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Feel the love for craft beer at Project Brew April 20

 

Brewmaster students from Niagara College are set to serve up their visions of peace and love in a glass at Project Brew April 20.

Project Brew BruStock will be held on Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Market Square. Eighteen one-of-a-kind beers crafted by students in their final term of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be on tap at the evening event. Brews will be accompanied by live music, food vendors and games.

The event is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery, while graduating students showcase what they have learned.

April Tyrrell is the faculty advisor for the event. “Through Project Brew, our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students get hands-on experience, not only creating original beers from scratch, but also in planning and executing a full-fledged public event,” said Tyrrell. “This edition’s BruStock theme promises to be an especially fun way for the community to see the skills these students have learned, and try some seriously groovy one-off brews.”

Student event chair Joe Hamilton reiterated the wide-ranging experience gained by the students through the event. “The Project Brew event is a culmination of 16 months of work for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations students.  While exceptional planning and execution has gone into the beer that will be presented, the venue and event planning will make for a memorable evening for everyone,” said Hamilton.

Proceeds from Project Brew support the Matt Soos Memorial Fund, which awards a scholarship each year to the student who brews the best beer at the College’s Annual Brewmaster Competition.  Established by Muskoka Brewery and Railway City Brewing, the scholarship is in memory of Matt Soos who died at the age of 26 in August 2015, just a year after he graduated from the program.

Tickets for Project Brew BruStock are $20 in advance (online) or $25 at the door (limited; must be 19 years of age or older with valid photo ID). Admission includes a commemorative sample glass, and four drink tokens.

Meet the brewers, get a sneak peek at the brews, order tickets or access additional event details at https://vnmanga.info/projectbrew/

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit

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 vnmanga.info.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 7430

Cell: 111 329-1642

[email protected]

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications 

Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773

Cell: 111.328.4101

[email protected]

Niagara College’s Green Automotive Technology Lab officially opens

 

Students in Niagara College’s Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, Motive Power Technician, and Motive Power Techniques programs are surging ahead of their competition in tomorrow’s automotive industry, thanks to new technology and facilities available through NC’s Green Automotive Technology Lab.

The Lab and will be critical in preparing students in NC’s Motive Power programs for the rapidly evolving automotive sector by giving them access to the technology and tools that are driving that change.

In 2016, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley announced $1.4 million of provincial funding for construction of the Lab through Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program. The lab was officially opened at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon, which saw a mock fuel pump give way to one of the lab’s electric vehicle charging stations in dramatic fashion.

“I was pleased that our government has made a major investment to ensure Niagara apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved facilities and training programs give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy,” said MPP Bradley.

In addition to classroom space, the 3,600 square-foot addition to the Rankin Technology Centre at NC’s Welland Campus boasts electric vehicle charging stations, hybrid and electric motor diagnostic and simulation tools, and is home to several donated hybrid and fully electric vehicles that allow students unfettered access to the technology that will dominate the roads of the future.

The lab also features and tools and equipment to help students explore the future of ethanol, propane, diesel and other alternative fuel technologies, as well as autonomous, self-parking and collision-avoidance technologies.

The Green Automotive Technology Lab will also be a hub for research activities into the future of automotive technology, working in concert with NC’s Welcomed stronger if division.

 “The cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking facilities in this new lab reflect Niagara College’s pre-emptive approach to applied education, which ensures our graduates are ready for the workplaces not only of today, but of tomorrow as well,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson.

Christenah D’Archi is one of the students already benefitting from the new lab. In her second year of NC’s Motive Power Technician program, Christenah spoke about the new technologies and tool in the lab are helping her jump-start her career.

“This is technology and equipment that’s fast becoming the norm in the automotive industry,” said D’Archi. “This new facility, as well as our extremely talented faculty and our industry partners, I and my classmates will be graduating with the skills and knowledge we need to become leaders in the swiftly evolving automotive industry.”

