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Niagara College gets $60,000 from LCBO to help students advance in the beverage industry

The Spirit of Inclusion Initiative is a holistic, long-term commitment to support diverse women looking to begin or advance their careers in the winery, brewery, and distillery fields'
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Craig Youdale, dean of NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, stands in the College’s Teaching Winery, located at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

A $60,000 donation from LCBO to Niagara College will be used to help students get financial support to improve representation in the beverage industry.
‘The bursary will provide financial support to students who self-identify as a woman from a diverse background currently under-represented in the beverage alcohol industry, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) who are enrolled in the College’s beverage programs,’ said Niagara College in a statement.

“It is our responsibility to use our influence and resources to increase diverse representation and foster inclusion within the beverage alcohol industry,” said George Soleas, President and CEO, LCBO, in a statement.

“The Spirit of Inclusion Initiative is a holistic, long-term commitment to support diverse women looking to begin or advance their careers in the winery, brewery, and distillery fields. Its success relies on the strength of our incredible community and trade partners, and I am excited for the impact we will achieve together.”

To be eligible for the new bursary, students must demonstrate proof of financial need; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person; and self-identify as a woman from a diverse background including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, women with disabilities, first generation Canadians, 2SLGBTQ+, and non-binary gender.

For more information about financial aid at Niagara College, visit this website.