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Niagara College Community Employment Services 905-641-2252 ext 4663

ACL Leader in Focus – Christopher Foresi

Christopher Foresi is a Purchaser at Salit Steel, where Christopher negotiates with vendors and buys steel, including coordinating the movement of steel and ensuring accuracy at all times.

Christopher is a senior member of a growing team and communicates effectively with many reputable steel mills such as Gerdau, Nucor, Atlas Tube and Welded Tube of Canada, among others. Christopher ensures that internal and external stakeholder’s expectations are always exceeded. You can expect organization, professionalism, and honesty when working with Christopher.

Christopher is a sports enthusiast and fancies himself as an amateur cured meats and winemaker from Port Colborne, ON. Please email cforesi@salitsteel.com to contact Christopher.

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

The most important attribute of a leader is the ability to empower others to realize their full potential. A leader must be able to find a way to connect and relate to others which will allow them to succeed and accomplish their goals.

How do you define civic leadership?

Civic leadership is proactively taking a position within one’s community to promote the well-being and healthy lifestyles of its members. Helping to foster the growth of the positive aspects, activities, and programs within one’s community. Impacting one’s community by promoting initiatives that drive positive change.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I am personally motivated to explore civic leadership, specifically Niagara civic leadership, because I am proud to say that Niagara has always been my home, always will be my home and I would be proud to be able to be a part of a driving force behind the good that this community has to offer.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

In my view, one of the most significant issues facing our community is mental health. I say this as a person who has a few family members who struggle with mental health issues to varying degrees. I see the struggles that they go through and the lack of proper, professional support that is available to them within the Niagara community. Granted, I do not know all of the support systems that are available within the Niagara community, so I do not want to speak out of turn, but I can say that when a serious issue needs attention we are often left without the proper support. Many times we have been redirected to different communities such as Hamilton, who have a more robust support system in place. When at these facilities in Hamilton I have come to meet other members of the Niagara community who have had to leave the region in order to seek the assistance they require.

October 28th, 2019