Archive for November, 2011

Donation establishes Geddy Lee Scholarship

From left: Steve Hudson, Acting President, Niagara College; Jon Ogryzlo, Dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute; Tony Aspler, President and CEO of Grapes for Humanity Canada

Grapes for Humanity Canada has committed $26,500 to establish the Geddy Lee endowed scholarship, which will be matched by the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program.  “I’d like to thank my fellow directors of Grapes for Humanity Canada for this generous gesture in creating and supporting this valuable scholarship program for the students of Niagara College,” said Geddy Lee.

The income will be used to provide an annual scholarship for a student in the second year of Niagara College’s Wine and Viticulture Technician program who intends to pursue a career path in winemaking after graduation.

“Niagara College is thrilled that Grapes for Humanity Canada is making this significant investment to support student learning and success, and the wine industry,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and acting vice-president, Academic.

“We are very pleased to support students in winemaking in recognition of this Canadian icon’s magnificent contribution as a director of our charitable foundation,” said Tony Aspler, president & CEO of Grapes for Humanity Canada. “We hope that the annual recipient of this scholarship will bring to his or her calling the same dedication to quality and to public spiritedness as Geddy Lee has brought to Canada’s musical legacy.”

The Grapes for Humanity gift is part of the Building Futures Campaign, which supports student learning and success through new facilities, equipment and learning resources, applied research, and scholarships and bursaries.

About Grapes for Humanity

Grapes for Humanity Canada was established in 2001 to raise funds, with the assistance of the international wine community, to benefit humanitarian causes around the world. The foundation’s goal is self-sufficiency and human dignity for victims and survivors of disasters and personal tragedies. Funds are raised through various international wine events, wine auctions, special wine projects and personal website donations. (

About Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee is an award-winning musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and keyboardist for the legendary Canadian rock group Rush. Mr. Lee has played a crucial role in the success of Grapes for Humanity since its inception in 2001 and continues as a Board member today. He launched the Grapes Under Pressure Rock Memorabilia Charity Auction. The Geddy Lee award is established in recognition of Mr. Lee’s outstanding contribution to the organization, and to the dedication to quality and public spiritedness that he brings to Canada’s musical legacy.


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Mountainview Homes Inc. commits $250,000 to support the Building Futures Campaign

Front row: Amy Klassen, student in the Fitness and Health Promotion program, and Mark Basciano, President and CEO of Mountainview Homes Inc. and co-chair of the Building Futures Campaign Back row: Steve Hudson, acting president, Niagara College, Rick Podrebarac, CA, controller, Mountainview and Mike Memme, vice president, Operations, Mountainview

Mountainview Homes Inc. made a commitment of $250,000 to support the facilities portion of the Building Futures Campaign. A plaque was installed at the Fitness Centre at the Welland Campus to recognize this generous donation. The company is the largest builder in the Niagara Region with more than 30 years experience.

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An Evening of Wine and Song, Friday, Nov. 18

An Evening of Wine and Song on Friday, November 18 will raise money for the Albert Cipryk Memorial Award, which provides an annual bursary for a student in the Cook Apprentice program. Albert was a chef/professor who taught in the college’s culinary programs for 26 years. He lost his battle with cancer in 2009. The entertainers will be The Shea D Duo, featuring Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea. Organized by Primavera Concerts, the event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Founders’ Hall at Inniskillin Winery, 1499 Line 3 off the Niagara Parkway. The $65 ticket includes a selection of wines to complement a sampling of cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. One of the committee members is Eleanor Lancaster, former chair of the college’s Board of Governors and the Foundation Board. For tickets, email or call 905-934-9285.

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