Boys and Girls Club Niagara presents award to Rob Walters

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NC’s senior advisor to the president Rob Walters has been recognized for his efforts to support children and youth in the community.

Walters, who is president of the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, has been presented with a BGCN Outstanding Board Director Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the organization during his time on the board. Only the top three board members with the most volunteer hours are considered for the award, and the one with the most votes from their fellow board trustees is declared the winner. The award presentation was part of the Club’s annual recognition evening on March 28.

Walters, who is president of the BGCN, has been involved with the Club since 2014. In 2015, he joined the Club’s Foundation and began his two-year term as president in March 2017.

“It is very humbling to be a recipient of this award,” said Walters. “There are so many individuals on the Board, at the Club and in the community that allow the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara to provide quality programs and services to the children and youth of Niagara.”

BCGN executive director JoAnne Turner said it has been a privilege to work alongside Walters and that the organization has benefitted greatly from his tremendous leadership and unwavering commitment to serving the community.

“For years, Mr. Walters has been a staunch supporter of the Club and a great champion for the work we do in the community. As our board president, he generously gives his time, willingly contributes his expertise, and continually motivates others with his positivity and enthusiasm for service,” she said. “We could not be more grateful for his commitment to benefitting children, youth, and their families across the Niagara region and we look forward to his continued support as we work towards creating new and exciting opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders.”

The BGCN and NC

 

Representatives from the BGCN noted that the Club Is proud of its strong partnership it shares with Niagara College, and applauded Walters for serving as a liaison between the two, aiding in the organization’s ability to forge a lasting partnership with NC that benefits the children and youth at the Club and provides meaningful opportunities for students at the College.

Many NC students and graduates work at the Club of have participated in co-op or work placements.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute and Benchmark Restaurant have also supported the Club, assisting with events and lending equipment. The BGCN partnered with the College for its past two holiday parties which treated children from the Club’s Kids Zone and Teen Zone programs to a traditional holiday dinner, courtesy of students and faculty from NC.

The Club also partnered with students from the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program to create a promotional video for the Club to reflect its mission, vison, and values. The video was unveiled at the Club’s Champion for Children’s Gala in January.

In January, NC received a Champions for Children Award from the BGCN in recognition of the College’s outstanding contributions to children and youth in Niagara. In addition to the CFWI’s contributions, and the Broadcasting students’ video project, the Club recognized students from the College’s Business Administration – Marketing program for an innovative research project in winter 2016 that benefited the BGCN, under the direction of faculty member Malcolm Howe. The study examined sign-up information for Club programs and camps, showing areas of the region that were under-represented, and compared trends of those who used multiple BGCN services versus those who only attended one camp.

The College as well as Benchmark Restaurant were both recognized as outstanding contributors to the BGCN at an annual recognition evening which took place on March 2 at John Michael’s Banquet Centre in Thorold.

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