The Green Automotive Technology Lab is part of Niagara College’s $64 million campus redevelopment project that will provide new and expanded facilities at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses to support growth, enhance the student experience, and expand Niagara College’s research and innovation capabilities. Learn more at https://vnmanga.info/campusredevelopment

Niagara College’s Motive Power Technician (Co-op) and Motive Power Techniques-Automotive programs prepare students for a successful career in the fast-paced and technologically advancing automotive industry. Successful graduates go on to pursue careers across Canada as automotive service technicians, service managers and advisors and more.

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 vnmanga.info.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 7430

Cell: 111 329-1642

[email protected]

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773

Cell: 111.328.4101

[email protected]

Learn what your signature says about your personality with Jamie Cohen April 11

 

 

He has analyzed the handwriting of Terry Fox, Oprah, Kate Middleton, Beyonce, Donald Trump, Tom Brady, Roger Federer, Meghan Markle, Ryan Gosling, and many more … you could be next!

One of the world’s most in-demand handwriting analysts, Jamie Mason Cohen, is coming to Niagara College on April 11 for a free speaking event. The college community and the public will have a rare opportunity to see Cohen deliver his fun, interactive keynote, What Your Signature Says About Your Personality, that has wowed audiences throughout North America and the U.K. 

Attend and:

* Discover which of the eight core, leadership traits you may have in your handwriting;

* See which handwriting traits you have in common with world-renowned leaders;

* Learn how to instantly change a handwriting stroke to change a habit that’s holding you back; and

* Following his 30-to-45 minute keynote address, some guests will have an opportunity to get a one-on-one speed handwriting analysis done.

The event will be held at the Welland Campus Applied Health Institute (AHI 141) on April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parking is free.

The event is family friendly – appropriate for teens to grandparents alike – and promises to have guests leaving of a better understanding of themselves than when they walked in.

A certified handwriting analyst and leadership expert, Cohen, who once worked for Saturday Night Live, is known as one the most watched analysts of his kind in the media today. He has been featured on TV shows including The Social, Global’s The Morning Show; in articles including Forbes, and The Daily Express in the UK; and has been a hit with TEDx talk audiences. Learn more about Jamie Mason Cohen on his website:

Find out what all the buzz is about and register to attend today.

Register now

The event is free of charge but seats are limited; register in advance through Eventbrite at:

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 vnmanga.info.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 7430

Cell: 111 329-1642

[email protected]

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773

Cell: 111.328.4101

[email protected]

Tours, events, information sessions and more on tap for Spring Open House March 24

Get an inside look at your future at Niagara College this Saturday. Enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, both of NC’s cutting-edge campuses, and meet the faculty and staff that make it all possible at NC’s Spring Open House, Saturday, March 24.

In addition to a wide variety of displays, information sessions, live events and facility tours, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, experience the remarkable facilities and services we have on campus, and get a taste for what Niagara College is all about,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “There’s no better time than the Open House to explore your future at Niagara College.”

Help usher in spring early with a landscaping demonstration at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, and plant sales at both campuses. Easter lilies, hydrangeas and more will be on offer, in addition to the landscaping skills of NC’s students and faculty. Tours and tastings will be on-tap in Niagara-on-the-Lake at NC’s Teaching Brewery and Teaching Winery, as well as bread-making and charcuterie demonstrations in the recently renovated wing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Visit the Welland Campus for a scene study in the Acting Lab, tour a mock courtroom, and see construction materials being tested in the Materials Lab.

Student life at NC will also be on display through Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council, who will be offering free ice cream from Marble Slab, as well as a Get Your Game On interactive gaming room.

Program Information Sessions will cover everything you need to know about the experience of studying at NC, while a student services fair will bring you up to speed on the supports and services available to students. Check the program schedule to find times and dates for specific sessions. Parents can stop by a new Parent Lounge and Parent Information Sessions for a look inside what life as an NC parent is like.

Parking is free during the event. Advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores.

For more information, visit: vnmanga.info/openhouse

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 vnmanga.info.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications/Media Advisor

Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 7430

Cell: 111 329-1642

[email protected]

 

Michael Wales

Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         

Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773

Cell: 111.328.4101

[email protected]

 

NC SOH 2018

Niagara College greens its way to a Canadian first with Audubon certification

Niagara College has become the first postsecondary educational institution in Canada to be designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

The College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus has achieved the designation through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program. It is the eighth property in Canada and the 37th in the world to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

The College was commended for projects it has undertaken to enhance its wildlife habitat, achieve sensitive maintenance practices and inform people about its commitment to environmental quality.

