- Rob Beyer (Business), executive chairman of Villgro Kenya;
- David McIlvride (Creative Arts and Design), Gemini award-winning director;
- Rose DiMarco (Community Services), chief superintendent and regional commander of the Central Region Ontario Provincial Police;
- Derek Christensen (Health), regional educator of mental health and addiction services at Niagara Health;
- Ben Laurence (Recent Graduate), structural technical designer for aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin; and
- Blake Merritt (Technology), vice-president of IT infrastructure and cloud computing at Meridian Credit Union.
Submitted by Foundation and Alumni Relations:
Thank you to Lincoln Garden Club and Horticultural Society for its continued support.
Lincoln Garden Club and Horticultural Society has been a long-time generous supporter of Niagara College students and the School of Horticulture. Since 2002, the Club has donated annually towards purchasing greenhouse equipment, renovating the design studio, establishing campus gardens, and maintaining the ecological wetlands. In 2010, Lincoln Garden Club established an endowed fund for students in horticulture, greenhouse and Landscape Technician programs. Interest from this fund provides an annual bursary in perpetuity to help students in financial need.
An outdoor learning space has been dedicated to a long-time College supporter: The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation.
Located on the wetlands at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the site was recently named in honour of the Foundation following its $100,000 donation to the College for equipment earlier this year.
“Education and the environment are pillars for charitable giving for The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation, so we thought it would be fitting to name our ‘living classroom’ in recognition of the Foundation’s strong support for our College,” said Helen Armstrong, development officer, Foundation and Alumni Relations.
Board members of The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation Suzie Bowles and Sue Burch – who is an environmental engineer at Resolute Forest Products – visited the NOTL Campus for the sign reveal on October 13, and spoke to Environmental Technician students gathered for class at the site.
Associate dean of the College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies Al Unwin noted that the outdoor classroom plays an important role for college students, staff and the community.
”We are grateful for The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation’s generous support and are honoured to dedicate this site in their name,” said Unwin. “Since its construction in 1999, our environment students use this classroom for soil and water sampling, species identification and ecosystem restoration. This hands-on experience is what makes Niagara College so unique, and prepares our students for entering the workforce with relevant experience and skills.”
Since 1979, The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation has donated $600,000 to the College. It has supported 112 scholarships/ bursaries for students in environmental programs, several capital campaigns, as well as donations of gifts-in-kind.
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