18th annual Niagara College Golf Classic

Join us for the 18th Annual Niagara College Golf Classic to be held at the award winning Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Fenwick on Tuesday, September 17.

Thanks to great community support in 2018, our Golf Classic raised over $57,000 for scholarships for Niagara College varsity athletes. Scholarships provide assistance to ease some of the financial burden for students who are working hard to achieve their academic goals, while meeting their athletic team commitments.

Enjoy a fun-filled day on the links with proceeds supporting scholarships for our student athletes. Start off with a delicious lunch provided by the College’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute. Our varsity golf team will be on-hand to provide clinic instructions before you head out and on the course giving golf tips as you play. Students and staff from a variety of programs will be there making this a unique experience for all, including a variety of wine, beer and ale tastings from the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Brewery. End your day with a fabulous buffet, awards, and prizes!

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon      Registration/Silent auction begins

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.           Golf Clinic with the NC Varsity Golf Team

11:00 a.m.                        Lunch begins

12:00 noon                      Tee-off

5:30 p.m.                          Dinner, Competition/Door prize/Raffle Winners announced

The Golf Classic is already 50% sold and has consistently sold out for the past several years, so please don’t delay.

We are looking forward to enjoying a wonderful day with you.

For event details visit: niagaracollege.ca/golfclassic

Contact:
Joanne Cousineau
Development and Event Coordinator
905-735-2211, ext. 7775
jcousineau@niagaracollege.ca

Segal family donates to Niagara College’s new International Centre, scholarships and Be World Ready bursaries

New facility at Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to be named Segal Family International Centre

At its Seafood Gala on the evening of April 5, Niagara College announced that the family of Keith and Sharon Segal have given more than $1 million to support international education at the College.

The generous $1,050,000 donation – half of which will support the development of, and equipment and furnishings for, NC’s new International Centre located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – was announced by College president Dan Patterson to an audience of almost 700 business, education and community leaders at the Gala, which is NC’s signature fundraising event.

“On behalf of all of us at Niagara College, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Segal family for this generous gift,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “Keith and Sharon Segal are long-standing supporters and friends of Niagara College whose passion for international education and philanthropic giving have helped thousands of students, not just at Niagara College, but across Canada. The Segals truly understand the transformative impact international students have on our campuses and in our communities, and the value of students studying abroad.”

This new Centre will significantly enhance the College’s ability to support its growing international student body, and the donation will enable students to benefit from study and work abroad activities. Fifty per cent of this gift will provide scholarships to international students attending NC, and Be World Ready bursaries for International Field Studies, semester exchanges and internship and co-op abroad, preparing students to become ‘world-ready’ graduates.

In recognition of the Segal family’s generous gift, NC will name the new facility at its NOTL Campus the Segal Family International Centre. The space is designed as a welcoming, one-stop service for international students to support their success. The Segal International Centre at NC’s Welland Campus is named in recognition of a previous $500,000 donation from Keith and Sharon Segal, along with their years of support for NC’s scholarships and instructional equipment and learning resources.

“As a family, we are very proud to support Niagara College’s growing international division and its diverse student population,” said Keith Segal, president and founder of guard.me International Insurance. “We feel that international education is the best tool for changing the world as it allows students to experience, investigate, understand and respect other cultures and ways of living. We could solve a lot of the problems in this world through understanding and respect for other people, and that’s what international education does.”

Keith and Sharon Segal are owners of guard.me International Insurance, and Keith Segal, CLU is president and CEO. Founded in 1998, guard.me International Insurance is one of the world’s largest insurance providers in international education, receiving numerous national and international awards for its client-focused approach and customized services. As part of its long-term investment in the field of international education, guard.me also regularly gives back to the community it serves in the form of resources, scholarships and funding.

Since 2002, Niagara College and guard.me have enjoyed a close and mutually-beneficial partnership, supporting students – over the past 17 years, tens of thousands of NC students have been served by guard.me. Keith and Sharon have been long-time supporters and great friends to Niagara College over the years, and many NC students have realized their educational and career goals thanks to scholarships supported by the Segal family.

A rendering of the outside of the new Segal Family International Centre at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

A rendering of the inside of the new Segal Family International Centre at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

The Seafood Gala is Niagara College’s signature annual fundraising event raising more than $2.8 million over the past 29 years to fund equipment, learning resources, scholarships and bursaries for students. This premier event, supported by many Niagara College student volunteers, features a sumptuous buffet with a variety of decadent seafood dishes and more to please every palate, accompanied by Niagara College wines. Guests enjoy an elegant evening filled with live entertainment, music, dancing, and silent and live auctions. For more information, visit ncseafoodgala.wordpress.com.

Link to video: youtu.be/tkNWFOA92x8

 

Graduation to Employment sessions for soon-to-be-grads

Soon-to-be graduates seeking help to find work in their fields can get help with their job search during two special drop-in sessions offered by Niagara College’s Community Employment Services (CES) division.

Staff from Community Employment Services, located at 43 Church St. in St. Catharines, will host two on-campus sessions:

  • Thursday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in N002.
  • Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Welland Campus in the security foyer, near the campus bookstore.

“As an Employment Ontario Service Provider, we deliver a number of programs that can provide new graduates with job search assistance and potential employers with hiring incentive dollars,” says Rebecca Nicholls, Manager, Community Employment Services. “We know this is a stressful time of year for graduating students, so we want to meet with them right on campus to let them know how we can help them find work in their fields.”

NC’s Alumni Relations will also be on-hand at the sessions to connect with students and explore ways to stay connected as they transition to alumni.

Community Employment Services delivers a variety of youth-focused employment programs that can give new graduates an edge in the competitive job market.

Building dreams: Niagara College student receives Women in Construction Faculty Award

It’s not always easy to pursue career dreams – especially for female students entering industries traditionally dominated by men, such as construction.

In advance of International Women’s Day, a Niagara College construction student received a helping hand, as the recipient of the College’s first Women in Construction Faculty Award. Established through the generosity of Welland resident Jan Erion, the award is a $500 donation toward a student’s tuition, designated specifically for a female student in one of the College’s construction programs.

“As a female in the construction field, I feel very fortunate to have had a successful career in the construction industry,” said Erion. “This award has been established to encourage other women to persevere in overcoming any obstacles in order to succeed in this rewarding field.”

The award recipient is third-year Construction Engineering Technology student Jessica Garrett of Niagara Falls. “I was very surprised and honoured to receive this award,” said Garrett. “I have had to overcome many obstacles to get where I am today.”

Garrett noted that she has always been passionate about the industry. She pursued her interest in Grade 12 through a Specialist High Skills Major in construction where she helped construct a home for Habitat for Humanity. Following high school, she enrolled in NC’s Construction Techniques program to explore opportunities in the field, and worked for a year before enrolling in her current program. Last summer, she began working for Associated Engineering, and has continued to work part-time as she completes her final year of college.

“I have always loved construction, learning how things were built and how they work,” she said, “I enjoy being able to use a large variety of skills such as math and writing and the different challenges the field presents.”

Garrett has encountered many challenges however, as she pursued her career dreams. In the past, she encountered sexism due to her size and gender, while pursuing her interest in construction. She faced financial challenges, living on her own since the age of 18 and working two jobs while completing the Construction Techniques program to pay her tuition.

Her greatest challenge was during her first year as a college student, when an abusive relationship left her with trauma and physical disabilities which required her to use a cane and, for months, a wheelchair. While, at times, she felt like giving up, she went through therapy, continued her education as well as working her part-time job. Now, that she has fully recovered, Garrett hopes her story will inspire or help other women.

“Even with all of these obstacles, I managed to overcome them and succeed,” she said. “If just one woman going through something similar sees this, and it helps them, then it’s worth it.”

Faculty member Frank Roberts, in consultation with a group of faculty members, selected Garrett for the award, noting that she had faced some very difficult times as a student, including her physical disabilities.

“She never complained about the extra effort that was required to get to class. She was always prepared,” he said. “Despite all of the obstacles she faced, Jessica continued to improve in her course by maintaining positive study habits and dedication to succeed.”

Roberts noted that the Construction Engineering Technology program currently has 10-15% female enrolment – which he is hoping will increase in the years ahead. Similarly, female students comprise about 10% of the College’s School of Technology construction-based programs (Construction Engineering Technology, and Civil Engineering Technician). In the Carpentry Renovation Techniques program within NC’s School of Trades, that number lies at about 7%.

“I believe the construction sector has many fantastic opportunities for female students to excel in and great opportunities to advance in their chosen field,” said Roberts. “Our graduates are well prepared to face any challenge in the ever-changing industry.”

Dean of Media, Trades and Technology Vincent Shaikh noted that the College has a number of initiatives and activities designed to attract more female students to the construction industry and skilled trades, including working with elementary and high schools to encourage female students to enter these career pathways.

“We strive to create a diverse environment which provides equal opportunity that prohibits any form of discrimination, and we ensure that our female students have access to mentoring groups for support,” he said. “Female students do excel in this traditionally male-dominated industry. More work is needed to break down gender stereotypes.”

The Women in Construction Faculty Award is one of many awards available to help students financially at Niagara College, through the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations.

“Financial aid helps our students pursue their dreams and has a lasting impact on their success,” said Helen Armstrong, development officer, scholarships and bursaries. “We are grateful to Jan Erion and to all of our generous donors who are making a difference in the lives of our students by contributing to student awards, bursaries or scholarships at Niagara College.”

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Development and Alumni Relations welcomes new staff member: Courtney McLoughlin

Message from Wendy Dueck, director, Development & Alumni Relations:

I am pleased to welcome Courtney McLoughlin to the Development & Alumni Relations department in the position of Administrative Assistant, effective Monday, February 25.

Courtney has a BA in Business from Brandon University and a graduate certificate in event management from Niagara College (2007). She brings a wealth of experience in fundraising administration and donor engagement to her new role.

For the past ten years, Courtney has held several positions with the Niagara Health Foundation including development coordinator, community giving officer, and most recently as communications and development officer -events and community giving.

Courtney will be located with the Development & Alumni Relations team on the third floor of the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (Suite 303) and can be reached at extension 7453 or cmcloughlin@niagaracollege.ca.

Please join me in welcoming Courtney to the NC family!

Seafood Gala tickets sell out

A message from Development and Alumni Relations:

We are thrilled to announce that the Niagara College 30th Annual Seafood Gala is sold out!

The Seafood Gala is Niagara College’s most successful annual fundraising event raising more than $2.9 million in its 29-year history to support student success by funding equipment, learning resources, and scholarships and bursaries. This premier event features a sumptuous seafood buffet prepared by the award-winning chefs of the Fallsview Casino Resort, accompanied by Niagara College wines. Guests enjoy an elegant evening filled with live entertainment, music, dancing, and silent and live auctions valued at nearly $100,000.  We are proud that this event is supported by nearly 75 Niagara College students.

If you would like to be added to the wait list for tickets please contact Joanne Cousineau, development and event coordinator at 905.641.2252, ext. 7775 or email jcousineau@niagaracollege.ca

For event details visit: www.niagaracollege.ca/seafoodgala

NC presents 30th annual Seafood Gala

A message from Development and Alumni Relations:

Tickets are now available for Niagara College’s 30th annual Seafood Gala.

This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort Grand Hall in Niagara Falls.

The Seafood Gala is NC‘s most successful annual fundraising event. In its 29-year history, it has raised more than $2.9 million for equipment, learning resources, scholarships and bursaries.

This premier event features a sumptuous buffet including many seafood and non-seafood items, prepared by the award-winning chefs of the Fallsview Casino Resort, accompanied by NC wines. Guests enjoy an elegant evening filled with live entertainment, music, dancing and silent and live auctions valued at more than $100,000. Supported by nearly 75 NC students, this event is one not to be missed.

Reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $250 per person (staff rate available). Tables seat 10.

There are a limited number of staff tickets available at a special rate of $200 per ticket (maximum of two tickets per staff member). Each paid staff ticket will receive a $25 charitable tax receipt. To order tickets at the staff rate, please contact Joanne Cousineau at ext. 7775 or via email at jcousineau@niagaracollege.ca

The event is black tie optional. Non-seafood options will be available. Please join us for the 30th annual Seafood Gala. The event has consistently sold out for the past several years, so please don’t delay. We are looking forward to enjoying a wonderful evening with you.

For event details visit: www.niagaracollege.ca/seafoodgala

 

NC grad with MS completes NYC marathon

Toosje Fulcher is willing to go the distance to achieve her dreams – and she won’t let multiple sclerosis get in her way.

For this Business Administration graduate (Class of 2009) graduate, it’s been her long-time dream to run a marathon– and one that she achieved on November 4 after crossing the finish line in the largest marathon in the world: New York City.

“All my life, I have heard what I shouldn’t be able to do,” said the 43-year-old St Catharines resident, who has had MS for the past 30 years. “I enjoy proving to those who say I shouldn’t or that I can’t do something, that I can do whatever I dream up.  It may take me longer, but I guarantee I’ll get it done.”

She had dreamed about it decades although, for a long time, she would not say it out loud for fear of being laughed at. It eventually progressed into a dream that everyone she knew shared with her. It was a goal that her mother believed she could reach; one that her father thought she was crazy for even considering. Neither one of them were alive to see her reach it.

“You have just got to believe that they had the ‘best seat in the house’ to watch,” she said.

“In my mind, there isn’t anything I can’t do.” – Toosje Fulcher

After years of training, Toosje Fulcher’s trainer Kru Roger Lumyoung from Muay Thai Niagara, was by her side at the NYC marathon.

Fulcher has been training for the NYC Marathon for the past nine years, although she admits that, at first, she didn’t realize she was. First, her trainer Kru Roger Lumyoung at Muay Thai Niagara worked to build her confidence and self-esteem so that she could believe in her abilities. Three years ago, he began to emphasize strength and conditioning in her workouts. Then, he felt she was ready to tackle the mountains of Trinidad and Tobago. For her training, she was required to ‘climb a different mountain’ every day. During the past year, she focused solely on her leg and cardio conditioning, to ensure her leg muscles would be strong enough to endure the length of a marathon.

“My routine was waking at 6:30 to eat and get dressed for whatever the weather was like outside – warm, cold or snowy. I would be on the streets walking,” she said. “If it was raining, I would be at the gym wearing a 50-pound lead vest walking between four to five hours on the treadmill.”

In June, she attempted the Niagara Ultra marathon but, due to a groin injury she obtained just past the 10 km mark, she could not complete it – even though she continued on for another 25 km despite the pain.

“I was absolutely crushed that I could not finish because, in my mind, there isn’t anything I can’t do,” she recalled. “But common sense played a big role in my dropping out as the marathon that had been on my life list since 1994 was the New York City Marathon.”

She set out to the Big Apple in November with her trainer accompanying her as her guide. The experience was one she will never forget.

“It was like going down the middle of a giant street party that never ended,” she said.

A screenshot captures Toosje Fulcher’s stats at the NYC Marathon.

For the duration of the event, Fulcher recalled that she kept thinking about her parents and how proud they would have been to see her cross the finish line, and of her friends and family who were cheering her on – including her father-in-law who, in his hospital bed before she departed, told her to  “go and make history for him.”

“That, and after having failed to complete my first marathon attempt in June, kept me mentally focused on my task at hand, knowing that I had the support of family and friends all over Canada, the U.S. and Thailand, I simply wanted to make sure I made them proud to say ‘hey, I know her,'” she said.

When she had only about eight miles left to go, the reality of what she was about to accomplish hit her hard and she fought back tears. Her guide turned the last eight miles into a game of “I bet you can’t pass them,” playing into her competitive side.

Fulcher noted how much it meant to her to see her social media flooded with congratulations and all the good luck messages written on her jersey by the children at the gym who she considers “her kids.”

“For anyone to complete a marathon is an extraordinary achievement. Toosje finishing the marathon came as no surprise to me.”

Rob Shepherd, NC faculty

Among those cheering her on were those who know her from her time at Niagara College. Fulcher grew up in Welland and attended NC from 1999 to 2009 for Business Administration as a part-time student. Attending Niagara College enabled her to stay close to home. She needed to be near her parents for medical reasons and wasn’t ready to leave home shortly after she was diagnosed.

“I was able to create an absolutely awesome support system with the Centre for Students with Disabilities and my program coordinator Rob Shepherd, who would have my year all mapped out by Labour Day,” she recalled. “I was only a part-time student so he would have all set for me what courses I could take by term and still come out ahead at the end of the term and closer to my goal of graduating.”

Shepherd, who has kept in contact with Fulcher over the years, said that it was his pleasure to get to know her, not only as a student, but also as a person.

“She was one of the most positive individuals I have had the opportunity to teach. She always had a smile on her face, a positive attitude toward life and took all of the challenges she faced head on,” he said. “Her attitude was always, ‘I will achieve and overcome no matter what obstacles life presents me with.'”

Shepherd noted how this approach has served her well and is a testament to her not only competing in, but completing the NYC Marathon.

“It is a daunting task to even consider competing in a marathon. For anyone to complete a marathon is an extraordinary achievement,” he said. “Toosje finishing the marathon came as no surprise to me. Her life has been a story of one extraordinary achievement after another.”

“TJ exhibits all the indelible human traits that each of us should aspire for – dedication, perseverance and resilience.” Tony Azzi, Aiva Properties, sponsor

Fulcher was also grateful for the support from one of her fellow teammates and sponsor Tony Azzi, president of Aiva Properties which also created a video about Fulcher’s accomplishment below .

Azzi noted that they were proud Fulcher’s accomplishment and honoured to have sponsored and supported her in her journey to train for and ultimately conquer the NYC Marathon.

“TJ exhibits all the indelible human traits that each of us should aspire for – dedication, perseverance and resilience,” he said. “We are forever grateful to have been involved in any capacity in her rigorous and unrelenting training. Her story is an inspiration to us, those who know her, and the community as a whole.”

Fulcher joined Team for Kids for the NYC Marathon, which helps underprivileged children in NYC who want to pursue recreational running by equipping them with proper shoes so they can run in races.

“My husband and I thought that would be good charity to choose,” she said. “Because of the side effects of the drugs to treat MS symptoms, I was unable to have children and we both love kids so this was our way of helping as many kids as we could.”

In addition to her own training, Fulcher has been mentoring young athletes, as well as some older adults. She has also done motivational speaking on perseverance and determination that those need to live with such an unpredictable disease as MS.

“I really enjoy this as I get to see how much everyone looks up to me, especially when they ask for advice on how they can better themselves,” she said. “I also get to witness firsthand how just being me changes how people see themselves, and how they grow and mature into young adults.”

Fulcher believes she may have made history completing the NYC Marathon. Achilles International is not  aware of anyone else ever competing in the NYC Marathon with MS as well as bilateral necrosis of the hips, as Fulcher has. They are also looking into whether any other Canadians with MS have ever completed the NYC Marathon.

New gift opens doors for students with disabilities

CIBC’s $50,000 pledge to fund assistive technology, student scholarships

Students with disabilities will have access to more supports at Niagara College, thanks to a gift from CIBC.

On November 9, CIBC announced a two-year pledge of $50,000 to the College to support students with disabilities. Half of the gift will fund assistive technology and equipment, and half will establish the CIBC Accessibility Scholarship, which will provide 10 scholarships of $2,500 each to students registered with the College’s Accessibility Services.

The news was announced at an event at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus,organized by Development and Alumni Relations, drawing staff from CIBC and representatives from the College’s executive team, Health and Wellness Accessibility Services, Student Services, and more.

“We’re pleased to be here for today’s event to show our support for a postsecondary institution that strives to help all students pursue and achieve their academic dreams, no matter their differences and abilities,” said Meaghan Bowler, district vice president, CIBC. “At CIBC, we foster a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, and creating a culture where people’s differences are not only accepted, but valued.”

President Dan Patterson addresses guests at the gift announcement, held on Nov. 9 at the NOTL Campus.

College president Dan Patterson thanked CIBC for the gift on behalf of the College.

“We know that CIBC supports people with disabilities and it is a key priority; they really model what so many more organizations need to do,” he said.

Here at NC, Patterson noted that Accessibility Services plays a vital role in three of the College’s main drivers – creating an unparalleled sense of student satisfaction, its strong economic development mission to support the major sectors of the economy, and offering the best learning environments in the country.

“Our access mandate – helping people by ensuring equal access to education for all students by helping to relieve barriers for their academic success – really pervades those three success factors,” he said.

Patterson also applauded Accessibility Services staff for the work they do to support students with disabilities.

“Our dynamic team of counsellors, technology and learning specialists, academic advisors, faculty, and support staff, care deeply about creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our students,” said Patterson. “They work hard each day to provide our students who self-identify with a disability, with the supports and accommodation they need to be successful.”

Eliminating obstacles, opening doors

Director of Student Services Lianne Gagnon speaks about the impact CIBC’s gift will have at the College.

Student Services director Lianne Gagnon spoke about the impact the gift will have at NC, enabling more students with disabilities to access education. After working in the field of disabilities for her entire career, she said she knows “all too well” what can happen when students do not have access to scholarships or assistive technologies.

“Doors are closed, opportunities denied, and education isn’t accessible,” she said.  “And that’s why your [CIBC’s] gift to us today is all the more poignant, because I know what can happen without it.”

Gagnon noted that approximately one in six NC students self-identify as having a disability – from auditory disabilities, visual impairments, and mobility impairments, to mental health challenges. Last year, 160 students accessed more than 300 different forms of assistive devices at NC.

“This really illustrates the critical need for us to ensure that we have the proper supports in place so our students can thrive while they’re here with us at NC,” she said. “With this announcement, we can provide even more.”

Assistive technology, “levels the playing field” for students and minimizes barriers so they can have a complete college experience, gain confidence, and more independence, noted Gagnon.

Assistive software and devices help students with a range of learning disabilities integrate seamlessly into their classes. The new assistive software – including Kurzweil 3000, Read&Write, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking – will be installed onto students’ personal computers, and provides a range of learning assistance, from reading textbooks aloud, to audio recording lectures and matching a professor’s instruction with specific PowerPoint slides. Assistive devices such as FM systems will help students with hearing impairments or attention deficits by blocking out distracting noises in the classroom and enable them listen to their instructor through earphones.

Gagnon also highlighted how scholarships are critical to student success and retention, particularly for students with disabilities who may require more time to complete their program with a reduced course load, or may be unable to work part-time in addition to their studies.

“Attending postsecondary for students coming out high school, can be challenging at first. They have new responsibilities, new schedules, they’re meeting new people and for the first time, they’re gaining financial and personal independence,” she said. “That’s challenging enough, but a student with a disability can have that compounded with more obstacles. Scholarships and technologies help to eliminate some of those obstacles.”

‘I constantly felt left behind’

For Business Accounting student Amber Adkins, assistive technology was a game-changer.

The Niagara Falls resident, who has completed the Health Services Administration diploma and certificate in Dental Office Administration at the College – shared her personal story about the struggles she faces in the classroom due to her learning disability, and how Accessibility Services at NC has helped her along her academic journey.

Reading and writing have been a particular challenge.

“When I was in class, I constantly felt left behind,” she said.

She struggled in high school, but enrolled in NC’s Health Services Administration program to pursue a career in the medical field.

“I wanted to go to college and train in in a career for something that would help others,” she said.

When she found herself having trouble keeping up with some of her classes, one of her instructors recommended that she visit a counsellor in Accessibility Services. After meeting with a counsellor and receiving a learning assessment, staff equipped her with Kurzweil software on her computer, which allows her to upload all of her reading materials and have them read back to her.

If she has trouble with a word, she can highlight it and the program will help her understand it, or pronounce it. She also uses a program that allows her to audio record her classes and match everything her professor says with PowerPoint slides, enabling her to review the material later.

“Assistive technology has made a big difference in my academic career,” she said.

Now, her grades are much higher and she achieved a spot on the honour roll while recently completing her Dental Office Administration certificate at the College.

“The software has helped me focus my studying and my grades have improved more than I could ever imagine,” she said. “I’m excited to go to class every day, and I’m looking forward to my future career as a financial accountant in a dental office.”

Adkins thanked CIBC personally for making the donation.

“Your generosity will make it possible for many more students, like me, to feel excited about coming to school every day, and excited about our future careers,” she said.

Student Amber Adkins (right) shakes hands with CIBC District VP Meaghan Bowler (left).

Support for student athletes in full swing at 2018 Golf Classic

Submitted by NC Development and Alumni Relations:

When it comes to support for Niagara College, the annual Golf Classic is a hole in one.

This year’s sold-out event, held on September 18 at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, raised a record $55,000 in support of College student athletes. About 160 golfers, including community and business leaders from across Niagara and the GTA attended the tournament.

The event is not only a fundraiser but provides students with practical program-related experience. More than 45 students attended this year’s event, including athletes from the NC Knights varsity golf team who provided clinic instruction to tournament participants before they teed off. Participants also had a chance to test out their longest drive abilities by going head-to-head with Knights varsity golfers.

In addition, Event Management students gained hands-on event experience at the tournament; Paramedic students provided blood pressure checks for the golfers and Esthetician students provided mini hand massages. Lunch on-site was provided by Bench-on-the-Go food truck; and participants were provide NC wine, ale, lager and cider tastings. Representatives from Research & Innovation gave an overview of their initiatives and projects; and   NC Sustainability staff were on hand to educate about proper recycling and composting.

The event capped off with a buffet dinner and awards ceremony where top golfers from the tournament as well as from additional competitions including a putting competition, longest drive competitions, and a closest to the NC Keg competition were honoured.

The tournament by several sponsors including:

  • Presenting Sponsors:  Rankin Construction and TD Insurance;
  • Presenting Media Sponsor: St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, and Welland Tribune;
  • Ace Sponsor: CIBC; and
  • Eagle Sponsors: Campus Living Centres, Chartwells, Commercial Cleaning Services, Cooper Wealth Management, and Meridian.

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View photos from the 2018 Foundation Golf Classic on the NC Golf Classic website:
ncgolfclassic.wordpress.com/past-golf-classics/