“Niagara College Canada is an exemplary Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” said Jessica Latus, director of Sustainable Community Programs at Audubon International. “The work of both students and faculty in creating an environment that is both conducive to learning while simultaneously offering habitat to wildlife is phenomenal. We can all learn from the progressive nature of Niagara College’s efforts in being a leader in sustainability.”

To reach certification, a property must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water quality and conservation, resource management, and outreach and education. Properties go through a recertification process every three years.

“Being certified by Audubon International is a fantastic recognition of the environmental and sustainable practices that Niagara College has developed over the years to ensure a living lab campus that continues to apply best practices through curriculum and experiential learning,” said Judy Johnson, landscape operations supervisor at NC. Johnson also received an Environmental Stewardship Award from Audubon International for her work to obtain the campus’ sanctuary designation.

The College’s certification involved a variety of programs and departments across the College, primarily the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, and the NC Sustainability department. It also included the NC Greenhouse, Facilities Management Services, the resource committee, grounds committee and grounds staff.

Alan Unwin, associate dean of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, said the certification is a strong illustration of the College’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

“All that we have achieved has been while ensuring that students are maximizing the use of our campus as a truly beautiful living laboratory,” said Unwin. “We are proud of this recognition but it will only inspire us to do more to protect and enhance the diversity of life that exists at this campus well into the future while involving students in every possible way.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides information and guidance to help businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, parks, and other properties from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program. Visit .

Niagara College offers more than 111 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 vnmanga.info.

 

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Al Unwin, associate dean of the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies (right) with faculty members Mylee Nordin and Margaret Pickles (pictured left) tour Audubon’s director of Sustainable Community Programs Jessica Latus (middle) around the NOTL Campus grounds for Audubon’s on-site audit in late September.

 

Student Katie Bristow (left) shows Jessica Latus, Audubon International director of Sustainable Community Programs, around the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus for Audubon’s on-site audit in late September.    

 

Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok
Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 111 641-1152 ext. 7430
Cell: 111 329-1642
[email protected]

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Strike Vote Result Increases Likelihood of Strike by College Faculty

The College Employer Council Media Release:

Toronto – September 14, 2017: Ontario college faculty voted in support of strike action, which increases the potential of a strike across Ontario’s colleges.

“A strike is unnecessary and would be terrible news for our students who will be concerned about the impact on their studies,” said Sonia Del Missier, Chair of the Colleges’ Bargaining Team. “The parties remain far apart on key issues of salary, staffing, governance and academic delivery.”

The colleges’ offer of a 7.5% salary increase over four years, a new maximum salary of $115,094, a lump sum payment, benefit enhancements, and no concessions remains in place until September 29, 2017. The colleges’ offer is in line with other recent settlements by public servants, teachers, and college support staff.

The union’s proposals would increase costs by $400 million annually, change the governance of colleges, and restrict the colleges from overseeing academic delivery.

The union tabled a salary demand of more than 10% over three years.

“The strike vote outcome does not give the colleges any more money nor change the colleges’ ability to accept the union’s demands,” said Ms. Del Missier. “The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.”

The colleges and the union will return to the bargaining table on September 18.

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For more information:

David Scott

416-786-1641

[email protected]

 

FAQs

Will there be a strike?

The union will decide to take faculty out on strike or not.

Our main concern is the education of our students.

We understand that news articles and commentary that refer to the possibility of a strike by college faculty might concern students.

There is no reason for a strike.

The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

Why can’t you accept OPSEU’s positions?

The union’s proposals would increase costs by $400 million annually, change the governance of colleges, and restrict the colleges from overseeing academic delivery.

The union tabled a salary demand of more than 10% over three years.

The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

Will you modify your position if OPSEU threatens a strike?

There is no reason for a strike.

The colleges have made an offer of settlement that provides a 7.5% salary increase with a new maximum of $115,094, a lump sum payment, and benefit enhancements.

The colleges’ offer is in line with other recent settlements by public servants, teachers, and college support staff.

