Rose Festival Art Show 2015

Rose Festival Art Show 2015

The Welland Rose Festival Art Show has introduced a new wave of art to the residents and visitors to the City of Welland hosting nearly 40 of the top local and international artists

Check Out The Gallery

The Gallery is being hosted at the Seaway Mall in North Welland as a contribution to local arts. The Seaway Mall has been a long term sponsor of the festival and continues to deliver unparalleled opportunities for family friendly art. The gallery itself is located across from the discount shoe store in centre court and should be open during all mall hours that have volunteers registered.

Connect With The Artists

Connecting with the artists in store and online is a great way to find more of your favourite art. Since this event isn't limited to local artists only there are new an interesting pieces on display that have never been seen in Welland before. Some notable artists include: Sandor Baxo, Cassandra Reid, and Alie Balan.

Vote For Your Favourite

At the Rose Festival Art Show people can vote for their favourite artist using a digital voting system built by Alex Bacso, the Rose Festival Art Show Coordinator. Remember that you can only vote once - so vote carefully after enjoying the works on display. Select only the most axeceptional artist for peoples choice.

Have fun.

Welland Jobs Guide 2015

Welland Jobs Guide 2015

Looking for a job in Welland? Grab your resume and get ready for some details about the current state of the labour market in Welland.

Government and Academic Institutions

Two of Welland's most populous employers continue to be the Niagara Health System Welland Hospital site and Niagara College Welland Campus. The steady jobs available at these facilites require specialized training that in most cases is not available within Niagara.

Congrats if you can make it through the rounds of tests and interviews before going broke. This is a practical option for those that have a strong support system during the often erratic process.

Call Centre, Online Support, and Dispatch Jobs

Residents of Welland have benefitted deeply from the bilingual and multicultural nature of the city as that statistical blip lead many call centres to be established. Unfortunately the number of bilingual residents has steadily decreased to the point where there are nearly as many Korean speakers as there are francophones.

Anyone that isn't currenly bilingual is encouraged to look into developing opportunities outside of call centre employment or seek training.

Welland Jobs - Service Sector

Service sector jobs have been the leading saviour for many of the Welland residents entering the labour market. This includes frontend work at restaurants, shopping centres, and other small retail outlets.

Many of the same stigmas exist for service sector workers as do for call centre employees.

Retail is hurting not only because of a lack of second-teir (manufacturing and processing) employment but it is also taking a huge hit from online vendors like Amazon. Unless you're in management I'd recommend having an escape plan and building a support network.

Creative Work vs Creative Jobs

Looking for a job? If you're like thousands of other post-secondary grads there isn't one for your skillset. Skip the job and get to work. Start making a couple bucks and building a portfolio and clientele on sites like Fiverr.

Freelancing is the future for a lot of positions that just can't justify year-round pay and benefits. Don't like the money or see a better opportunity then you're free to explore it. Just remember to keep as much as possible in the bank.

Taris on the Water - Welland Fine Dining

Taris on the Water - Welland Fine Dining

Taris on the Water is Welland's premier fine dining establishment with table service and an interesting mix of Canadian and ethnic European dishes.

Taris and the Casual Experience

One of the more amusing quirks of the restaurant is that their classic burger offering comes presented with a large steak knife put through the centre of the sandwich.

Quick and fulfilling the casual experience took less than a half hour and definitely fostered a positive mood on a chilly evening.

Taris and the Fine Dining Experience

Looking for a three course meal? Put it together here and enjoy the best of Europe. The Calimari as an appetizer and a Creme Brulee with Cappuccino for dessert took the main course to greater heights.

The best part about three course meals is that they give folks time to converse and linger in the experience.

The Next Taris Welland Experience

I'm looking forward to signature winemakers events and other special offerings at the facility, which already seems equipped to handle much more.

Check it out when you are in Welland.

Hats off to the Hope Centre in Welland

The Coldest Night of the Year walk for the Welland Hope Centre has been a great way to rally benefactors in the City of Welland and beyond. The pledge levels are far below the goal of $30,000. Thanks to all the people that did donate, keeping some of the programs and aid operating in Welland is better than nothing.

Hats off to the #CNOY Walkers

With over 85 walkers from a dozen communities in Welland it will be a fun evening among the volunteers and benefactors that walk.

4:00pm - Registration opens
5:00pm - Opening ceremonies
5:15pm - 10km WALK begins
5:30pm - 5km WALK begins
6:00pm - Registration closes
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Celebration meal served
8:00pm - Route closes

Corporate Sponsors

Thanks to the corporate sponsors of the walk and my campaign.
Media - Welland Tribune, 2DayFM Niagara, Niagara This Week, and myPelham
Digital and Marketing - Hitela Web Services, ARIDARIA E-commerce
Financial - TD Canada Trust, Canadian Tire Financial Services, PenFinancial Credit Union
Education - Niagara College, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School
Other - Four Seasons Bakery, Hair Hunters, Health Wise, Seaway Mall, Niagara Storage on Site, and the Black Lantern Experience

Coldest Night of the Year - Donor Update

Coldest Night of the Year - Welland Edition

Thanks to the generosity so far I've managed to pass quite a few milestones. Donations continue to come in and I hope that a couple more One Percent (1%) donations can come in before the final day. The event will be held on February 22nd, 2014 and starts at the Welland Arena. Be there.

Thank you - Donors and Supporters

I've made it clear that sharing helps to get the link in front of the faces of people that have the time and money to make a difference in the city. Take an opportunity to celebrate the current donors and remember to donate soon to add your name or your organization to the list of donors.

