Message from Dan Patterson: Please join me for Niagara Day 2014

Dan PattersonPlease join me and your colleagues for Niagara Day 2014, to be held Wednesday, August 27 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

As many of you are aware, Niagara Day is a treasured tradition at Niagara College. It marks the beginning of the academic year, as we prepare to welcome a new group of students as well as those returning to complete their studies. It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to reconnect as a learning community.

One of the highlights of each Niagara Day is recognizing the achievements of our staff and faculty through Service Awards, the Niagara Champions Award, Joint Health and Safety Award, College Educator Development Program certificates and the prestigious Awards of Excellence.

Another main feature is our inspirational guest speakers. I am pleased to announce that our Niagara Day 2012 speaker Yvonne Camus will be back by popular demand at this year’s event. Yvonne is one of North America’s most trusted speakers on teamwork and performance. She entered the spotlight as a participant on Canada’s first team in the Discovery Channel’s Eco-Challenge, a world championship of adventure racing conceived by Mark Burnett of Survivor fame. Hers was the first rookie team to complete the gruelling competition.

Deeply relatable, Yvonne interweaves her personal experiences—as a business executive and a mother of three—into revelatory keynotes on human performance. Punchy, moving, and often humorous, she draws on her experiences to show how we can rise to our day-to-day challenges and stresses to lead a healthy, high performance life — at work and at home.

A great line-up of live music is also planned for Niagara Day, including our “Niagara Day House Band” and a special musical guest. Doors open and refreshments will be available at 7:45 a.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus gym. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a delicious lunch, served by Benchmark in the courtyard. The NC Wellness Watch Committee has organized a small wellness fair that will also take place during the lunch period with Canadian Blood Services and Niagara Public Health booths set-up in the halls.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the SAC food bank and remember to wear your name tag to the event.

I encourage you to help us reach our College’s sustainability goals. Please bring your refillable beverage containers for coffee and water.

I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

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