Niagara College to hold Fall Convocation Ceremonies Oct. 22

More than 570 graduates of Niagara College will receive diplomas or certificates during Fall Convocation ceremonies at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will honour graduates in several program areas, including: Business, Hospitality and Tourism; Environment, Media & Technology; Food & Wine Sciences; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Science; Continuing Education and the Workforce and Business Development Division.

Angelique Sobschak, owner and head event planner of Angelique’s Weddings & Events, will deliver the evening’s convocation address and will also receive an Honorary Graduate Certificate in Event Management. A Niagara College graduate, Ms Sobschak opened Angelique’s Wedding & Events in 2004 and was the first planner hired by Slice Network’s television reality series Rich Bride, Poor Bride, which is syndicated in 86 countries.

The ceremony will take place in the auditorium on the lower level of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. A reception for graduates and guests will follow.

With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.

NOTE: ANGELIQUE SOBSCHAK BIO ATTACHED.

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For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
905-735-2211 ext. 7567 (Office)
905-650-7820 (Cell)
ghunchak@niagaracollege.ca

SPEAKER BIO:

Angelique Sobschak

Angelique Sobschak, owner and head event planner of Angelique’s Weddings & Events overcame a difficult childhood to become one of Ontario’s premier event planners. She’s no stranger to challenges, losing her adoptive mother at an early age, and spending 11 years in the foster care system. Throughout, she maintained her personal integrity, battling the stigma attached to foster children and proving to those who’d given up on her that she was a woman who would make her mark on the world.

Sobschak opened a modeling and talent agency in 1996, and enjoyed the creativity and demands of being her own boss, but by 2002 she realized that in order to grow her agency she would need to relocate to Toronto. As that move wasn’t feasible at the time, she closed her agency and decided to pursue her first love, wedding planning.

After planning her own wedding 20 years ago, she became determined to help other brides avoid the pitfalls she encountered, and created her own business to provide memorable, enjoyable and worry-free celebrations for her clients. Her calm and gracious demeanour has soothed troubled waters for families since she began offering her services formally in December, 2004. Her desire to help others is so strong that, in order to avoid disappointing the brides who lined up for her services while she was taking a small business course at Niagara College, Sobschak orchestrated their weddings for free until she was able to officially open her business.

Angelique became the first planner hired by Slice Network’s Rich Bride, Poor Bride, and she has become an enduring favourite, as well as one of the show’s primary promoters. She has contributed to a new book about wedding planning by the show’s producers and plans to write her own books on ‘wedding war stories’.

Angelique has been featured on Entertainment Tonight Canada. She was a 2006 winner of the “40 Under 40” Business Achievement Award and a nominee for the 2006 Women in Business Awards. She is a member of the Association for International Wedding Professionals; teaches wedding planning courses at Humber College; is on the advisory committee for the Event Management Graduate Certificate program at Niagara College; mentors other up-and-coming wedding planners; and is an enthusiastic advocate of the beauty, extensive facilities, and high-quality vendors and service to be found in the Niagara Region. She is a member of the Small Business Club of Niagara and is on the board of Women in Niagara. On behalf of the Ontario Tourism Board, Sobschak regularly speaks in high schools about the value of wedding planning for promoting tourism in our province. Angelique was a finalist in the 2007 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Angelique’s dedication to providing the best possible services for her clients has led her to form the New Professionals Association that brings together all Niagara-based event planners to network, promote collaboration and provide referrals. The Association’s mandate is to promote awareness of event planning services in Niagara, and to provide clients with a consistent level of top quality service throughout the region.

Angelique started at Niagara College in 1991 in the Interior Design program. She completed the first year, then in 1992 changed to Fashion Merchandising graduating in the Winter of 1994. She has also completed the Niagara College Business Development Centre’s Entrepreneurship program.

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