Monthly Archives: May 2018

Michele O’Keefe Joins College Roster

 

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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)

Dutch Treat

 

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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.

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

(Source: City of Welland website)

City Shorts, Try ’em On For Size

 

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CITY SHORTS ART: Enjoying the view on an early evening walk. (City Shorts photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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City Shorts 

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland. Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to: joe0606barko@gmail.com

 

WANT TO BE A CANDIDATE IN THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION?
electionWELLAND – The municipal election is being held October 22 and the nomination period is already underway, having started May 1 and continuing through to July 27. Interested in running…thinking about running…not sure what’s involved? The City of Welland has everything you need to know available on its website. Please visit: https://www.welland.ca/Elections/CandidateInformation.asp

WELLAND BOAT RENTAL PROGRAM OPENS MAY 19
WELLAND – Kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards….. Free for all renters 12 and under! Beginning May 19, weekend hours: 11am to 6pm.
More info: https://www.welland.ca/localattractions/BoatRentals.asp

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR VICTORIA DAY
vic dayWELLAND – All Welland library branches will be closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day. There are no items due on May 21, and you can place holds, check out e-books and renew your items any time, using the catalogue.
Have a fun and safe long weekend!
Visit the city’s website for holiday info about city hall departments.

VICTORIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
WELLAND – Join in for some family fun, music and fireworks as Welland celebrates Victoria Day at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, Sunday, May 20 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Full details on the city’s website.

BIG REGATTA ON WIFC SOUTH COURSE THIS WEEKEND
WELLAND – The South Niagara Rowing Club will be hosting 40th annual Invitational Regatta on the Welland International Flatwater Centre’s south course this weekend.
The first High School Invitational Regatta was held in 1978 and has run every year since on the Victoria Day weekend in May.
2016’s was the largest event to date with approximately 1,200 athletes in 595 boats from 74 schools to compete in the 2-day event.
The 2018 regatta takes place Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

HORT SOCIETY PLANT SALE SET TO BLOOM
WELLAND – Welland Horticultural Society is hosting its annually-held plant sale Saturday, May 19. Hours are 9 am – noon, at 1100 Niagara Street North, the Niagara Regional Fairgrounds in Building B. Shoppers will find mostly perennials that have been donated by the society’s members. Experienced gardeners will be there to answer questions.

CIRCLE MAY 23 ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR MUSEUM EVENTS
WELLAND – Welland Museum is holding the re-opening of its Lower Galleries and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 23.
The re-opening ceremony is scheduled for 5:30pm and the AGM, at 7pm. In order to vote you must be a member of good standing, but can get a membership if you arrive early to the meeting.
Light refreshments will be served.

TULIP BULB GIVEAWAY
WELLAND – The city’s annual free used tulip bulb giveaway is Wednesday, May 23, 8am to 9:30am at Chippawa Park – Fitch Street and First Avenue (Maintenance Building). Absolutely no bulbs will be released before 8am. Remember to bring your own containers to take them home in!

GET THOSE BRANCHES CURBSIDE FOR COLLECTION
branch-collection-limitsWELLAND – Spring branch collection started May 7 and continues until June 1. Curbside branch collection is available across the region to all residents living in single-family homes and apartments with six units or less. When setting out branches for collection, it is important to remember: Branches must be tied in bundles, Maximum weight of bundle = 22.7 kg (50 lbs.), Maximum size of bundle = 1.5 m (5 ft.) in length and 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) in diameter, Individual branches inside of the bundle must not exceed 7 cm (2.8 in.) in diameter, Branches must be at the curb by 7am on your regular collection day. In addition to curbside collection, branches and yard waste can also be dropped off by residents at one of the Region’s Waste and Recycling Depots year round, free of charge.

TEST IT TUESDAY
WELLAND – Fire Departments throughout the Niagara Region want you to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms Tuesday, May 29.

SPRING CONVOCATION AT COLLEGE’S WELLAND CAMPUS
WELLAND – Spring Convocation ceremonies are being held at Niagara College’s Welland campus June 19 – June 22.
For individual ceremony details visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/enrolmentservices/convocation/ceremony-schedule/

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER WITH THE CITY?
city logoWELLAND – The City of Welland encourages individuals of all ages and abilities to play an active role in their community by volunteering their time to help deliver recreation and culture programs.
View opportunities here: https://www.welland.ca/RecCulture/volunteer.asp

BUSY, BUSY SUMMER ON THE WATERWAY
WELLAND – Lots of action on the local waterway in the weeks ahead. If you’re not aware of what’s going on, the city has a good listing of the various events and competitions posted on its website. Please visit: https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/events.asp

JUNE DATE FOR SKATEBOARD PARK GRAND OPENING
WELLAND – The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council presents the grand opening of the Welland Skateboard and BMX Park, Saturday June 9 starting at noon with the official ribbon cutting. Free prize for first 200 to arrive! Raffle prizes. The local skate shop presents a Stunt Team Demo at 12:30pm. The Associates take the stage at 1:15pm. Enjoy on-site food trucks, Community Living Youth Art Project, Niagara Inflatables, face painting and balloon animals. Parking will be available at the Welland Community Wellness Complex and the Welland Arena.

MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ‘ROMANCE’
WELLAND – The Mandolin Orchestra is holding this concert Sunday, May 27, 3pm at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. Tickets are $12 for passholders; $15 for non-passholders. International favourites, North American tunes, Broadway hits, Celtic music, Pops, light classics – the Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara does it all. Under the direction of Sylvia Hlywka Brabson, this group of musicians presents a wide range of music sure to delight any audience.

VELVETONES HOST SPRING PERFORMANCE
WELLAND – Join the Velvetones for their spring performance Sunday, June 3, 2pm at the Wellness Complex theatre. The Music Goes On promises to be a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time. Tickets: $8 for passholders and $10 for non-passholders.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GIFT SHOP
WELLAND – Welland Hospital Gift Shop is seeking volunteers and auxiliary members. Interested? Call 905-732-6111 ext. 33141 or email whauxiliarygs653@gmail.com.

JOIN THE MAYOR’S WALK ON MERRITT ISLAND
WELLAND – Meet Mayor Campion at the Merritt Island parking lot Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. for a 40-minute walk on Merritt Island.

(City Shorts is a weekly feature on the blog appearing Thursdays or Fridays)