What happens if you can’t reach a settlement?

The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

It will be up to OPSEU if they choose to take their members out on strike.

When will a strike happen?

It will be up to OPSEU if they choose to take their members out on strike.

The union must provide colleges with five days’ notice before they can legally strike.

The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

What happens to my year if there is a strike?

Regardless of how events unfold, we will ensure that each student will have the opportunity to complete the year.

No Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike.

Should I wait to start my program until I know if there will be a strike?

No. We ask students to continue with their studies.

Our main concern is the education of our students.

We understand that news articles and commentary about a strike vote by college faculty can cause concern.

Regardless of how events unfold, please remember that no Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike.

What is in the colleges’ offer?

The colleges have made an offer of settlement that provides a 7.5% salary increase with a new maximum of $115,094, a lump sum payment, and benefit enhancements.

We have not asked for any concessions from faculty.

The colleges’ offer is in line with other recent settlements by public servants, teachers, and college support staff.

Why aren’t you bargaining?

The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

The colleges and union are scheduled to go back to the bargaining table for the last two weeks of September.

Why have you not given the faculty members a chance to vote on the offer?

The union is responsible for the collective bargaining process for their members.

Unfortunately, the union has not taken our offer to its members and instead has chosen to proceed with a strike vote.

The union can put the offer of settlement forward to its members for acceptance at any time.

Déjà brew: Niagara College Teaching Brewery wins again at U.S. Open Beer Championship

Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery professors and students are celebrating another round of success at the 2017 United States Open Beer Championship.

NC’s Teaching Brewery earned two bronze medals at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship earlier this month. More than 6,000 beers representing more than 111 different styles from breweries from around the world were submitted into this year’s competition to be considered by judges from England, Canada and the United States. 

Out of the 24 medals won by Canadian breweries, NC’s Teaching Brewery earned two bronze medals – one for its Beer 101 Bitter and another for its Beer 101 Strong. This marks two years in a row and three years out of four that Beer 101 Strong has earned bronze at the U.S. Open. It is the ninth award in five years for Beer101 Bitter, which is also sold in bottles as Butler’s Bitter.

The Beer 101 Strong is a strong British ale brewed to be blended in other beers or served on special occasions. Originally brewed as a Christmas celebration ale, the brew was so popular, it was brought back and renamed. The brew has won five awards to date: gold (2016) at the Ontario Brewing Awards, silver (2015) at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup, and three bronze medals (2014 as Brewmaster Strong, 2015 and 2017) at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.

The multiple award-winning Beer 101 Bitter — which captured bronze in the Bitter category – was created in 2012 (as Butler’s Bitter) to celebrate the bicentennial of the war of 1812. With a 4.4% alcohol content, this English style Bitter has won numerous contests already including gold (2012), silver (2011, 2013, 2015) and bronze (2013) at the U.S. Open, gold (2013) and silver (2017) at the Ontario Brewing awards, gold at the Canadian Brewing awards (2013), silver 2013 and bronze (2014) at the Dublin Beer Cup (2013), and bronze at the World Beer Championships (2014).

“The fact that brews win in multiple years shows that the students are learning how to brew consistent high quality beers,” said NC brewmaster and professor Jon Downing. “Different groups of students or classes have brewed every single one of our entries.”

Downing who serves as director of judging for the U.S. Open Beer Championships – but is not involved with judging entries from the NC Teaching Brewery – travelled to Oxford, Mississippi for the competition judging. He was accompanied by 15 students from the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who had the opportunity to help facilitate judging and serve samples, among other duties.

“Having the students participate in the judging is a great real world experience for them,” said Downing “Apart from the exposure to many different beers, breweries and the sensory training that enhances, they also have the opportunity to judge with educators, owners, brewers, writers and many other great beer folk.”

For Mike Lyons, who worked as a medic/firefighter in the Alberta Oil fields before enrolling in the two-year Brewmaster program at NC, it was the second time he had the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

“As a student in the program, it is amazing to see the College place in a couple categories,” Lyons said. “It is reassuring that the beers we are making are not only providing us with valuable knowledge and experience, but the final product is at a comparable level of quality to great craft breweries across North America and the world.