$100 Donors (2% of Goal)
Hitela Web Services (Grimsby / Niagara Falls)
Jim Botari (Pelham)

$50 Donors (1% Of Goal)
Cathy Berkhout-Bosse (Pelham / myPelham)
Troy Soper (Port Colborne / All Things Geek)

$25 Donors (Half Percenters)
Chantelle Bishop (Pelham)
DeAnna Rose (Welland)
EJ (Niagara Falls)
Kristen (Niagara Falls)

$20 Donors
Michael Petrachenko (Welland)
James Takeo (Welland / BLX)
Judy Trent (Chippawa)
Marc Mckerracher (West Lincoln)
Steve Allen (St. Catharines / Noise of the Month)

$10 Donors
Rhonda Grimaldi (Welland)

$5 Donors
Amanda Angel (Welland)
Sherry Zapata (Niagara Falls)

There would be a lot more cold people without donors like you. Stay warm.

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Welland's Coldest Night Fundraiser

Coldest Night of the Year

In early 2014 I joined the Coldest Night of the Year walk in Welland in support of The Hope Centre. This helps a great local organization that supports families dealing with poverty.

Personal Challenge

Since I like to add value when asking people to give generously I've set a personal challenge, and I expect some others to do the same. When I reach $5000 then I will cut my hair and donate it. This challenge has until February 22nd - and I've been encouraging potential donors to let the community know this is serious by contributing now online. I will add push goals after $5000, which will only be announced after passing $5000.

The Hope Centre - Helping Everyone

Party hard for Welland's needy and get them the opportunities they deserve. It doesn't matter if someone is unemployed, disabled, elderly, or just having a tough time The Hope Centre has staff that can direct people to the right kind of assistance they deserve. Without your donations there could be less of that help to go around. Don't wait for large cumbersome national organizations to come around - start helping close to home by donating through this charitable event.

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Blood Clinic - November 27 2013

Upcoming Blood Clinic - November 27 2013

Its time to donate. The mobile blood clinic is coming to Welland for a drive, or it is driving to Welland for a clinic. Either way you look at it there is a need for blood donors that never seems to end, if you haven't donated.

Welland Blood Clinic - Odd Months at the Ukrainian Hall

Since the Welland clinic typically overlaps family holidays in the Winter and Spring there are more visitors, including myself, at the odd month clinics in the city of Welland. The facility is usually double booked cooking cabbage rolls and operating a blood clinic. It usually makes for a pretty great day for everyone involved.

Welland Blood Donor Clinic at the Ukranian Hall
Operating from Noon until 6pm
40 McCabe Street, Welland, Ontario

Canadian Blood Services - 1-888-2-DONATE

The Canadian Blood Services operates with a set of social media assets that push their message across every major platform. By following, liking, and subscribing to them you could save more lives by helping to reach additional volunteers through your friends and followers. Many marketing agencies can measure the value of likes with dollar values, Canada Blood Services operates to save lives and each like could be the one to save a life.

Black Friday in Niagara and Beyond

Black Friday in Niagara and Beyond

Black Friday madness is about to take hold again, in response I've put together some highlights that could help ordinary people to get what they deserve this Winter.

Black Friday Cross Border Shopping

For Canadian shoppers the deals at retailers in the United States have remained superior due to favourable International trade regulations across the border. The dollar value difference can be as much as one fifth of the Canadian price, if such a product is sold at all in Canada. Factor import taxes and currency values against the price and there is no way for most Canadian retailers to compete without taking major losses.

Black Friday Shipping Deals

Black Friday online deals are getting to be pretty popular and carry over into the appropriately named "Cyber Monday". All of these deals are available to Canadians that can receive packages at an address in the United States.

For anyone that doesn't have a relative or friend to receive US packages there are a slew of storage facilities that have expanded from just renting simple storage to include parcel storage services for registered clients. The best of the best send you an email immediately after receiving a package under your name.

Black Friday at Hotels and Restaurants

The last and most important factor is that cross border shopping comes with cross-border duties and additional taxes. Fortunately by staying for multiple nights in the United States and bringing along additional guests the waived duty limit increases. The rules surrounding this have changed in the last decade and I'd recommend looking up the current regulations on the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) website, just to be safe.

Good luck on your shopping adventure.

Niagara CGI - Computer Graphics Group

Niagara CGI - Computer Graphics Group

Niagara CGI is a new arts group with a unique focus on Adobe Photoshop, Zbrush, 3D Studiomax, and other modern digital art tools. The group describes itself as being "all about taking what is trending, what local artists have done or are doing, as well as linking events". I'm looking forward to seeing the digital arts community grow in Welland and beyond due to the efforts of this group.

Niagara CGI to Connect Artists and Developers

At the heart of the operation is Atom Dellow, a Welland based digital artist. Atom found himself experiencing the same frustrations as many other digital artists have, due to isolation and the lack of a central location to learn and improve. There isn't a Curry's Art Supplies for the digital artist, which translates into frustrations that are not experienced with any other type of art.

Niagara CGI connects artists, developers, educators, and local cultural leaders without having to join a large government subsidized business taskforce.

Niagara CGI Hackerspace and Art Nights

Niagara is lacking when it comes to spaces set aside for creative development in the digital domain. Niagara CGI has been working with existing art groups to provide access to resources and people across Niagara. Unlike efforts in St. Catharines the group seems to be capable of operating in any city in the Niagara Region. Welland, Pelham, Port Colborne and Wainfleet digital professionals and aspiring digital profesionals are encouraged to join the Facebook group to hear about upcoming events and connect online.

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