NC’s Many Hands Project transforms Upper Deck Youth Centre


Students from NC’s Event Management and Renovation Technician-Construction programs pose in front of the Upper Deck Youth Centre on Reveal Day, April 12, 2014.


A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 12. Pictured with the NC students are Glen Sparks, director, Upper Deck Youth Centre; Steve Hudson, VP Academic, NC; Bill Hodgson, mayor, Town of Lincoln; and Dave DeFelice, VP Customer Service and Operations, Canadian Tire Financial Services (lead sponsor of the Many Hands Project).

Students from Niagara College’s Event Management, and Renovation Technician – Construction programs celebrated the success of the college’s 17th annual Many Hands Project by unveiling renovations to the Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland.

A reveal day festival was held at the Upper Deck on Saturday, April 12. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the newly renovated facilities, a series of family-friendly events and activities for the community, and a special presentation to thank project sponsors.

“We are pleased to assist the Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland as part of this year’s Many Hands Project,” said Niagara College’s vice-president Academic Steve Hudson. “The Many Hands Project provides our students with an exceptional opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting, and make a positive difference in the community.”

The College’s construction students began renovating the Upper Deck Youth Centre in January 2014. Renovations included new paint, new flooring to the upper level, new kitchen cabinets and counters in the kitchen and snack bar area, concrete repairs, updates to washrooms facilities, a complete redesign of the basement, and the addition of a storage shed for sporting equipment. A CTFS donation of sporting equipment for the centre from Jump Start was also announced during the reveal day ceremony.

NC’s Event Management students held five successful fundraising events to support this year’s project. They raised a whopping $37,300 which far surpassed their $12,500 goal. Due to the additional funds, the students not only supported the renovations but were able to leave a legacy behind for the youth centre through the purchase of two new computers, a printer, homework stations, a new television, an oven, brand new couches, and more.

“The Many Hands Project has been an awesome experience for the Upper Deck Youth Centre. The Event Management students have worked extremely hard to raise money for the renovations at the centre and the Renovation Technician students have been amazing to work with since day one,” said Glen Sparks, director, Upper Deck Youth Centre. “We can’t express our gratitude enough to all involved for being the hands and feet for the youth of Vineland.”

The Many Hands Project and committee would like to thank all sponsors and donors as well as the surrounding community for their tremendous support. The committee extends special thank-you to this year’s ‘Heart’ sponsor, Canadian Tire Financial Services, who has been a partner with the Many Hands Project from the inception; as well to St. Catharines Building Supplies who were generous sponsors of this year’s project.

The Many Hands Project was developed by Niagara College faculty to provide students in the Event Management and construction programs with a hands-on learning experience in their respective fields of study. Since 1998, the Many Hands Project has supported not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects, which enhance program and service delivery. The Many Hands Project has assisted not-for-profit organizations all over the Niagara region including Grimsby, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines.

The Upper Deck Youth Centre, the recipient of the 17th annual Many Hands Project, is an inclusive facility that provides a welcoming environment for young people, where they can receive assistance, interact with other young people, and be mentored by trained adults who help them reach their full potential.

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