Seven Niagara College alumni up for Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Women in Business Awards


Published November 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm

When the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Women in Business Awards (WIBA) was held today (November 19) at the Marriott on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Niagara College had an impressive seven alumni up for awards.

The WIBA, which recognize the leadership and success of women in Niagara’s business community, was sponsored by Niagara College among others.

One of the college’s nominee finalists was Heidi Levitzky, a part-time faculty member in NC’s School of Environmental & Horticulture Studies and 2009 graduate of NC’s Environmental Management and Assessment program.

Levitzky says, “In 2008, I made the best decision I have ever made, which was to move to St. Catharines to pursue a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment (EMA) from Niagara College. I had no idea how that would change my life’s course forever.”

Levitzky, who’s grown and flourished as an environmental leader in Niagara since graduating from the program, is happy to be teaching the next generation of environmental professionals.

“My passion for environmental conservation and education has impacted the Niagara Region, from greening public and industrial spaces to educating hundreds of grade school and high school students in STEM education, to finally coming full-circle and teaching at Niagara College in the very program that provided me with the tools to succeed in the environmental field,” she said.

NC alumnae nominees joining Levitzky include:

  • Kristen Marischuk (General Arts and Science, 2003; Social Service Worker, 2008), Counselling By Kristen, who was nominated for a Community Impact Award
  • Susan Knighton (Visual & Creative Arts – Design, 1993; Public Safety Communications, 1998; Business Basics CNED course, 2004), Earth Angel Landscaping & Property Maintenance, who was nominated for an Entrepreneurship Award
  • Margaret Lockhart (Management of Human Resources CNED course, 2012), Bethesda Community Services Inc., who was nominated for an Excellence in Non-Profit Award
  • Danuela Freel (Business Basics and Self-Employment Benefit Program CNED courses, 2008), Four Point Travel, who was nominated for an Innovations in Hospitality and Tourism Award
  • Agnieszka Krzywinska, (Bachelor of Science, Honours, Game Programming – Joint Credential, 2020), Adjective Noun Studios Inc., who was nominated for a Young Professional Award
  • Alexandra Lacivita (Business – Sales and Marketing, 2020), The Village Boutique, who was nominated for a Young Professional Award.

(Photo of Heidi Levitzky, below, courtesy of Niagara College)

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