Volunteering has its own rewards- Niagara College student recognized for contributions to the region


Allison Pillwein, NC student; Cindy Forster, Welland MPP

The saying may be ‘no good deed goes unpunished’, but for Niagara College student Allison Pillwein the opposite seems true. On June 3rd, Welland MPP Cindy Forster presented Pillwein with the illustrious Leading Women Building Communities Recognition Award for all of her work within the community.

“Being recognized for my volunteer work with this award came as a huge surprise to me!” Pillwein said. “It’s great to be a part of something that is actively making our community and country a better place to live.”

The Ontario-based Leading Women/Leading Girls building Communities Recognition Program aims to celebrate the women and girls within communities who show exemplary leadership skills in improving the lives of others through their work. Pillwein has certainly met that ideal with her over 400 hours of volunteer work with the College and the YWCA Niagara Region.

“Allison has earned the respect and gratitude of everyone she connects with, on and off campus,” said Dana Brown. Brown is the community engagement coordinator at Niagara College. “The entire College is extremely proud of all her hard work and dedication to the community. Congratulations Allison, you deserve it!”

Pillwein not only volunteers within the community as she regularly contributes to the College through the LEAD program and as a peer tutor. Pillwein has certainly become an exemplary agent for change within the Niagara Region.

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