NC Event Management student earns provincial recognition


Louise Rowe was given the Ontario student leadership award from Festivals and Events Ontario in Niagara Falls on April 2, 2017.

A Niagara College Event Management (Graduate Certificate) student has earned provincial recognition, thanks in large part to her work with the program’s signature project, Many Hands.

Louise Rowe, originally from Pool, UK, is this year’s recipient of a Student Leadership Award from Festivals and Events Ontario. The award was presented April 2 in Niagara Falls.

On Sunday April 2, 2017, Niagara College Event Management student Louise Rowe received an Ontario student leadership award from Festivals and Events Ontario in Niagara Falls. The award recognizes students’ efforts and accomplishments within the scope of festivals and events.

“I was amazed when I was notified that I had received the award; I then felt incredibly honoured to have the award presented to me at our Life N Style event, it was definitely a good surprise,” said Rowe.

The Many Hands Project is a student driven initiative that allows students to develop their leadership skills. Teams try to raise as much money as they can for the Many Hands Project. The students in the Event Management program choose the year’s non-profit organization, and this year they chose Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in September.

“The money Louise’s team raised is going to the creation of a marketplace where patients will learn every day skills like shopping, banking and dining out. Louise’s leadership within her team was an invaluable part of the overall success of the student’s collaboration for this year’s project but beyond her work here this year, she was selected for her academics and work in the hospitality industry that she attained in the UK,” said Christine Blane, coordinator and professor of the Event Management program. “I am so pleased that a student from Niagara College was awarded the first student leadership award from FEO. It is an honour for us and Louise to be the recipient and we thank FEO for creating this bursary to encourage student leadership.”

“The faculty in the program have been incredibly supportive throughout the whole process and I feel very privileged to have received the first FEO Student Leadership Award,” Said Rowe.

Rowe received the $500 bursary during the Life ‘N’ Style Niagara event fundraiser, planned by Niagara College Event Management students. The event was a fundraiser for the Many Hands project.

“Event management has been a long standing member of Festivals and Events Ontario and we encourage our students to join and be a part of many associations for networking and career opportunities. We are pleased to be able to share with future students that this opportunity for a leadership award exists,” said Blane

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