“I think it gives a lot of merit to the program at Niagara College and legitimizes its place as an important member of Ontario’s craft beer industry.”

In addition to the two winning beers from its Teaching Brewery, Niagara College’s research division developed another beer which won gold in the non-alcoholic category: MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager (Hill Street Beverage, Canada). More than three years ago, MADD Virgin Drinks turned to Research & Innovation at Niagara College (formerly Niagara Research) to develop a beer with 0% alcohol. In addition to college researchers, product development tapped into the expertise of staff and students at the NC Teaching Brewery.

For info about the U.S. Open Beer Championship visit

 

Niagara College medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

2011
Silver, First Draft Ale (Bitter)
Silver, Stomp (Old Ale)
Bronze, Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale (Barley Wine)

2012
Gold, Butler’s Bitter (Bitter)
Gold, Helenboch (Munich Helles)
Silver, First Draft Ale (English Summer Ale)
Silver, Bertwell’s Rudolph’s (Wood/Barrel Aged)

NC Teaching Brewery ranked No. 6 brewery in competition

2013
Silver, First Draft Ale (English Summer Ale)
Bronze, Butler’s Bitter (Bitter)
Bronze, Brewmaster Wheat (German Wheat Beer)

2014
Bronze, Brewmaster Strong (Old Ale)

2015
Gold, Brewmaster Stout (Foreign Stout)
Silver, Butler’s Bitter/BEER 101 Bitter (Bitter)
Bronze, Liqueur de Malt (American Imperial Pilsner) 

2016
Bronze, Beer 101 Strong Ale (Old Ale)

NC’s award-winning brews are available for purchase at the NC Teaching Brewery retail outlet located at 111 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake. The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Julie Greco

Communications specialist

Office: 111-111-1111 x 7368

Cell: 111-328-2532

[email protected]

Welland family gets keys to their new Habitat home built in partnership with Niagara College

 

Juan Pablo, Luz and their children receive the keys to their new home, on July 6 at Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s Home Dedication Ceremony. The modular house was built by Niagara College students at the Welland Campus, then transported to its permanent site in April where the finishing touches were completed.

NC faculty member Colin Robinson addresses the crowd on July 6, speaking about how meaningful the College’s involvement with Habitat Niagara is to him and his students.

The dream finally came true for Juan, Luz and their three children as they opened the door to their brand new home on July 6 during Habitat Niagara’s Home Dedication Ceremony.

Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the second modular home the students built on campus at the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College. This past spring, the house was transported in pieces to its permanent site on Sauer Avenue with the help of Empire Transportation and Modern Crane and assembled onsite by the professional framers from Dave Wiens Construction.

“The construction of this home is a testament to what our students can achieve when they are equipped with the tools that a NC applied learning experience provides, in the classroom and beyond,” said Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “We take tremendous pride in the fact that the skills they gained through this project will not only help lead them to career success, but demonstrate the values of hard work and commitment to community that we hope they will carry with them long after they graduate.”

As part of Habitat’s home ownership program, families are required to commit 500 hours of ‘sweat-equity’ helping build their homes alongside Build Day participants who fundraise to be on the build site. Juan and Luz completed their required hours in April and continued to volunteer until the house was finished in early July.

“Having a combination of students and community participants build this house really makes an impact and brings a sense of pride to individuals,” said Alastair Davis, Habitat Niagara’s CEO. “They were all part of something bigger than themselves. They built a solid house for this family to flourish and become self-reliant, while learning unique hands-on training of what it’s like to build a house.”

“Enriching lives and fulfilling dreams’ is our vision at Niagara College and our involvement with Habitat Niagara enables us to do just that –for our students and for the local community,” said Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College dean of Media, Trades and Technology.

Habitat doesn’t give its houses to families. Qualified families purchase their Habitat home with an affordable, no-down payment, 0% interest mortgage for 15 years. Homeowners also pay property taxes on their home, contributing to the local economy.

