R&I part of Niagara College team helping front-line healthcare

From right: Katie McQuestion (Campus Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator), Pam Skinner (Senior Vice President, Corporate Services), and Gordon Maretzki (Centre Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, Niagara College Research & Innovation, gather in front of the Applied Health Institute at NC’s Welland Campus on April 2 to help load boxes containing more than 30,000 personal protective equipment items that the College is donating to Niagara Health.

Niagara College sent the ultimate care package to the region’s healthcare workers today with a truckload of more than 30,000 personal protective items, with more on the way. 

The donation to the Niagara Health Foundation included hundreds of boxes, containing items collected from various program areas and departments across both campuses at the College, including: 23,000 gloves, 3,130 masks, 3,750 protective garments (gowns, suits, hair covers, shoe covers etc..), more than 330 cleaning supplies and almost 150 safety glasses and shields. 

The Research & Innovation division has committed to producing 7,000 face shields at no cost to Niagara Health, thanks to support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) through its contribution to the NC-led Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI).

The face shields are being laser-cut and fabricated at NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre to help Niagara Health address a pressing need for supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

~ files from Julie Greco   Read the Inside nc story here