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In The Loop – March 31, 2017

in the loop • march 31, 2017


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Effective Networking

BY KEVAN PETERS, C.Tech, Hy-Grade Precast Concrete Ltd., NCA Young Leaders Committee Chair
NEXTNiagara Council Member

Networking can be a valuable tool in your path to success. If utilized effectively, your ability to turn a stranger into a connection will only benefit you in your professional and personal life.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of professional networking events and always go through the same routine. I prepare in advance what I will say and how I will say it. I know that I am good at my job and can contribute to an adult conversation. I approach the entrance doors with confidence and am excited about the opportunity. I enter the room and am instantly returned back to my first day of high school, walking into a packed cafeteria where I don’t know anybody. I’m overwhelmed and don’t see a single welcoming chair to sit in. The only reasonable solution is to eat outside in the courtyard instead of simply asking someone if I could sit down.

Networking and conversation are essential soft skills that we are not taught as youth and I am making the choice, now, to get better. I’ve developed the following list of activities to focus on.
Read Kevan’s Blog

Community funds strengthening fabric of Niagara

BY PAUL FORSYTH, Niagara This Week – Thorold

Since marrying her new husband and moving to Thorold, Rachel De Divitiis now has a new understanding of why folks in the little city love it so much.

It’s something hubby Mario De Divitiis already knew, since he spent most of his life growing up there and his family flourished running businesses such as the Moose and Goose and Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre under the leadership of his late father Paul and his mom Anna.

Now the newlyweds want to give back to the city that’s given them so much, by creating the first named community fund in Thorold that will for years to come earn money to help all manner of community causes in the city.

They’re joining a growing number of couples, families and businesses setting up funds to make Niagara a stronger, better place to live through the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF).

“It’s a matter of contributing to where we live and hoping to make the community that we walk our dog in every day and we live in every day a better community,” said Rachel, who manages the entrepreneurial hub at Niagara College.

Instead of handing out wedding favours at their recent nuptials, the couple left cards for guests notifying them that instead they were contributing to the new fund established in their name.

Mario, chief executive officer of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, said Thorold and his parents became closely intertwined through the family businesses and his mom’s 30-plus years of volunteering in schools and churches. The city recently named a section of Front Street in his father’s honour, and his mom received a good citizenship award for lifetime achievement.

“I want to do more for others,” said Mario. “That was a lesson my parents really drilled down in to me.”

Read more from Niagara This Week

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Warehouse concert hall set to open this month

After a five-month delay, Niagara’s newest concert venue will be ready to open at the end of March, says Manager Erik Dickson of IndoorShoes Music concert promotions.

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College always looking to the future

An investment in college education is an investment in the future, said Niagara College president Dan Patterson during the school’s annual spring open house at the Welland campus.
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#AskSendzik: Youth have ideas for city’s future

The first St. Catharines Youth Forum generated many worthwhile ideas for the city to consider, from creating mental wellness spaces to communicating more through Instagram and Snapchat.
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