The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By ALEX YORKE Staff Writer Niagara College’s Get Involved Week kicked off in the learning commons of the Welland Campus on Sept. 19, offering students volunteer opportunities to expand their personal and professional experience. The Commons was filled with booths dedicated to on-campus programs, including sustainability, entrepreneurship, speech writing and peer mentoring programs to help students build up their co-curricular records. These records act as a portfolio of experience and are an asset to any student when they are looking to join the workforce. “Get Involved Week is a great way for students to check out all of the services we have for them,” said Sarah Singleton, Peer Mentoring Program coordinator. “Anything from getting a job to joining a club, it’s here.” Among the highlighted features of the week are the Peer Mentoring open-house events, where students can learn about how peer mentorship can be a great asset to freshmen and seniors alike. “We don’t say that it’s not academic based, but it’s more advice based,” said Singleton. She said mentorship is not just a simple tutoring job, but rather a support system for those who are in need of guidance during what can be one of the most overwhelming times in a young person’s life. Events run throughout the week to encourage students to be proactive in the community. The first day of the event involved on-campus services and campus-affiliated volunteer groups. The second day showcased various community partners and not-for-profit organizations students can join. Other events during Get Involved Week include a biodiversity walk/run sponsored by the Office of Sustainability on campus, and Bubble Soccer, a sport in which players in large plastic bubbles battle gravity while trying to score goals. The week will conclude at the Niagara Wine Festival Grand Parade, where Niagara College’s float is expected to make an appearance. As one final act of “getting involved” students can walk with the float and cheer on Niagara College. The parade takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11a.m., in downtown St. Catharines for spectators. To register for participation in the parade visit https://getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca/organization/getinvolved for more details.