Hotel Dieu selected as Niagara College’s Many Hands renovation project

Jane Rufrano, CEO of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, and HDS executives were among those who gathered at Benchmark restaurant on November 3 for NC's Many Hands Project recipient announcement. Hotel Dieu Shaver was announced as the 20th anniversary recipients of NC's Many Hands Project.

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been selected as the recipient of the 20th annual Niagara College Many Hands project.

“Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre’s patients will benefit from this project as it will give them the skills they need for independent living after a life-impacting health change,” says Jane Rufrano, CEO of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Beginning in January, Hotel Dieu centre’s facilities will undergo a series of renovations by students in Niagara College’s (NC) construction programs, and coordinated and supported by students in NC’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program.

“The Many Hands project will be creating a physical and cognitive rehabilitation space by incorporating real-world obstacles such as shopping, banking and a dining experience,” said Rufrano. “This environment will help patients relearn daily living skills and regain their independence to enable people to reach their optimal level of health and well-being.”

In the past five years, NC students have raised $150,000 for local non-profit agencies and have given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement work to the community through the program.

“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, that when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Event Management Program co-ordinator. “We are excited to partner with Hotel Dieu as they provide support to the entire Niagara region.”

The renovations to Hotel Dieu will include the creation of ‘The Marketplace’ in which Construction Renovation Technician students will design the space to include walls, flooring and doors, as well as space for grocery items, a freezer, a restaurant booth and an ATM.

The announcement of this year’s project was made at a breakfast today hosted by Niagara College.


Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in
providing rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to patients from the Niagara region. It is located in St. Catharines.

The Many Hands project requires students to plan, co-ordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations initiatives.

Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project, selected by the project committee, must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. 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, contact:
Christine Blane
Coordinator, Event Management Program
905-641-2252, ext. 4466

Jane Rufrano
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
905-685-1381 x 84871