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In The Loop – February 28, 2017

NEXTNiagara: In The Loop – February 28, 2017

in the loop • february 28, 2017

News relevant to the emerging generation.
Volunteer opportunities. Events & Happenings.

F O L L O W us on F A C E B O O K
T W E E T us on T W I T T E R
J O I N us on L I N K E D I N

Are you a young person aspiring to lead on a Board of Directors?
Rules of
March 14, 2017, 6-9PM - 43 Church Street, 5th Floor Conference Room
This seminar will help you gain insight into the structure and process of board meetings, how decisions are made, and support you in your leadership journey. Facilitated by Kelly Edgar, Regional Councillor.
Cost: $10. Includes refreshments
Visit to register
Part of the Young Board Leaders Series by
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce - NEXTNiagara - Leadership Niagara - JCI St. Catharines - Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Emerging Social Media Opportunities

BY BRIANNE CARTER, Communications Committee
NEXTNiagara Council Member

As a young professional that used available online social tools and platforms to land in the working field, I would recommend using social media to connect you into the workforce. Realizing I had a passion early in college, I have volunteered doing social media for organizations for nearly a decade. Being from Niagara’s South Coast, Port Cares was just one of those organizations. Commonly, a small business or non-profit organization doesn’t have the staff capacity to have a soul person dedicated to manage social media channels. Volunteering is a great way to 1. create an opportunity and 2. helps the organization gain awareness, the ultimate win-win scenario.

In my current role as Client Services & Digital Media Strategy at Chimpanzee, i’m an administrator for 40+ business pages on Facebook alone with a team offering strategic digital assistance. I’m also a mentor with Literacy Link Niagara in a reverse mentoring program teaching social media and other digital media skills to mentees in our community (another great volunteer opportunity).

Most of the emerging generation utilizes personal social media accounts, c’mon it’s 2017… so here are a few of my tips and best practices to create opportunities and stay in the loop with a professional appearance on social media.

Read Brianne’s Blog

Meet four Niagara food
entrepreneurs who want to feed you


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There’s more to education than the three R’s.

At Mohawk College in Hamilton, there are also the three P’s: production, preparation and procurement. They aren’t related to anything learned in a classroom. Instead, they’re all about what’s on students’ plates come lunch, and they offer a lesson about the importance of local food.

Production teaches students about growing food. Preparation is about cooking what they grow. And procurement is about buying it, particularly food with origins close to home.

With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Greenbelt Fund, Mohawk is leading a project to create a common model for that third P, local food procurement, for Ontario’s 24 community colleges.

Public institutions from schools and hospitals to universities and government offices have talked for years about how they crave more local food in their cafeterias. Here at home, Brock University sources regional ingredients when it can for the daily offerings served on campus. The French fries there, which were a real weakness of mine when I worked at the university, are made with potatoes that have local roots.

This weekend, a story in the Toronto Star talked about some of the  inroads made when it comes to getting local food into schools, and the recognition by students that cooking and eating good food grown nearby matters as much as math class.

Offering local food doesn’t merely nourish students’ bodies. It feeds their imaginations and plants the seeds for fruitful careers in food. And Niagara, which is on the southwestern periphery of the Greenbelt, is fertile ground for such career ambitions.

The Greenbelt is two million acres of land protected from urban sprawl.  It’s bigger than all of Prince Edward Island. That makes it one big insurance policy we’ll have some of the best farmland to continue providing us many local meals in the future.

Read more from Eating Niagara

International Women’s Day 2017
March 3
This is My Niagara Connect Event
March 7
Robert’s Rules seminar
March 14

State of the Region
March 22

Niagara Entrepreneurship Week
April 3–7

NEXTNiagara Social
April 27

NEXTNiagara News

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Scotties a success for St. Catharines

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts that took over downtown St. Catharines has been a success on just about every level. “It’s been a really good event especially for the community,” said Doug Geddie, vice-chair of the host committee.
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Warming the streets of St. Catharines

Several hundred people warmed the streets of St. Catharines during the Coldest Night of the Year walk. The walk, a local fundraiser for Start Me Up Niagara, aims to raise awareness for homelessness.
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Big win for Port Colborne tech pro

John Gerryts is looking to the future. The Port Colborne IT professional returned from the World Government Summit after picking up $100k in winnings from the Blockchain Virtual GovHack.
Read more

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