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Niagara College uncorks victory at the All Canadian Wine Championships

The Niagara College Teaching Winery has harvested national success with three new award-winning wines.

The Teaching Winery, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, won three medals at the 36th annual All Canadian Wine Championships (ACWC). Its 2015 Balance Semi-Dry Riesling captured gold in the Riesling Off Dry category. It also won two bronze medals – for its 2015 Balance Viognier (in the Viognier category), and for its 2014 Les Marmitons Gastronomy Pinot Noir (Pinot Noir Under $25 category).

The oldest and one of the largest competitions for Canadian wineries, winning an award at the ACWC is a significant achievement, said competition director Bev Carnahan. She noted that the Pinot Noir and Riesling categories are always difficult to win and this year was no exception – with 38 entries for Pinot Noir Under $25, and 35 entries for Riesling Off Dry. Viognier is also increasingly competitive each year, she said, with 23 entries this year.

“Like skimming cream off the top, we only award medals to the very best,” said Carnahan.

The news was applauded at the NC Teaching Winery, the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada. The 2016 ACWC awards were the first awards ever received for the three wines which are all new releases at the Teaching Winery, said winemaker Gavin Robertson. He noted that it was particularly rewarding for him to see the 2015 Balance Semi-Dry Riesling win gold.

“The grape, as it grows in Ontario particularly, is close to my heart,” said Robertson. “It’s just so versatile with food and is always vibrant and fresh and, in the right vintage, can also age well.”

The 2015 Balance Viognier was the first of its kind for the NC Teaching Winery, since the grape is uncommon in Ontario – most famously vinified in Northern Rhone region of France. The Teaching Winery experimented with the batch, fermenting some in older French oak barrels, and some in stainless steel, then aging the wine on its yeast lees for a few months to build structure and weight.

“I was happy with the final blend and it’s nice to see that it played well with the awards panel at the ACWC,” said Robertson.

The 2014 Les Marmitons Gastronomy Pinot Noir was one of two wines produced from a recent collaboration between the Teaching Winery and Les Marmitons – an international gastronomic and social club for those who share an interest in fine food, wine and the culinary arts. Along with 2014 Les Marmitons: Gastronomy Chardonnay, proceeds from sales of both wines help to support student learning.

“These wines are emblematic of the deep roots NC shares with the regional community, which is so closely tied to the agricultural products that grow so well in this part of Ontario, including grapes,” said Robertson.

Judging for the 2016 ACWC took place June 7-9 in Prince Edward County. The competition drew a record number of 1,356 entries this year from 237 wineries, meaderies and cideries. Entries were critiqued by a panel of 19 judges and 502 awards were granted – 127 from Ontario. For information visit http://allcanadianwinechampionships.com

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 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

Information for students and applicants: Potential Canada Post mail disruption

Canada Post has issued a notice that postal services may be suspended on Friday, July 8 if it is unable to reach a new contract agreement with its workers.

Students and applicants should not send documents via Canada Post for the duration of the mail service disruption.

Where possible, Niagara College can fulfill document requests electronically or by other means. In cases where there is an urgent request for a hard copy of a diploma or transcript, courier service can be arranged.

Niagara College will also work with the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS) and other educational institutions to accommodate the transfer of documents during a mail service disruption.

For information on the application process, please visit www.ocas.ca.

Should you have any concerns with how the potential mail disruption might affect you, please feel free to contact the appropriate service area:

admissions@niagaracollege.ca for any concerns with your application to Niagara College;

finaid@niagaracollege.ca for any concerns with OSAP, bursaries, or other financial assistance;

registrar@niagaracollege.ca for records and registration requests including transcripts, diplomas, or other student records.

Additional phone contact information can be found here.

NC’s top grad inspired by life experiences

 

Inspired by her young son and her own childhood, where she saw first-hand the power of social work, Sarah Danielle Greig graduates from Niagara College’s Social Service Worker program on June 23 at the head of the class.

With a 98.78% grade-point average, Greig is this year’s recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, presented to the student with the highest overall academic average.

A Welland resident, Greig was born in Toronto and spent four years as a child living in South Africa, where her parents worked in an orphanage with an on-site hospice, sparking an interest in humanities and community development that eventually led her to pursue social service work as a career.

“My passion started in South Africa and maybe even before,” she said. “My mother worked at community development agencies and brought me to events where I would see the impact of her work. My interest started very young.”
Her own life experience has also contributed to her desire to help others. After becoming pregnant as a teen, she lived in Hannah House, a maternity home for young mothers in Niagara Falls, before returning to Brampton, ON, to complete high school. She was drawn to Niagara College by the hands-on nature of its Social Service Worker program, which she feels has prepared her well for her new career.

Over the summer she will work part-time as a crisis pregnancy options support worker at Elisha House in Welland, while preparing her young son for kindergarten in September. In the fall she will pursue a full-time position, and she is especially interested in the aboriginal community and community development.

To achieve such a high academic standing while raising a young son is a significant accomplishment, and Greig credits her professors and family for helping her to realize her goals.

“It’s such an honour and privilege to receive this award,” she said. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication, but I cannot say that I did it all on my own. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the people in my life that have equipped me and assisted me along with way.”

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was established by Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation to encourage academic excellence across the nation. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, approved college or university program. Greig will receive the award during the Thursday, June 23, 3 pm ceremony.

Niagara College’s largest-ever graduating class will receive diplomas, certificates and degrees during Spring Convocation Ceremonies June 21-24 at the Welland Campus. Learn more here:http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2016/06/16/niagara-college-celebrate-spring-convocation-ceremonies-june-21-24/

 

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 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

NC professor receives prestigious hospitality industry award in Washington, D.C.

It was the Oscars of the business events industry, and the outstanding contributions of a Niagara College professor stole the spotlight.

Janet Jakobsen, a faculty member in the College’s Hospitality and Tourism programs, recently made history at the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2016 Visionary Awards, held in Washington D.C., as the first female Canadian to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jakobsen, who received her award in the Educator Honoree category, was one of three luminaries honoured at the event held which drew more than 1,000 industry professionals.

“As a 2016 PCMA Education Foundation Lifetime Achievement honoree, Janet Jakobsen, CMP, MBA embodies the word ‘visionary,’” said PCMA executive director, Meredith Rollins. “Janet has advanced the hospitality industry as both a professional and educator, and has truly been a trailblazer. We are pleased to recognize her many accomplishments.”

Jakobsen, a Toronto resident, is a fifth generation hotelier who worked for a variety of companies in the hospitality industry before beginning her career as an educator at NC in 2008. A PCMA member since 1993, she was instrumental to introducing the association to Canada and served as a founding board member for its Canada East Chapter. She was the first Canadian to chair the PCMA’s International Education Committee in addition to being one of the first Canadians to obtain the Certified Meeting Planner designation 20 years ago.

Jakobsen noted that her involvement with the PCMA has played a key role in her personal and professional growth – including the fact that it was catalyst for completing her master’s degree at the age of 41. She is also grateful for how it has opened doors for her students.

“The PCMA has been very influential in my life and career and, since I arrived at NC, I am grateful for the substantial support that the College has given me to continue participating,” she said. “As I introduce my students to the PCMA, I believe it equips them with real-world industry experience that not only enriches their learning while at the College, but will continue to benefit them as they build their own careers and make their mark on this exciting industry.”

Jakobsen has organized student attendance at the PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference since 2009. In 2013, she escorted a record number of NC students to the PCMA’s Boston meeting; five of them were selected as the first Canadians to be recruited as Interns for a 15,000-person international conference in Washington D.C. organized by Precision Meeting and Events the following year.

“We applaud the recognition of Janet’s achievements, both professionally and as an educator,” said the College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment Vivian Kinnaird. “Her wealth of knowledge and experience not only enhances learning in our classrooms, but she brings the industry to life for our students, exposing them to high-profile industry events in Canada and the U.S., and sharing her expertise as a mentor to the next generation of Hospitality professionals.”

This wasn’t the first award for Jakobsen. Two years ago, she was inducted into Meetings + Incentive Travel’s Hall of Fame as its 2014 Industry Mentor.

About the PCMA
The PCMA is the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry. With more than 6,500 members and 50,000 customers PCMA drives innovation through risk taking, research and data driven decision making. Visit http://www.pcma.org/

About NC
Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Niagara College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports is at the epicentre of the Hospitality, Tourism and Golf industry. Niagara is Canada’s golf capital and Niagara welcomes millions of visitors annually. Hospitality, Tourism and Sport offers a variety of programs including Sport Management, Event Management, Golf Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Spa, Esthetics and Bachelor of Business Administration: Hospitality.

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 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

Niagara College wins again at Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition

Niagara College proved to be fierce competition for another consecutive year at the 27th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition with three students winning provincial medals.

The students each captured silver in the Aesthetics, Culinary Arts and Hairstyling categories placing them amongst the top in the province. The competition took place May 2-4 at RIM Park in Waterloo and is known as Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition.

The Aesthetics competition saw Esthetician student Nicole Caines contend with five other contestants from top schools across Ontario. Lorraine MacDonald, esthetician technologist at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, trained Caines for several weeks along with faculty members Tina Green, Lisa Maurice and Susan Nicole.

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of Nicole,” said MacDonald. “She demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout her training and competition and we are thrilled that she brought home a medal. Nicole’s performance confirms yet again that Niagara College’s Esthetician program is a front-runner in the industry.”

Culinary Skills student Selah Schmoll and Hairstyling student Adam Barry also earned silver medals after placing in the Culinary Arts and Hairstyling competitions.

“This was a new experience for many of our competitors and their strong showing is evidence of greater success in the years to come,” said Tim McLeod, associate dean of the School of Trades. “This is just another example of our students’ unwavering commitment to success within their chosen industry.”

Gary Torraville, associate dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, noted that competitions are a good way for students to strive for excellence in their work. “Competitions are an excellent opportunity for students to showcase the skills they have learned while in their program,” he said. “Our students’ overall success at Skills Ontario is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their craft. We are all very proud of them.”

More than 2,000 competitors from secondary and post-secondary schools across Ontario participated in this year’s Ontario Technological Skilled Trades Competition in a range of contests from plumbing, culinary arts, aesthetics and automotive service. Competitors were judged on their skills related to their field as well as their job interview skills and related soft skills. For more information visit http://www.skillsontario.com/

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 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

Niagara College unveils plans for distilling program, teaching distillery

Niagara College is launching a brand new program sure to lift ‘spirits’ in Canada’s growing craft distillery scene.

The innovative college – which is already home to Canada’s first commercial teaching winery and teaching brewery at its trailblazing Canadian Food and Wine Institute – is now barrelling out Canada’s first college distilling program, Artisan Distilling. Scheduled to begin fall 2017, the one-year graduate certificate program will offer hands-on training and classroom work in practical distilling, distilling science, quantitative spirit analysis, and distillation management. The program will be supported by a new on-campus teaching distillery – also the first of its kind in Canada.

“The program is the next logical step for the College and the CFWI in becoming the key centre of excellence in fermentation sciences throughout Canada,” said dean of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale. “We will be the only learning environment to cover all three levels of alcohol production and education, and hope to lead the explosion of distillers the same as we have led the growth of brewing and wineries in our region and across Canada.”

With a growing number of distilleries nationwide, the launch of Niagara College’s distilling program is positive news for the industry. The program has been in development for more than two years, supported by many leading distillers from around the world.

“One of the greatest challenges of craft distilling has been the lack of educational resources for the modern distiller. This emerging industry has been desperately searching for somewhere to turn and I believe the new program from Niagara College will quickly become that place,” said Geoff Dillon, founder of the successful Beamsville-based Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery. “We are at the beginning of a great growth period in craft distilling that doesn’t show any signs of slowing. The industry needs direction, and after seeing what the Niagara College team has accomplished with their wine and beer programs, I am confident the distilling program will be one that will make the distilling world proud.”

“The launch of Niagara College’s distilling program is tremendous news for our nascent industry,” said Charles Benoit, president of the Ontario Craft Distillers Association. “With few peers anywhere, I expect the school will contribute mightily to making Ontario a global leader in distilling excellence, as well as a foundation for our local community to collaborate and grow. I look forward to all the wonderful times ahead.”

Artisan Distilling is designed to suit anyone with an interest in distillation who has already completed an Ontario diploma or degree – particularly those with a background in sciences, as well as culinary, business, food innovation, wine and beer programs. The program will also be a direct pathway for students from the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management, Wine and Viticulture Technician, and Culinary Innovation and Food Technology programs; and prepare Brewmaster students for certificate and diploma programs offered by the England’s Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

The College will accept 20 students into the first term of the program and seats will open for admissions in February 2017.

The new 2,000-square-foot teaching distillery will become part of the existing Wine Visitor + Education Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Niagara College offers more than 100, 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 NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

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

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101

Important Notice: Temporary moves and closures at the NOTL Campus

As we prepare for the start of significant construction projects as part of our campus redevelopment, some services and facilities will be affected at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, beginning this weekend and until late August. Note that normal operations will continue through the construction period.

Please note the following moves and changes:

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus:

April 22:

The Wellness Centre, Centre for Students with Disabilities and Counseling will move from W102 to E108.

The Health Centre will move from W105 to W213 (1&2)

Classrooms N101, W202 and W203 will be permanently closed.

April 25:

The Continuing Education office in W102B will move to room L24 at the Welland Campus

April 29:

The registrar’s office and on-campus recruitment officer will move from W109 to N102. Note that the Registrar’s Office will close mid-afternoon on April 29 and re-open in N102 on Monday, May 2.

May 11

Open gymnasium will close to be repurposed into student activity space.

Cafeteria will close until the end of August. Food services will be available at the Tim Hortons on the second floor, The Armoury, Bench to Go and Benchmark Restaurant.

Updates will follow, including moves and closures at the Welland Campus scheduled for mid-May.

Questions or concerns regarding these moves can be directed to Ralph Scholz, director, Facilities Management Services at rscholz@niagaracollege.ca.

These moves will accommodate significant projects that are set to being this spring, aimed at accommodating growth and enhancing the student experience. Projects include:

  • The 10,330 square-foot academic training addition at Welland will be constructed to the north side of the existing athletic centre, and will include an academic fitness lab and flexible space that can ultimately be used as a second gymnasium.
  • A 37,000 square-foot cafeteria and Simcoe building expansion at Welland. This project, situated at the north end of the Simcoe Building, will include a new 525-seat cafeteria, student activity centre, kitchen and server, an expanded prayer room along with renovations to accommodate justice studies programs, including demonstration labs and classrooms.
  • The 20,000 square-foot fitness centre and classroom project at Niagara-on-the-Lake includes an expansion to the east side of the campus to replace the existing fitness centre while adding change rooms, an exercise studio, offices, reception and six new 40-seat classrooms.
  • The first phase of student services renovations, learning commons and cafeteria project at Niagara-on-the-Lake will include the relocation of the info centre, registrar’s office, counselling and health services on the main floor, and the construction of a new student commons, redesigned cafeteria, and meeting rooms on the lower level.
    The first phase of renovations at the Welland Campus will include the relocation of counselling and health services in the Applied Health Institute.

The ‘mane’ event: College-wide hair donations to provide wigs for children with cancer

Having a ‘good hair day’ is about to get a whole new meaning at Niagara College.

A number of students, staff and faculty members are volunteering to get their hair cut as part of a college-wide initiative to provide wigs for children with cancer. The hair donation event will take place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Thursday, March 17 and at the Welland Campus on Friday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event was organized by School of Community Services professor Mary Vanscoy who became interested in donating her hair last year after losing her sister to cancer. The idea took root among her students and fellow staff members, leading Vanscoy to turn her personal quest into a college-wide event. Since then, the idea has been embraced enthusiastically by the members of the college community, with an ever-growing number who plan to join Vanscoy in her efforts – in one class alone, 25 students plan to donate their hair!

“Because of the efforts of the college community, a little idea grew into something much larger. When we come together to help others, we can make a big difference,” said Vanscoy. “We, as a college, can make a huge difference to those who are fighting against this disease. Children with cancer didn’t have the choice to lose their hair, but we have the choice to help them.”

The event is supported by the college’s Hairstyling program. Hairstyling faculty and students have volunteered to cut hair free of charge both days of the event to support the initiative.

Vanscoy’s own long-awaited haircut will take place at the Welland Campus on March 18 at 9:30 a.m. She will be joined by staff members and students – including second-year student Aley Meade who plans to shave off her 24-inch long tresses entirely. “When I think of a little girl not having hair on her head, this would be a huge gift,” said Meade. “I want to do what I can to help.”

Hair donations will be sent to 360 Hair Wigs for Kids located in British Columbia, which has the ability to use processed and shorter hair (at least six inches) – in addition to Niagara-based Wigs for Kids which accepts ‘virgin’ never-coloured or treated hair a minimum of 12 inches long.

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Media inquiries and RSVP:

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

 

Wheelchair basketball event to raise funds in memory of former student

Students from Niagara College’s Recreation and Leisure Services program are going through hoops in memory of a former student.

The students are not only organizing the Jonathan Morrison Memorial Award Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser, some of them are revving up to participate in the game. As part of the Jonathan Morrison Memorial Award Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser to take place on Saturday, December 5, a team of students from the program will take on the Brock Niagara Penguins – a wheelchair basketball team for people with special needs – on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event is being organized by the College’s RLS students as part of their Fundraising and Revenue Generation class, to support the Jonathan Morrison Memorial Award. Morrison, who was a student in the College’s RLS program and played for the Brock Niagara Penguins, had spina bifida and died of cancer in July 2015. The new memorial award will grant $500 to a student each year who has overcome momentous barriers in order to graduate from the College’s RLS or Recreation Therapy programs.

“He was a great guy and the students loved him,” said instructor and placement officer Devin Richardson. “The students were able to select the charity and it was only fitting they did a basketball tournament.”

Second-year RLS student Jasmine Olah, who is organizing as well as playing at the event, met Morrison four years ago while she was enrolled in the College’s Recreation Therapy program.

“I am grateful to be involved in raising funds in his name. Jonathan was such a cherished individual by so many on campus and within the community. He was seen as such an inspiring leader and role model,” she said. “It’s such an amazing sport and Jonny’s involvement with the Brock Niagara Penguins makes the fact that we are playing in a game mean that much more.”

As the communications lead speaking on behalf of student organizers, Olah has also found it to be a valuable educational experience.

“There are so many elements that go into planning and running an event such as this one; budgeting, marketing, communications, etc. It is real life hands-on experience,” she said. “As with any new experience, there was a lot to learn and I will be using these lessons to build upon my current skill set.”

“Our Fundraising and Revenue Generation class is taking on a big task by raising funds for worthwhile causes in our community and world abroad,” said Richardson. “These students have tremendous passion and I feel there is no better way to gain an experience than to contribute first-hand in the design and delivery of these amazing fundraisers.”

Captain of the Brock Niagara Penguins Loretta Davis said the team is proud to support the Jonathan Morrison Memorial Award, and that the athletes are honoured and excited to play in this game in Jonny’s memory.

“Jonny ‘Hotwheels’ Morrison was a valued member of the Brock Niagara Penguins wheelchair basketball team for six years,” she said. “Jonny was the type of person who could always make you laugh and smile. He was a team player, was always encouraging to all players, and an excellent role model for our younger athletes.”

The team is remembering Morrison with a sticker bearing his name and jersey number that will remain on every athlete’s chair with his name and jersey number. These stickers can be purchased at the game and proceeds will go to the memorial award.

The event will take place on Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brock University Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/Hoops4Jonny.

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://NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Niagara College
905 735-2211 ext. 7773
905 328-4101 (cell)
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
905 735-2211 ext. 7368
905-328-2532 (cell)
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College Teaching Winery harvests four medals at InterVin

Niagara College wines are standing out among the world’s best, after being awarded four medals at the 2015 InterVin International Wine Awards.

Judged by a prestigious group of Canadian sommeliers, winemakers and educators seeking the best wines from across the globe, the Niagara College Teaching Winery picked up a silver medal for its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, as well as three bronze medals for its 2014 College Rose, 2013 Balance Pinot Noir, and 2012 Dean’s List Merlot.

“We feel a sense of pride when students and our winemaker – who is also a graduate – can show the world that there are high quality wines being made in Niagara,” said Steve Gill, general manager of the Niagara College Learning Enterprises Corporation. “It is a testament to the passion that we have for wine education and the pride we have for supplying high quality trained people to the industry.”

Winemaker Gavin Robertson, who graduated from the College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program in 2011, noted that all four wines that earned medals at InterVin also won awards earlier this year. The 2012 Dean’s List Merlot won Best in Show at the Royal Wine Fair in September. In August, the 2013 Balance Pinot Noir was announced as a gold medal winner at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The 2014 College Rose won a silver medal at the Royal Wine Fair as well as a bronze at the National Wine Awards of Canada. The 2013 Balance Sauvignon Blanc earned a silver medal at the Ontario Wine Awards last spring.

“It’s great to see that may of our wines are medalling in more than one competition because it means that a wide variety of judges on different tasting panels formed a consensus on the quality of our wines,” said Robertson. “Consistency is key in commercial winemaking – a lesson we teach our students – and this is a good indicator that the production methods we use at the Teaching Winery and in the Teaching Vineyard are working.”

The InterVin International Wine Awards aim to recognize and celebrate the very best wines available to Canadian consumers. Entries were judged at White Oaks Resort and Spa in August and winners were posted on the competition website earlier this month. Finalists were also featured in a special InterVin Awards issue of Vines Magazine. For details about the competition visit www.intervin.ca.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. In addition to Benchmark Restaurant, it features on-campus learning enterprises including the NC Teaching Winery – Canada’s first and only commercial teaching winery – and the NC Teaching Brewery – also the first of its kind in Canada. The CFWI is also home to the reigning Junior Culinary Team Canada, comprised of students and recent graduates who, in 2013, won the right to represent Canada at international competitions for three years, up to and including the 2016 World Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.

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://NiagaraCollege.ca.
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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Niagara College
905 735-2211 ext. 7773
905 328-4101 (cell)
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
905 735-2211 ext. 7368
905-328-2532 (cell)
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca