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Niagara College culinary grad wins bronze at international competition

When he left for Ecuador, he was a young culinary graduate representing his college and his country; by the time he returned, he was an international medalist.

Justin Beaulne, 21, has won the bronze medal at the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge, held in Quito, Ecuador at the end of October. Part of the Global Chefs Challenge which draws the best chefs in the world to compete, the Young Chefs Challenge is a category for age 25 and younger.

Beaulne was selected by the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute to compete in the competition. Representing Niagara College and Canada the Canadian Culinary Federation, he competed in the Americas section of the competition where he was required to prepare a three-course meal in three hours for four people using mandatory items for each course. Dishes needed to be ready at specific times and competitors were judged on their kitchen work – including hygiene, sanitation, skill, organization and work ethic—as well as the flavour of food and timing.

“This competition was significant to the student because not only did he compete on an international stage, he also was a exposed to a variety of learning experiences within a different culture that will help him with his career as a chef, “ said chef professor Dan LeBlanc, Beaulne’s coach and mentor who travelled with him to Ecuador. “This highlights what our students are accomplishing here at Niagara College.”

Beaulne valued the experience of competing in an international competition. “It really improved my skills and really allowed me to really think about food and the way to look at it,” he said. “The training also allowed me to work with products I had never worked with before but also look at things I cook with every day in a different light.”

The opportunity to work with chefs at home and abroad was an experience Beaulne valued. “I got a chance to work closely with Chef Dan and the other chefs in the school which taught me a lot,” he said. “Making all the connections not only in Ecuador but in Canada and the States, we got to meet lots of chefs, chat with them and really get a feel for what the food scene is like in their cities and the opportunities they have available.”

Originally from Sudbury, Beaulne is a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake. A graduate of the College’s Culinary Management (2014) and Baking and Pastry (2015) programs, Beaulne has represented the CFWI at several competitions including Skills Canada and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. He currently works as a cook apprentice at Benchmark Restaurant at the Niagara-on-Lake Campus.

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 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 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 releases its first cider

There’s a brand new beverage on the shelves at Niagara College’s Wine Visitor + Education Centre.

The Niagara College Teaching Winery has launched its first cider. Named Cider 101 – it’s a cider lesson in a can at the teaching winery – the new addition marks a first for the college’s trailblazing Canadian Food and Wine Institute, which is also home of the first commercial teaching winery and teaching brewery in Canada.

“It’s an important step in diversification of our learning at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute,” said CFWI dean Craig Youdale. “Cider is a product on the rise in Ontario and we wanted to get into that part of the fermenting world.”

Gavin Robertson, winemaker at the NC Teaching Winery, noted that as a response to the increasing popularity of hard ciders on the market in Ontario and Canada, a growing number of students have been interested in expanding their knowledge base about fruit wines in general, particularly hard apple ciders.

“It made sense to try our hand at making a commercial cider,” he said, noting that several students from the Winery and Viticulture Technician program were involved in the process.

The apples were harvested and the juice was fermented in 2014 and it was just completed this summer, with the product canned –with the help of the college’s Teaching Brewery – this fall.

“It’s quite dry, especially compared to a lot of the large-scale commercial ciders on the market, and even relative to most craft ciders that are currently available in Ontario, but also has a creamy mouth-feel derived from seven months of yeast lees contact, which works really well with the bubbles from the carbonation,” said Robertson. “The aromatics are fresh and fruity, with undertones of cinnamon, clove, vanilla and a bit of roasted hazelnut character.”

Cider 101 is available for purchase at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus) at $3.50 per can.

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 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 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 student earns two Gold Star awards from the Niagara Health System

When it comes to patient care, a Niagara College Practical Nursing student is not only reaching for stars – she’s becoming one.

The Niagara Health System has recently presented two Gold Star awards to April Horodenchuck, who has been working her consolidation placement at the NHS St. Catharines Site’s mental health unit since August 2015. The 34-year-old Thorold resident was honoured by the NHS Star Award program for her devotion to her patients and for providing a high level of care and compassion. Gold Star awards are distributed in response to as a response to a patient issuing a verbal or written compliment to the NHS Patient Relations department about a member of its healthcare team.

“April has been a remarkable student during her consolidation under the supervision of a registered practical nurse in one of our acute mental health units. As the manager of the unit, I have been most impressed with April’s professionalism and the nursing skills she demonstrates on a daily basis,” said the NHS’s David Barry, clinical manager, Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit 1M and Impact Niagara. “She is devoted to her patients and is very kind and caring. And the patients adore her. She is a wonderful nurse who has a great career ahead of her.”

Horodenchuk said she is grateful for the valuable clinical experience that she has gained through her consolidation placement with the NHS and she was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude when receiving her two gold stars. “This award is fulfilling to me personally because my goal as a nurse is to make a difference in patients’ lives. I achieved this as a student which was unexpected,” she said. “I go to placement each day on Unit M giving each patient the holistic care they deserve and I feel that each day the reward is just to see someone smile.”

Carolyn Triemstra, acting dean of Health and Community Services at Niagara College, noted that the NHS is a very supportive educational partner to the College. “The NHS provides many of our students with opportunities to work alongside professionals who are willing to share their vocational knowledge and expertise,” said Triemstra. “This award is an example of how our student was able to demonstrate her skills knowledge and abilities in a competent, caring manner.”

For Horodenchuk, the gold stars she has received are a great reminder of why she chose to become a nurse. While she had been working in long-term care before enrolling in the College’s Practical Nursing program, a family member’s mental health issues led her to become interested in the field.

She noted that Niagara College has contributed to her success. As a parent of two children, the College’s program delivery allowed her to make her vision of going back to school a reality, as she was able to attend classes during the evenings and take on a lighter course load. She chose Niagara College because of its reputation for student success in national nursing exams, as well as the hours students receive through clinical placements.

“Niagara College offers an amazing simulation lab that is open to students daily in the program,” she said. “It gives that real-life experience while having experienced nursing lab techs help guide you through any gaps of knowledge.”

Niagara College Practical Nursing graduates have demonstrated great success when it comes to Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) results. In January 2015, the Examination Performance Profile by School indicated that Niagara College graduates met or exceeded the jurisdiction (provincial) scores in each of the 10 categories on the CPNRE exam, and met or exceeded national scores in nine out of 10 categories. Niagara College graduates also exceeded the provincial average on their scores in September and January 2014.

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 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 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 Health System president inspires new Niagara College graduates

“Gratitude + genius = happiness.”

President of the Niagara Health System Dr. Suzanne Johnston shared this simple but significant equation with Niagara College’s Class of 2015 as they gathered for fall convocation on Oct. 30.

As the convocation speaker and recipient of an honorary diploma in Health Sciences during the ceremony, Johnston shared how she believes everyone can become “masters of happiness” in their lives. In addition to gratitude – which she noted as an essential ingredient of true happiness – she quoted Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell by saying that those considered successful ‘geniuses’ are people who have had spent 10,000 hours or more refining their skills.

“We all have the ability through hard work, through concentrating on and practicing what we are good at, to develop our personal genius. It is within our power to do so,” she said.

Building on Aristotle’s theory that true happiness means doing what one is best suited for, Johnston said, “Each individual can have happy life by refining and working on whatever comes most naturally.”

In addition to inspiring the new graduates, Johnston also applauded their achievements. “I’m very proud of all of you for your accomplishments,” she said. “And I’m very proud of what Niagara College is accomplishing as one of Canada’s premiere and best known – I think – recognized academic institutions.”

College president Dan Patterson also addressed the graduates during the ceremony, highlighting the importance of their role in the community.
“It is you who will help drive our economy and future prosperity because it is college graduates who make our communities work, and in no place is that more evident than right here in Niagara,” said Patterson. “If you look at all of the major sectors of the economy, you will see college graduates succeeding and leading.”

Almost 800 new graduates of Niagara College received diplomas or certificates during the afternoon ceremony held at the Welland Campus. The ceremony honoured graduates from several program areas including the schools of Academic and Liberal Studies; Allied Health Studies; Business and Management Studies; Part-Time Studies; English Language Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Food and Wine Sciences; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Justice and Fitness Studies; Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies; and Trades.

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 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 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 mourns loss of Marilyn Walker

A message from Niagara College president Dan Patterson:

We are deeply saddened by the news of Marilyn Walker’s passing.
Marilyn represented the true spirit of a philanthropist and community builder, working tirelessly on many community causes. She was a long-time supporter of Niagara College, our faculty, staff and students. She loved to engage with our students and learn about new innovative programs and initiatives. Marilyn and her husband Norris also contributed to our students’ success through generous contributions to scholarships and attending fundraising events.
Our Benchmark staff will greatly miss serving Marilyn at the restaurant and the opportunity to cater events at her home.
Most recently, Marilyn joined her family in April at our Seafood Gala for the announcement of a $1.2 million contribution by Walker Industries and the Walker family to our Achieving Dreams campaign, supporting the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, now under construction at our Welland campus.
We are honoured that, in addition to her lasting legacy through her tremendous community service and contribution to the cultural revitalization of the Niagara Region, Marilyn’s legacy will also be felt throughout our campuses.
Saundra and I shared many special times with Marilyn and Norris. On behalf of the Niagara College community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Norris and the Walker family. Marilyn will be greatly missed.

Niagara College to welcome new students for Fall Orientation Sept. 8

Speed-friending, bubble soccer, concerts, campus tours and information sessions are just a few activities on the agenda for next week when thousands of new students get their first taste of college life

Niagara College will host fall 2015 Orientation from Tuesday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 13 with a full roster of activities and events designed to introduce new students to the college experience.

“The beginning of a new academic year is an exciting time for all, but especially for our new students; Orientation is designed to help our first-year students get a positive academic and social start as they begin their studies,” said Rick Anderson, director of Student Services. “Our start-up activities also include opportunities to welcome back our returning students and engage our local communities through activities like our first-ever Niagara College Trunk Sale in Welland and our Desserts in the Vineyard event at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.”

Highlights of Orientation 2015 events include:

  • A first-year mixer video dance (Sept., 8, 8-11 p.m., Welland Campus, The Core);
  • Stunt show Monsters of Schlock (Sept. 8, 7-10 p.m., NOTL Campus, The Armoury);
  • Student Services Fair (Sept. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Welland and NOTL Campuses);
  • Dessert in the Vineyard reception for students and the NOTL community (Sept. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., NOTL Campus);
  • Pasta Dinner and Comedy Night (Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m., Welland Campus, The Core);
  • NC Concert Series (Sept. 11, 8-11 p.m., Welland and NOTL Campus);
  • Spirit Rally (Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m., Welland Campus), followed by Varsity soccer game vs. Humber College ( 2-6 p.m., Young Sportsplex), and Bubble Soccer (3-5 p.m., Young Sportsplex); and
  • The College’s first-ever Trunk Sale in support of the United Way, free family event for students and public (Sept. 13, noon-3 p.m., Welland Campus). View Trunk Sale media release here.

A full schedule of Orientation activities is available at: http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca/

Niagara College will be buzzing with activity even before Orientation however, as hundreds of students move into student residence buildings on Saturday, Sept. 5 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Move-in Day launches the college’s Welcome Weekend, providing a head-start for students prior to Orientation.

While registration remains open until Sept. 15, projections indicate that close to 4,700 new full-time students will begin their studies at the College this fall, with a combined enrolment will surpass 10,000 students. Niagara College continues to see in increase in international enrolment, as well as students with previous post-secondary education, including university graduates.

Classes for most programs will begin on Sept. 9.

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 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 NiagaraCollege.ca.

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For information, 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