College names outdoor classroom after long-time supporter


Suzie Bowles and Sue Burch, board members for The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation (standing), speak to an Environmental Technician class gathered at the Outdoor Classroom on October 13.

An outdoor learning space has been dedicated to a long-time College supporter: The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation.

Located on the wetlands at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the site was recently named in honour of the Foundation following its $100,000 donation to the College for equipment earlier this year.

“Education and the environment are pillars for charitable giving for The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation, so we thought it would be fitting to name our ‘living classroom’ in recognition of the Foundation’s strong support for our College,” said Helen Armstrong, development officer, Foundation and Alumni Relations.

Board members of The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation Suzie Bowles and Sue Burch – who is an environmental engineer at Resolute Forest Products – visited the NOTL Campus for the sign reveal on October 13, and spoke to Environmental Technician students gathered for class at the site.

Associate dean of the College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies Al Unwin noted that the outdoor classroom plays an important role for college students, staff and the community.

”We are grateful for The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation’s generous support and are honoured to dedicate this site in their name,” said Unwin. “Since its construction in 1999, our environment students use this classroom for soil and water sampling, species identification and ecosystem restoration. This hands-on experience is what makes Niagara College so unique, and prepares our students for entering the workforce with relevant experience and skills.”

Since 1979, The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation has donated $600,000 to the College. It has supported 112 scholarships/ bursaries for students in environmental programs, several capital campaigns, as well as donations of gifts-in-kind.

The outdoor classroom located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus has now been named in recognition of a long-time College supporter, The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation. Company board members Suzie Bowles and Sue Burch stand with the new sign.


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