Habitat would like to thank their other home sponsors and partners for their generous support and contributions to this build: The City of Welland; Niagara Region; Niagara Regional Housing; Niagara Association of Realtors; Ontario Power Generation; Genworth Canada; Cotton Inc; Dave Wiens Construction and the Niagara Volunteer Framing Crew, Wine Rack; Alectra; Niagara Casinos; Giant Tiger; Cabico; Niagara College; Empire Transportation; Modern Crane; and Pollard Windows and Doors.

 

 

About Habitat for Humanity Niagara

Habitat Niagara builds decent, and affordable houses and provides no-down-payment, interest-free mortgages to qualifying families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own homes. Habitat is not a giveaway program –we provide ᾮa hand up not a hand outᾯ. Established locally in 1993, Habitat Niagara will be constructing its 57thhome in Niagara later this year. Habitat for Humanity Niagara also operates a retail outlet –the ReStore –selling donated new and used building materials, hardware, appliances, and home supplies. Revenue from the ReStore supports our overhead costs ensuring that every donated dollar goes directly to building affordable homes for families. The Niagara ReStores are located at 150 Bunting Road, St. Catharines and 2499 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill, with a third store opening soon at 185South Service Road in Grimsby.

 

About Niagara College:

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit vnmanga.info.

 

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

From Habitat for Humanity Niagara:

Dawn Marie Cavasin

Manager, Development & Communications Office:

111-685-7395 x204Cell: 289-990-2556

[email protected]

 

From Niagara College:

Susan McConnell

Media advisor

111-641-1152 x 4330

Cell: 111-933-6259

[email protected]

Award-winning journalist Murray Brewster returns to alma mater for Spring Convocation

“I envy you. Because you are at the beginning of the adventure.”

Those were the words of award-winning journalist Murray Brewster as he addressed more than 900 new graduates from Niagara College’s schools of Media, Trades and Technology on June 23.

For Brewster, it was the first return to his alma mater since he graduated from the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program in 1985. Since then, the Welland native – who grew up just a few blocks away from campus – built a successful career in broadcasting and print journalism which has taken him all over the world, including 15 months in Afghanistan travelling with troops during the five-year Kandahar combat mission. That experience was the subject of his book, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, (2011), and he was the lead writer on the documentary Kandahar Journals.

After more than a decade at The Canadian Press, Brewster moved on to his current position at CBC News in Ottawa last year, where he is a senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer. Here, he has come to appreciate the insight of his new, younger colleagues in the newsroom.

Brewster told the young graduates, as they enter their careers, not to assume that experienced, well-travelled journalists like himself have all the answers.

“There is so much I can learn from you. And there is so much you can teach me – and my generation,” he said.

Brewster encouraged the new graduates to not give into the anger, the cynicism, the intolerance and ugliness that is prevalent in the world.

“If there is one thing my generation has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the greater our knowledge has become, the more our ignorance has shown itself,” he said. “Just hold onto the person you are today. Don’t let go of the optimism and passion that brought you to this moment.”

He told them that “people will judge you more for the content of your character than the content of your resume.” He advised them to never be afraid to speak their minds or stand up for what is right, oppose for the sake of opposing, or find fault in someone else’s argument without offering an alternative.

“Remember, civility is not a sign of weakness.”

His major pearl of wisdom to the graduates: “Don’t feed the trolls,” he said, referring to those who intentionally cause disruption and argument on social media.

Brewster told the young graduates that his generation is depending on them to do the right thing, fix their mistakes, and not make too many of their own. He said he looked forward to hearing their insight and seeing the world through their eyes.

“I look forward to you proving that respect for diversity is truly a strength and not a political slogan,” he said. “I look forward to you creating a world where strength is paired with wisdom.

“In other words: I look forward to you not feeding the trolls.”

Brewster received a Distinguished Alumni Award during the ceremony.

The event capped off 2017 Spring Convocation Ceremonies at Niagara College which celebrated more than 4,600 new graduates – a record number—from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.

