Hoekstra hockey fundraiser to support student bursary


Shown above: Organizers of the Edward Hoekstra Memorial Winter Classic prepare for the event. Pictured from left are Jay Thatcher, Shannon Collison, Sandy Herkimer, and Al Unwin.
Niagara College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies will host its first annual Edward Hoekstra Winter Classic ball hockey fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Their goal: to raise funds to support a student bursary in memory of faculty member Mike Hoekstra’s father Eddie Hoekstra who passed away in November 2011 as a result of a tragic accident. Hoekstra was a professional hockey player in the ‘60s who played for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The event will take place from 2-5 p.m. in the college’s east rear parking lot at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

Participants will include both students and faculty from the college’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, as well as faculty and friends of the Hoekstra family. Two games will be played; the first featuring two student teams, and the second with faculty and family/friends. Prizes will be awarded. Members of the Hoekstra family are expected to attend and will be conducting the puck drop for the game.

In addition to the ball hockey game, festivities will continue inside the NC Greenhouse where community businesses have donated items for a prize table and pizza and beverages will be sold.

Spectators may purchase tickets for a $5 donation, or a $10 donation which includes food. All proceeds will be devoted to the memorial bursary, to be awarded yearly to an outstanding Landscape Technician student who demonstrates excellence in landscape design/construction as well as leadership qualities.

Event organizer Sandy Herkimer, who works as Internship Project Coordinator EMA and GIS Post-Graduate Programs for NC’s Environment and Geomatics Centre, said staff and faculty thought the hockey game would be a fitting tribute to Hoekstra, and an opportunity to get students, staff, and faculty involved at the same time.

While this year’s event was originally intended to be an outdoor ice hockey game, it was changed to ball hockey due to warmer-than-normal temperatures. Organizers hope to make it an annual event to support the new bursary.

“There’s been a great response so far,” said Herkimer, who noted that $1,000 has already been raised. “It feels good to know that we’re helping out a student in memory of our colleague’s father.”

For tickets or information contact Herkimer at 905-641-2252 ext. 4470 or email sherkimer@niagarac.on.ca



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