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Niagara College students get their game on for Global Game Jam Jan.20-22 weekend

Niagara College students, staff and alumni volunteers will log major creative time this weekend when they participate in the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at NC’s campus in Welland.

For 48 consecutive hours, gamer participants – students in NC’s Game Development Program and volunteers – will work in teams to design a new video or board game to help inject new ideas into the gaming industry.

The GGJ operates in over 90 countries in local sites where participants form teams to design a new game – the specific theme of which is announced at the start of the jam.

“Global Game Jam encourages innovation, creativity and collaboration,” said Game Development program professor Rick Goertz. “Every participant comes away a ‘winner’ acquiring new knowledge and expertise.”

This is the second year NC has hosted this event and about 40 students are expected to participate. They will be led by NC alumni volunteers. NC has excellent computer labs that will assist participants in putting their skills to this friendly global jam.

NC’s GGJ gets underway on Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m., at the Welland Campus, Labs S304, S306 and S308, and runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday, the 22nd.
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Niagara College offers more than 120 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. www.niagaracollege.ca

For additional information on the GGJ: www.globalgamejam.org
Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, Niagara College 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Acclaimed artist shares natural talent with NC art students

Niagara College will play enthusiastic host to artist Josh Tiessen when he conducts a lecture and painting technique demonstration for students as well as displays his internationally award-winning art at the Welland campus on Wednesday.

Tiessen was juried as the youngest member of the International Guild of Realism and is ranked among foremost realist artists from around the world. He was mentored by acclaimed Canadian artist Robert Bateman and has had his work exhibited for the past decade in 75 exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Canada. The Stoney Creek native has also established his own ‘Arts for a Change Foundation’ and his philanthropic work was listed as an outstanding achievement when he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Meal and named as Canada’s Top 20 under 20.

WHO:
Stoney Creek artist Josh Tiessen
Niagara College Art and Design Foundation Students

WHAT:
Art exhibition, demonstration and lecture

WHERE:
Main foyer, Welland Campus, Niagara College, 300 Woodlawn Road, Main Entrance

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 19
11 am-2:30 pm Open Gallery viewing and meet the artist
2:30 p.m.-3 pm Gallery viewing with students (media welcome)
Following the viewing, Tiessen will be in the classroom with students, returning to the exhibition after the lecture

Additional info:
www.joshtiessen.com

Media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College Broadcasting students win national awards

Two Niagara College Broadcasting students capped off their college years as national award winners.

Just weeks before graduating from Niagara College’s three-year Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program, Brandon Primmer and Rachel Hodges were each honoured with a National Student Award from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada. The BEAC awards recognize the unique combination of creativity and technical excellence demonstrated by students in radio, television, video and new media.

BEAC president Ashif Jivraj noted that the BEAC’s National Student Awards recognize excellence in media production from students across Canada.

“Recipients are chosen by industry professionals and faculty that look for creativity, and technical quality. Productions selected reflect the highest standards exemplified by BEAC member institutions in Canada,” said Jivraj. “Congratulations to Rachel and Brandon for their awards. Seeing their outstanding work gives me a renewed confidence for the future of our industry.”

Welland residents Primmer and Hodges both won the awards for work they completed as part of their studies: Primmer in the video category for his music video, “Let Yourself Go,” and Hodges in the audio category for her newscast that aired live in December on NC’s student radio station, CRNC The Heat.

Primmer, who is originally from Owen Sound, created the music video for his film production class.

“It was an incredible experience for me personally, to take a pen and paper idea and transform it into a full-fledged professional video where a dedicated crew worked on it for the course of a month,” he said.

He currently works as a videographer in Hamilton for AMV Productions and hopes to run his own production company someday specializing in music and corporate videos or commercials.

“This BEAC award winning video has shown me my true potential in reaching that goal,” he said. “Combined with a skill set refined by Niagara College, I truly believe I can achieve what I set out to do after graduating.”

Winning the national award was a welcome surprise to Hodges on the brink of graduation. Hodges, who is originally from Orillia, said she was grateful for the award and the experience she gained in all three streams of the College’s Broadcasting program – radio, television and film.

“It has always been my goal to work in the news industry so being able to add a national news award to my resume will certainly be beneficial in the future,” said Hodges, who is currently putting her education to work in the field as an intern reporter at News Talk 610 CKTB. “It will help me stand out among a number of other talented and qualified applicants which is important in such a small and competitive industry.”

The students were accompanied to Halifax by BRTF professors Bruce Gilbert and Peter VandenBerg.

“Seeing our students win national awards reinforces that our Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program produces high-quality grads that leave with the tools necessary to get great jobs,” says Gilbert. “It was a privilege to represent Niagara College that night.”

Primmer and Hodges both graduated from the College’s BRTF program on the morning of June 24.

For information about the BEAC student awards visit http://www.beac.ca/2016-student-award-winners/

For information about Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/media-studies/programs/broadcasting-radio-television-film/

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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Photos attached of Brandon Primmer and Rachel Hodges, from the BEAC National Student Awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Link to Brandon Primmer’s award-winning video:

Link to Rachel Hodge’s award-winning newscast:

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 helps industry embrace e-business and technology adoption solutions

For the fourth year in a row, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is ready to offer small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access to the College’s resources to provide e-business and technology adoption solutions.

Thanks to a new $50,000 grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Niagara College will offer vouchers to 20 companies to support projects that will generate new market opportunities. Eight vouchers are available for companies to access Technology Adoption projects, which will focus on technology development and testing/validation activities to support innovation. The remaining 12 vouchers will focus on e-business solutions such as website development, online sales process, digital and social media and customer relationship management.

Technology adoption projects are incorporated into an appropriate technical course in a program such as Culinary Innovation Food Technology, Greenhouse Technician, and Mechanical Engineering Technician. Students in the course work with their faculty and industry partner to help de-risk new technologies and promote their adoption.

A technology adoption project has enabled the North Hamilton Community Health Centre (NHCHC) to harvest the first two crops of lettuce, which they have been able to share with participants in the programs improving food access in our communities, according to Elizabeth Beader, CEO of the NHCHC.

“Through partnering with Niagara College and being a recipient of the OCE grant, we were able to purchase growing towers and supplies for our new greenhouse,” Beader explains. “Niagara College students have been supporting the community through consultation and development teams including: operations, crop advisement, costing, construction and layout design. The students have also provided greenhouse training to community stakeholders.”

Bill MacDonald, Niagara College faculty, was “thoroughly impressed by the commitment of the students who drove to Hamilton every two weeks to work on this project, which enabled them to apply their classroom learning in a real-world scenario and see the benefits of their effort on the north Hamilton community.”

The NHCHC was equally impressed, awarding Niagara College with Partnership Innovation Award for the project, which will be formally recognized in this autumn.

“OCE is proud to work with Niagara College to support the great companies working in the Niagara region through our Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption,” said Dr. Tom Corr, president and CEO of OCE. “By connecting companies with the expertise and resources available at colleges like Niagara, we are helping promising young businesses scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation.”

For each e-business project, the Research & Innovation team – which includes Niagara College students and expert faculty members from the New Media Web Design program – meet with the industry partners several times during the project, assessing the business’ needs, proposing solutions, designing and then populating the pages with content created by the company.

Niagara Falls-based Tukats Solutions was looking for a website (http://www.apothecary.mobi/) to promote its Apothecary app, which is described as “Canada’s only open marketplace for pharmacists and pharmacy owners/managers.” Since launching the new site, Apothecary has seen an “increase in topline revenue thanks to contracts with Loblaws and Walmart,” according to Ahmed El Shazly, managing director.

More information about the funding program, including details for potential industry partners, is available here: http://ncinnovation.ca/information-for-industry/current-opportunities. Companies interested in partnering with the Research & Innovation team may contact David DiPietro, Business Development co-ordinator, at ddipietro@niagaracollege.ca, or 905-641-2252, ext. 4287.

Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption (VEBTA) Program connects eligible companies with the expertise and resources available at Ontario colleges to help their business scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation. These college projects will lead to new market opportunities for the business, which may include exports.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. They conduct projects that provide innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small- and medium-sized businesses. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For more information, visit ncinnovation.ca

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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For more information or 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

Work of Game Development students to be showcased

Niagara College’s Game Development program will host its annual GD Launch event, which is an exhibit of student work. GD Launch takes place on April 14, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Core pub located at the Welland Campus.

This interactive gaming showcase, featuring Game Development program student’s game environments, character designs and gaming worlds is all highlighted by original game productions created by the program’s graduating class.

Students will also be recognized for their academic achievements with an award ceremony taking place during the event.

WHO:
Students and faculty from Niagara College’s Game Development program

WHAT:
GD Launch – a showcase of student work and awards ceremony

WHERE:
The Core, Welland Campus, 300 Woodlawn Rd., Welland

WHEN:
Thursday, April 14 from 7-9 p.m.
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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

NC students, grads shortlisted for 2016 Emerge Media Awards

Niagara College students and recent graduates are zooming in on success, after have being shortlisted for the 2016 Emerge Media Awards.

The awards, organized by the University of Guelph-Humber, aim to showcase the talent of students attending Canadian colleges and universities, who entered their work in eight different categories: Written Word, Multimedia Production, Photography, Advertising, Videography, Graphic/Digital Design: Editorial, Audio Storytelling and Public Relations.

Semifinalists were announced on March 22 for the second annual awards: 39 submissions representing 95 students from 13 post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Niagara College entries were among semifinalists announced in the Videography and Digital Photography categories.

Videography

In Videography, two of the five semifinalists were from Niagara College:

Darryl Sherk, “YouTube Comments” and

Kalyna Taras, Jenna Silta, Mac Kropf, Brad Curran, Mark Ventresca (third-year BRTF) for “Inspiring Potential.”

View story on Inspiring Potential here.

Photography

In the Photography category, two out of five semifinalists were from Niagara College:

Lorie Peacock, Series of Original Advertisement Photos; and

Oliver Hannak, Series of Emulated Advertisements.

Both Peacock and Hannak graduated from the College’s Digital Photography program in 2015.

This year’s semifinalists were selected among nearly 150 entries in eight categories.

Although the program is organized by fourth-year Media Studies students at the University of Guelph-Humber, all 49 judges are independent industry professionals. The entries are judged according to originality and creativity, audience appeal and professionalism.

The winners will be announced on April 25. For more information visit www.emergemediaawards.ca

This is the second year in a row that Niagara College entries were among those shortlisted for Emerge Media Awards. Last year, Digital Photography grad (2014) Katie Wyatt won first place in the photography category with her entry “Karsh emulation of George Bernard Shaw.”

View previous articles on InsideNC:

NC students shortlisted for 2015 Emerge Media Awards

NC grad wins first in Photography at Emerge Media Awards

Niagara College PR students studying youth engagement

Students in Niagara College’s Public Relations (Graduate Certificate) program are trying to identify what motivates youth to become involved in their community.

As part of a marketing research project, the students are conducting a study on behalf of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) and the United Way of South Niagara (UWSN). The research focuses on the engagement and motivation of community involvement in youth, specifically post-secondary students.

As part of their research project, each group of PR students is targeting different demographics within the student body such as first-year, returning, international, and post-graduate students, through a variety of methodologies including group administered, personal interviews, focus group and a web survey. The survey is now underway and runs until mid-November. The findings will be presented November 25.

“What we’re looking forward to most from this study is to garner a greater understanding of what motivates a student to give their time and money, and also identify any potential barriers,” said NCSAC President, Shane Malcolm.

“This is another example of providing our students with real-world experience in a way that benefits the community,” said Linda Warren Camus, marketing research instructor in the Public Relations program. “For the students, it’s an opportunity to create and implement a real-life research project, and for the United Way and NCSAC, it’s an opportunity to use data to better understand a key demographic.”

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.

NC MEDIA STUDENTS TO BROADCAST 2016 IIHF U18 WOMEN’S WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

As the world’s best under-18 women’s hockey players gather in St. Catharines for the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship this week, a group of students from Niagara College’s School of Media Studies will broadcast the international competition around the globe.

When the puck drops for the eight-country tournament this week, students and graduates from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) and Journalism programs will play a major role in broadcasting and reporting on the championship, which takes place at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.

BRTF students and graduates will handle both the production and on-air aspects of the broadcasts, which will be carried on Hockey Canada’s website, hockeycanada.ca. The students and grads will broadcast 17 games up to the gold medal game, which will be broadcast by TSN.

“We’re very grateful for the expertise that Niagara College’s students, grads and faculty have brought to this event – they’ll play a significant role in bringing this event to the world,” said Matt Hill, general manager of 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship. “This is just one example of the many partnerships and opportunities that this event has generated right here in Niagara.”

While NC broadcasting students produce up to 40 mobile TV productions and 10 live news magazine shows each year, the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championships marks one of the highest production-value opportunities the program has ever had. Eight cameras will be used to broadcast each game, and the productions will mimic professional broadcasts as closely as possible.

“Incredible opportunities like this allow our students to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in a real-world setting,” said television production professor Peter VandenBerg. “Participating in a high-calibre event like this closes the gap between student and professional.”

“This is a great opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience that we wouldn’t get in a classroom or lab,” added Kalyna Taras of St. Catharines, a third-year BRTF student who will serve as producer of the broadcasts. “We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to do something on this scale – it will definitely give us a leg up as we prepare to enter the industry.”

The event is also a bit of a homecoming for NC graduates who will participate in the broadcasts. Nicco Cardarelli, a 2013 BRTF graduate who now works as a freelance broadcaster with Dome Productions and Rogers Communications will call the games, and Ashley Carney, a 2015 grad currently working with Bell Media will assist with broadcast interviews and game commentary.

“My time at Niagara College taught me the skills necessary to broadcast on the world stage,” said Cardarelli. “As a kid I dreamed of playing on Team Canada, and thanks to what I learned at Niagara College, I get to call the play-by-play for Team Canada.”

The championship will also provide a unique learning opportunity for students in the College’s Journalism program, who will file games stories, features and video over the course of the championship via niagara-news.com, a news site produced by students in the program. The students will also produce a special section of the print-version of the Niagara News, which will run Jan. 22.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our journalism students to work alongside professional journalists and international media,” said Journalism professor Charles Kopun. “They’ll be reporting live and in real time, filing stories, photos and video online. It’s invaluable experience and a great chance for networking.”

The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship takes place in St. Catharines Jan. 8-15 with games at the Meridian Centre and Seymour-Hannah Centre. Participating teams include Canada, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Russia and the Czech Republic. Niagara College is also a major sponsor of the event.

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 www.niagaracollege.ca

OUR SISTERS IN SPIRIT: CURTAIN TO RISE ON STUDENT FILM NOV. 30

A student-created documentary that focuses on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls will soon be in the spotlight at Niagara College.

The College’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL), and First Nations Inuit and Metis Student Services (FNIMSS) are hosting a special public screening of the documentary, Our Sisters in Spirit. The screening, to be held at the College’s Welland Campus on Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a question and answer period with the student filmmaker.

Writer, director and producer Nick Printup – who is a recent graduate of the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program and currently enrolled in the International Business Management post-graduate program – need aimed at exploring the question of calling a national public inquiry to Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, or whether there may be a better approach. He launched the idea in his scriptwriting class in spring 2014. That fall, he pitched the idea of creating the documentary in his Film Production class, gaining support of his peers. While the College provides $1,600 for each film project in that class, Printup and his crew raised more than $12,500 after 30 days of online fundraising, to enhance the quality of the project, which was completed in July 2015.

The Welland resident, who is originally from Ottawa, is passionate about the topic due to his personal connection to nine victims, through his family, friends and communities. “It is an issue that directly affects everyone around me and it is a very real and scary subject,” said Printup. “I wanted to educate people on the issue and, most importantly, educate those who never heard of the issue before or have just come to learn about it.”

The College’s FNMISS department was involved in the project from its inception. Aboriginal student success advisor Bernadette O’Grady-Bomberry recalled preparing for the first Sisters in Spirit vigil held at the College, when Printup counted nine women he had known that had become statistics. “That is nine women removed from their families – nine sisters no more, nine grandmothers no more, nine mothers, nine daughters-no more,” she said. “We listened when Nick was discouraged, disheartened, and needed a sounding board. We encouraged, we sympathized. We heard.”

Now that the labour has come to fruition, she noted that the screening comes with a sense of vicarious accomplishment and a sense of something just being realized. “This movement to recognize our missing and murdered women has become noticed by mainstream Canada,” she said. “The inquiry has been promised and is awaited. But we are still, missing our Sisters in Spirit.”