Previous ceremonies

The ceremonies kicked off on June 20 with speaker, Patrick Whalen, director of The Global Tourism Institute at Niagara University, who received an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management. On June 21, former deputy minister and Deborah Newman, distinguished visiting professor, Ryerson University addressed graduates at the morning ceremony; and John Ferguson, CEO and president of Purolator Courier addressed graduates in the afternoon . Both of the day’s guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

On June 11, the College welcomed former Ontario minister of education Sean Conway, visiting professor at Ryerson University, who received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies at the morning ceremony. Derek McNally, executive vice president of Clinical Services, as well as a chief nursing executive at Niagara Health System, received an honorary diploma in Health Studies at the afternoon ceremony.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 111 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

View previous Spring Convocation releases:

https://vnmanga.info/blog/2017/06/11/convocation-day-3-health-community-take-centre-stage/

https://vnmanga.info/blog/2017/06/21/convocation-day-2-speakers-inspire-new-grads-dream-big/

https://vnmanga.info/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

https://vnmanga.info/blog/2017/06/20/niagara-college-kicks-off-spring-convocation-ceremonies/

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Meet NC’s 2017 Spring Convocation speakers

Niagara College is celebrating Spring Convocation with a  roster of distinguished guest speakers. Find out who they are for each of our ceremonies below.
Day 1: Tuesday, June 20, 3 p.m. ceremony:

Patrick J. Whalen, Director Niagara Global Tourism Institute

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Tourism Management

A serial entrepreneur who has started more than 20 businesses in a variety of industries, Patrick J. Whalen is the director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute; managing partner of Capstone Scientific, LLC; and executive vice president of the Canadian American Border Trade Alliance.
Whalen served as the chief operating officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), Inc. for nearly eight years until November 2015. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, he was the unofficial ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ who worked to foster collaboration and job creation on the campus and throughout the bi-national region.
Among the businesses Whalen has started is Fulfillment Systems International (FSI), a technology driven logistics services provider. FSI grew from a one-person startup in 1985 to a firm with annual sales of $20 million and more than 200 employees in five locations in Canada, Europe, and the U.S.A. before being sold to UPS in 2000. It is now part of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
He currently sits on the board of directors of the Association of University Research Parks, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Canadian / American Border Trade Alliance, Western New York Public Broadcasting WNED / WBFO, New Buffalo Capital LP, Health Sciences Charter School, the Richardson Center Corporation, and the Council of the Great Lakes Region.
Whalen was the secretary of the Direct Marketing Industry Working Group in Washington, D.C., and has served on the boards of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, Rotary Club of Buffalo (twice), the American Red Cross Buffalo Chapter, Binational Tourism Alliance, Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Association (twice), Continental1, Kaleida Health Foundation, and Buffalo
Niagara WorldConnect. He was also co-chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Logistics Council, and conceptualized and co-founded Come-to America which seeks to utilize the Buffalo Niagara region’s logistics assets to attract international companies. His most recent endeavor is co-founding the Binational Welcomed stronger if Corridor which utilizes the assets in Western New York, and the Hamilton and Niagara regions in Southern Ontario.
A Rotarian since 1986, Whalen was an organizer of the new Rotary club on the BNMC, and served on its board of directors during the club’s inaugural year.
Whalen is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and attended Canisius College.

Day 2: Wednesday, June 21, 10 a.m. ceremony:

Deborah Newman: Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Public Service and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies

Deborah Newman held the position of deputy minister in the Ontario Public Service from 2005 to 2015, serving as deputy minister for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; deputy minister of Correctional Services; and deputy minister of Community Safety.
Newman’s career in the public service encompasses more than 35 years in direct service, policy development, management and executive roles in Ontario and Alberta. She has worked extensively in the justice sector as well as the advanced education sector.
The Women’s Executive Network has twice honoured Newman with a
Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 111 award. She has also received Diversity Journal’s CEO Leadership in Action award for her leadership of diversity initiatives.
Since she left the public service in spring 2015, Newman has served on an expert panel mandated to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to strengthen residential services for children and youth. She has also conducted work in the advanced education sector.
She served as an independent director on The Scarborough Hospital Board of Directors, and on the board of Springboard, a non-profit agency.
Newman is a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University,
in both the Department of Criminology and Master’s in Public
Policy program.

