Michele O’Keefe Joins College Roster



O’Keefe starts as Niagara’s associate director of Athletics and Recreation July 3. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – Longtime sport management leader and Welland native Michele O’Keefe will be joining the Niagara College team as associate director of Athletics and Recreation, beginning July 3.
O’Keefe is returning to her hometown in Niagara after serving as president and CEO of Canada Basketball, where she worked to build stronger relationships with sport associations across Canada and was responsible for oversight of key government relations and sponsorship negotiations for Canada Basketball.
O’Keefe began her professional career with Canada Basketball in 1994 and also held positions including manager, Communications, director, Basketball Operations, executive director and president and chief executive officer. Prior to re-joining Canada Basketball in 2010, O’Keefe was the executive director of Ontario Basketball (2007-2010).
During her time with Canada Basketball, O’Keefe was also integral in bringing several world-class basketball tournaments to Canada, including the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, coming to St. Catharines this June. O’Keefe has deep ties to the Niagara region, having grown up in Welland, and is a board member of the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society.
“I’m excited for the next phase of my life,” O’Keefe said. “I’ve always thought I would like to move back to the Niagara region and Niagara College has opened this door for me. There are so many great things happening at Niagara College and I’m thrilled to join the team.”
As president and CEO at Canada Basketball, O’Keefe also worked to develop stronger relationships with provincial/territorial partners, national stakeholders and other international federations. In addition, she was responsible for the oversight of all government relations and supported sponsorship negotiations for the organization.
The addition of O’Keefe comes at an exciting time for athletics at Niagara College. The College recently hosted the 2018 OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and announced it will be the host of the 2019 CCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Michele back to Niagara, and to the Athletics and Recreation team at Niagara College,” said Dave Taylor, associate vice president of Academic and Learner Services. “Her leadership skills and experience managing provincial and national sport associations, as well as her strong community connections will help cement Niagara College’s role as a key player in Niagara’s sport and tourism industries.”
Niagara College’s intercollegiate athletics program was formed in 1969 and has won nine national championships and 40 provincial championships. More than 130 student-athletes compete on Niagara College’s six varsity sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball and three tournament teams, including golf, curling, and cross country.
Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.


(Source: Niagara College news release)


Chippawa’s Charms

Chippawa Park rose garden section, on a sunlit morning, is a sight to behold. Enhanced by the outstanding work of city horticultural workers. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

Dutch Treat



A portion of the crowd at this morning’s free, used tulip bulb giveaway by the city in Chippawa Park. Even though it didn’t get underway until 8 a.m., people were in line around 7 a.m. to be among the first to get theirs. About 10,000 to 12,000 used bulbs were available, in mixed colours, two dozen per recipient. The bulbs were unearthed from the city’s tulip beds on Tuesday, which made it messy work because of the rain said Frank Reddon, one of the city’s horticulture staff. The giveaway is an annual rite of spring here in the Rose City. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)


Off To The Races

Great two days of racing at South Niagara Rowing Club’s South Niagara Invitational Regatta on the Great Dain course, Dain City. Top left, a women’s coxed eight makes its way down the course heading for the starting area; top right, standing room only on the Dain City bridge; bottom right, boats heading down the course with the former railway bridge in the background. A visitor from a club in New York State was overheard to remark the local course is among her favourites because it is so picturesque and “rowing friendly.” More than 50 clubs  were in town Saturday and Sunday to compete. For results, see the coverage in The Tribune. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar
Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

General Committee ≫
7:00 PM Tuesday May. 22  –
Council Chambers

(Source: City of Welland website)