“The issue of our missing and murdered Aboriginal women is important for our local communities as well as Canada, and it is great to see Niagara College students addressing this issue in a profound and deeply meaningful way,” said Jeff Sinclair, community engagement coordinator for CSEL. “The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership is proud to provide support to the student filmmakers and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Services to bring this film to our on-campus and broader communities.”

The experience of documentary filmmaking led Printup to pursue education in business after graduating from the College’s Broadcasting program earlier this year. “The most rewarding experience about this project, for me, has been the ability to utilize my education as a tool to help my communities, my people and my family; and the opportunity to do more and take physical action to make a change, create awareness and educate the general public on a serious human rights issue,” he said.

Those interested in attending the screening on Nov. 30 may reserve seats online athttps://getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca/form/start/8483 or contact Jeff Sinclair at 906-641-2252 ext. 4610 (leave a message with your name and number of attendees).

For more details about the film visit www.oursistersinspirit.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 http://NiagaraCollege.ca.

 

Curtain rises on student-created documentary Oct. 31

Five Niagara College students will soon see a film they created premiere on the big screen.

Inspiring Potential, an autism awareness documentary they created for Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, will be featured for a one-time screening at Landmark Cinema in St. Catharines on Oct. 31. The 30-minute documentary aims to help viewers understand autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by explaining it through the personal stories of five local families.

Representatives from Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter approached Niagara College earlier this year with the idea of making a short documentary as part of its autism awareness campaign. A team of students in their third year of the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program, took on the project with enthusiasm as part of a class corporate video project. The team included Kalyna Taras (producer), Jenna Silta (director), Mark Ventresca (camera operator), Brad Curran (audio) and Mac Kropf (editor).

Taras, 23, said the experience was an amazing opportunity for her and the team of students. “We always knew the goal was to have this shown on the big screen which raised our standards and expectations for ourselves and this doc,” said Taras. “I’m most looking forward to the reactions from the five families in the film but also how this will affect the community – both ASD community and local community.”

“This is exactly the type of project we like our students to become involved in; working with members of the local community and creating a production that, in this case, wonderfully documents the lives of children and their families as they address autism,” said Broadcasting professor Bill Boehlen. “This project is a perfect opportunity for our students to create a high quality production for a real-world client and to work with local families whose lives have been affected by autism.”

Taras, a St. Catharines resident, noted that the project not only offered valuable experience in her chosen field but gave her an opportunity to make a difference in her hometown. “Being local, I love contributing and giving back to my community, and this has been a great way to do so,” she said. “I am so proud of my whole team and the work we’ve been able to do for the Autism Society. Doing the project and meeting these families has inspired me to be more involved in non-profits in my community, and to continue creating content that is meaningful to me and has an impact on lives.”

Jordan Shaw, communications and volunteer coordinator for Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, said the final product exceeded their expectations. “The team of students who created this documentary were amazing to work with on this project. They have been professional and kind, and right from day one they have put their heart and soul into this film,” said Shaw. “We are so grateful for their dedication and enthusiasm and appreciate all the work they have done to help raise awareness about ASD in the Niagara region.”

The documentary premiere wraps up National Autism Awareness Month, and Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter’s Burst the Bubble: Understanding Autism campaign. According to Shaw, more than 5,000 people in the Niagara region have been diagnosed with ASD – a lifelong neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them.

“We want people in the community to see this film and come to better understand the lives of families that have been touched by ASD,” said Shaw. “We want people to be aware of the challenges families face on a daily basis, but also to realize that with support, these challenges can be overcome and every individual can have the opportunity to realize their potential. One in 94 people in Canada are diagnosed with ASD and it is by learning about autism that our community can become a more accepting and supportive place for all individuals.”

To learn more about ASD or support the work of Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, please visit www.autismontario.com/niagara.

The premiere of Inspiring Potential will be held at Landmark Cinema, St. Catharines on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:45 a.m. It will begin with brief opening remarks and end with a presentation to the families and students who created the film. The movie is free for the public to attend, due to Landmark Cinema’s sponsorship of the screening.

For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-autism-awareness-documentary-premiere-tickets-19230673462

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.