchen, food bank and housing stabilization to providing safe places for individuals to learn and master new skills that enhance employability and build resilience.

“We at The Hope Centre are so overwhelmed with feelings of pride and gratitude for being chosen as the Many Hands recipient,” said Hope Centre executive director Mark Carl. “With the help of Niagara College and the Many Hands Project, we are moving closer to our vision of a community social service hub assisting clients in need under one roof.”

Many Hands serves as the cornerstone of the Event Management program. Students are required to plan, develop, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students. Since 1998, the Many Hands Project has supported 18 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects, which enhance program and service delivery.

The renovations to the Hope Centre performed by Renovation Technician students will include the demolition of existing medical office space that will be reconfigured into a commercial kitchen and dining room for 60 people for the Hope Centre’s soup kitchen.  To complete the scope of these renovations, the students will construct new walls, install new ceilings, lay flooring and apply paint and trim to complete the project.

Event Management students will support the project by running a series of fundraising events that include; We Got Soul – a blues and jazz experience; Messy Hands for Many Hands – a chicken wing competition; Bet on it Trivia – traditional trivia with a twist; and The Many Hands Market – a buy and do-it-yourself marketplace.  For details on the fundraisers and the Many Hands Project visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhands

The students have also committed to supporting improvements to Sydney’s Room at the Heartland Forest Nature Experience – a wetland area in Niagara Falls that includes Carolinian forest, trails, ponds, wildlife and educational activities. Named for the founder’s granddaughter, Sydney’s room is a special accessible facility for children with disabilities.

The agencies that benefit from the Many Hands Project are selected by the project committee, and must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara Region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include

food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca