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

Hotel Dieu Shaver CEO Jane Rufrano and Niagara College president Dan Patterson join Niagara College’s Construction Renovation Technician (green) and Event Management students to break ground on this year’s Many Hands Project.

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 Part-Time Studies courses. www.niagaracollege.ca
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