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by: 2021 Canada Games Host Society

N21 partners step up in the fight against COVID-19

All over Canada, communities have confronted unprecedented challenges created by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the country-wide shutdown that followed. 

Niagara and its local municipalities were no different. They had to come together and identify solutions to alleviate the burdens produced by the novel coronavirus, and still to this day, they continue to search for ways to help lift our communities in Niagara out from the pandemic. 

Thankfully, they haven’t been alone in their efforts. 

Many partners of the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games have been doing their part to help the Niagara Region, and other municipalities across the country, persevere through the current challenges. Here are just a few examples of the contributions that some N21 partners have made to their communities to help them survive the fight against COVID-19.


Over the course of 17 days in May, PSI Niagara, in partnership with the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, presented the Niagara Light of Hope in all 13 municipalities across the region (including the Regional Municipality), effectively unifying Niagara’s residents with a message of hope and solidarity in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Altogether, the Niagara Light Hope travelled over 360 kilometres.

Since that initiative came to an end, the official audio-visual and show supplier of the 2021 Canada Games has also been working with an American company to bring infrared temperature scanners to the Niagara Region to help protect businesses and the public as things begin to re-open. Health and safety are already an important part of their work, so finding ways to deploy their skills and expertise to help keep their community safe is a no-brainer.


Whether you have been working from home, on the front line of essential businesses, or trying to navigate a new return-to-work strategy, Beatties has been offering a wide selection of COVID-19 supplies (often times at a reduced price) for personal and business use. These items include COVID-19 floor and window signages, sneeze guards/protective barriers, face masks/shields and digital thermometers just to name a few. They have continued to promote all these services and supplies on their Facebook page in an effort to help businesses and residents just the same.


As an essential service, Gales Gas has taken extra measures in various ways to protect their staff and their community from COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, they have been forced to be creative in identifying solutions to ensure employees and customers adhere to social distancing measures at their various locations across the Niagara Region.

The most innovative idea by the official fuel supplier of the 2021 Games involves golf tees. On top of each self-serve pump, or provided by the full-serve attendant, each customer is given a golf tee. Customers are encouraged to take one and use it at the end to press the pump buttons, or the payment terminal buttons, in order to further distance themselves from equipment that they don’t necessarily need to touch.


Over the last few months, RegattaSport has been producing custom design, active, washable masks for teams, clubs and businesses alike, including for the Niagara Region, the City of St. Catharines, the Scotiabank Convention Centre, the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team, and Rogers Communications, who last week ordered 100,000 masks, on top of the 40,000 they previously ordered.

Examples of their work with teams and companies include the custom non-medical masks they supplied to the St. Catharines Rowing Club, Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, and the KC Pink Warriors from Kansas City, Mo. Niagara 2021’s official licensed merchandiser continues to carry a stock line of masks available online that are made out of a high-performance fabric with a flex-nose piece for added comfort. 

Back in May, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, recommended that Canadians wear a mask as an added layer of protection whenever physical distancing is not possible. By the time that recommendation was made, RegattaSport was already one of just a handful of locations in St. Catharines that were selling non-medical reusable masks. According to Health Canada, when worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can help reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.


As Ontario navigates the next phases of reopening, Niagara 2021’s Official Printing Sponsor, G. D’Angelo Printing Company, has been there to assist businesses in ensuring the safety of customers and employees by producing high-quality branded physical distancing signage of all kinds.

On top of printing decals at grocery stores and producing sticker/signs warning us all to be healthy and careful amidst the pandemic, G. D’Angelo Printing’s partner group M&T Printing has been busy in London, Ont., making plastic shields for airline counters at London International Airport, building hospital beds out of heavy board material, and printing activity books for the Boys and Girls Club of London to keep kids busy at home with puzzles, colouring and games — just to name a few.

G. D’Angelo Printing also recently made signs for graduates. In the absence of graduation ceremonies, families placed signs in their home windows or on their front lawns as a way to celebrate the milestone of their graduate.


Hearts of Niagara in St. Catharines Director of Sales, Joe Mannella, teamed up with his longtime friend and owner of Impact Promotions, Santino Perri, to create the "Our Heroes" t-shirt promotion in the Niagara Region, which featured logos representing various front-line personnel including hospital staff as well as firefighters, paramedics, truck drivers and grocery store workers.

The shirts were sold at 20$ each, with 15$ of each sale being donated to the foundation to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) including face shields and surgical masks.

The goal was only to raise $5,000 from April 14th to May 15th. However, this fundraising initiative went above and beyond, raising over six times that amount, with just over $30,000 being donated to the foundation.


Niagara Tents & Events have been doing their best to support the Niagara Region by offering discounted longer-term rental prices, which has helped local floral growers to unload their stock at road-side stands, provided outdoor screening tents for employees at two major industrial sites in the region, sheltered the growing number of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites available through the Niagara Health System, and they have also helped restaurants in providing plans for sheltered outdoor space while they maneuver the new realities of “socially distant” seating and operations.

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