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Many Hands gather for Shaver

By Don Fraser, St. Catharines Standard

Niagara College students pose for a photo after the announcement of renovations to Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre Friday January 13, 2017. The Many Hands renovation program at the college celebrates it's 20th year and involves Construction Renovation Technician and Event Management students. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network Many Hands

Niagara College students pose for a photo after the announcement of renovations to Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre Friday January 13, 2017. The Many Hands renovation program at the college celebrates it's 20th year and involves Construction Renovation Technician and Event Management students. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network Many Hands

The ingenuity and sweat of Niagara College students is set to be harnessed for the betterment of the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

On Friday, that 2017 project and two decades of Many Hands projects was celebrated at a kick-off event held at the Shaver in St. Catharines.

Dozens, including co-partner Canadian Tire Bank, took part to launch a project that uses targeted skills from college students in community service.

Starting this month, Hotel Dieu’s facilities will undergo renovations by students in the college’s construction renovation technician program to create a ‘physical market place’.

There, patients in rehabilitation can relearn living skills, such as shopping, banking and restaurant dining.

The project will be coordinated by the college’s event management graduate certificate program staff and students, and is worth an estimated $20,000.

A highlight of Friday’s project’s launch was the presentation of a $7,500 cheque from the Canadian Tire Bank, a 20-year supporter of Many Hands.

Niagara College students have raised $150,000 and given 42,000 hours of volunteer placement for Many Hands projects over five years.

It requires students to run a renovation in a local non-profit community organization, including fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations.

Agencies selected by Many Hands must be not-for-profit, be involved in community-based service in the region, and willing to commit resources.

The Shaver on Glenridge Avenue is a healthcare facility with a focus on rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to Niagara patients.

donfraser@postmedia.com