Wednesday, June 20, 3 p.m. ceremony:

John Ferguson, CEO and President, Purolator Courier

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies

John Ferguson is president and CEO of Purolator Inc. The leading international shipping solutions provider operates the largest network in Canada with 145 terminals, 1111 shipping centres and agents, and more than 4,000 vehicles on the road every day. Purolator is committed to contributing to the communities it serves and where its more than 10,000 employees live, work and play.
Prior to joining Purolator, Ferguson held varied and successively senior positions in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management industry over the course of his more than 25-year career; most recently, in key organizations such as SCI Logistics and Schneider Logistics.
As the president and CEO at SCI Logistics, he led the significant expansion and growth of the organization into a leader in supply chain management, e-commerce fulfilment and ‘white glove’ transportation services. Prior to SCI, Ferguson served as vice president and general manager at Schneider Logistics based in Georgia, U.S.A. He began his career at PBB Global Logistics, where he held several senior roles and served on the executive team.
Ferguson serves on the board of directors of SCI Logistics, Innovapost, and International Warehouse Logistics Association. He is also an active member in Young Presidents’ Organization and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He has previously held board of director positions with the Ontario Trucking Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association, the national board for Boy Scouts of Canada, and the Niagara College Foundation.

Day 4: Thursday, June 11 10 a.m. ceremony:

Sean Conway, Visiting Professor, Ryerson University; Public Policy Advisor, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies
Sean Conway is currently a visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
He also serves as a public policy advisor for the national law firm Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.
In 2015, he was appointed chair of the Premier’s Expert Panel on ] The Highly Skilled Workforce which reported to the Ontario Government in 2016. From 1975 to 2003, Conway served as a Liberal MPP for the Ottawa Valley. He was minister of education in the government of premier David Peterson (1985-1990).
Upon leaving the legislature, Conway received the Churchill Society’s Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy. Conway received his BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MA in history from Queen’s University.

 

Thursday, June 11, 3 p.m. ceremony:

Derek McNally, Executive Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive Niagara Health

Guest speaker and recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies

A registered nurse, Derek McNally is the executive vice president, Clinical Services, and chief nursing executive at Niagara Health. He provides professional leadership to nurses and regulated health professionals across the organization as well as operational leadership for the Clinical Services portfolio.
McNally has had a leadership role in health-care research, education, and administration for more than 30 years in both academic health sciences centers and large community hospitals. Prior to starting at Niagara Health in February 2014, McNally was the executive vice president, Clinical Services, at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He has held progressive leadership positions at Trillium Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Credit Valley Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children.
McNally received his diploma in Nursing from the Glasgow College of Nursing and Midwifery in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980, and earned his Master of Management in the International Masters in Health Leadership program at McGill University. He is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
He participates actively in the education of future health-care executives in his role as a preceptor to residents of McMaster University’s Masters in Health Administration and Business Administration programs, and leads and participates in a number of regional initiatives associated with the planning of clinical services within the Hamilton, Niagara Haldimand Brant region.
He is proud to be a strong and vocal advocate for extraordinary patient care.

Day 4: Friday, June 23, 10 a.m. ceremony:

Murray Brewster,  Journalist,  CBC News

Guest speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award

Murray Brewster is an Ottawa-based correspondent for CBC News, where he is the senior parliamentary defence and foreign policy writer.
Previously, he was senior defence writer at The Canadian Press for more than a decade. He has filed most recently from Iraq and Ukraine, and spent 15 months in Afghanistan during the five-year Kandahar combat mission, travelling with troops and unilaterally throughout the country.
His book, The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan, was published in 2011 by John Wiley and Sons, and he was the lead writer on the documentary Kandahar Journals, which aired on CBC Documentary Channel and was released in the United States during the fall of 2015.
Last fall, he also contributed to a book on former prime minister Stephen Harper’s policy legacy entitled The Harper Factor, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Brewster has won 12 regional and national Radio and Television News
Director Awards, two Atlantic Journalism Awards, and the Ross Munro (2010) Award for war corresponding. He appeared as a finalist twice in the Michener Awards for public service in journalism (1989 and 2014), and was a finalist in the National Newspaper Awards (2010) for beat reporting.
Brewster grew up in Welland and graduated from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, TV and Film program in 1985.