“Many Hands” build a marketplace for Hotel Dieu


Some of the students involved in the Many Hands Project, who helped build the new marketplace at Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation Centre.

It took “Many Hands” to build, but the marketplace at Hotel Dieu is complete and ready for the patients at the local rehabilitation centre to enjoy.

On April 13, 2017 Niagara College Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Carpentry Renovation Technician program students, along with faculty, held a reveal celebration for the new marketplace project at Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehabilitation.

“Over the last few months the construction students have been busy working away at transforming the space behind us while the event management students planned and executed four very successful events to fund this year’s project,” said Kathy Nitta, Many Hands project chair. “This marketplace is an extremely exciting addition to Hotel Dieu Shaver, where therapists will work with the patients to add in their rehabilitation process. Thanks to supports and partners we are able to support the incredible work that Hotel Dieu Shaver does for the region.”

The Many Hands Project is a student-driven renovation program executed by students in the Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Carpentry Renovation Technician programs at Niagara College. Each year, one local non-profit organization is chosen by the Many Hands Committee to receive their assistance. Together, the students plan and execute the entire process including: completing the desired renovations, involving the community through volunteer recruitment and raising awareness for the non-profit organization.

“Every year to see the transformation, to see what it means to the charity, and how excited everyone is for what they are receiving. This going to be around for years and years to come, and will benefit many lives in the community,” said Derek Moore, associate vice president, Call Centre of Canadian Tire Bank – the founding sponsor of the Many Hands project. “We are excited and passionate to continue this partnership for hopefully the next 20 years between Canadian Tire and Niagara College.”

Canadian Tire Bank donated $7500 to this year’s project, and has been the lead sponsor of Many Hands for 20 years.

“The Many Hands project represents the best of applied education – employing skills and knowledge gained in the classroom in a way that enhances the lives of people in our community.  We are very proud of the more than $336,000 we have raised over the past 20 years for deserving organizations in the Niagara Region,” said Christine Blane, Program Coordinator, Event Management

The new marketplace will give the therapists the opportunity to teach the patients real life skills.  It will help to rehabilitate the patients by incorporating real world obstacles like shopping, banking and dining out, and this will enable patients to build confidence, relearn skills and aid them in their recovery process.

“Huge congrats to faculty, staff, construction students, and everyone involved, we are truly amazed at the transformation here today,” said Mary Jane Johnson, director of communications at Hotel Dieu Shaver. “I was personally at every single event that was planned, and the students did an amazing job. From line dancing to trivia nights, I was just very happy to be a part of it.”


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