College hairstyling students to help cut out domestic violence

When Niagara College students give haircuts on Sunday February 22 they will not only give their clients a new look they will be supporting a worthy cause.

The students – who are from the College’s Hairstyling Apprentices and Hairstyling Techniques programs – are hosting a Cut it Out cut-a-thon to benefit Women’s Place of South Niagara.

Cut it Out is an annual fundraising event that aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and educate stylists to recognize the signs in their clients while raising funds to support women and children in Niagara who have experienced abuse and violence. Participating salons across the Niagara region have raised more than $25000 for WPSN over the past five years.

“Women’s Place of South Niagara started the Cut it Out event to elevate awareness in our communities about domestic violence and to raise the necessary funds for us to continue to provide safe shelter free and confidential programs and services to women and children experiencing abuse and violence in Southern Niagara” said Ruthann Brown executive director of Women’s Place of South Niagara Inc. “We have been extremely fortunate to partner with Niagara College’s Hairstyling Techniques program over the past four years to educate future stylists about domestic violence – how to spot warning signs react and refer their clients to available resources in their communities.”

“By participating in Cut it Out our Hairstyling students have the opportunity to help raise awareness about this important issue while giving back to the community” said college president Dan Patterson. “It also offers our students valuable work experience at local salons and helps them make connections in the industry as they participate in the event.”

Cut it Out will be held at Niagara College’s Niagara Falls Campus (5881 Dunn St.) on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A minimum donation for a haircut is $10 and all proceeds from the event will benefit WPSN.  Appointments are preferred and may be booked by calling  905 374-7454 ext. 3620 (messages should include telephone numbers and reference Cut it Out).

WPSN operates two shelters – Nova House in Niagara Falls and Serenity Place in Welland. Last year it provided safe refuge to 359 women and children.

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

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