Burlington, ON – The Centre for Skills Development & Training honoured four of their Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) students during an open house and scholarship presentation event that took place at The Centre’s Bay Area Learning Centre location – 860 Harrington Court, Burlington – on Thursday, September 26, from 10 to 11:30 am. Carly Burns of Burlington, Lyndsey Thomas of Oakville, and Tanja Almon of Hamilton each received a scholarship of $500 from the Athena Scholarship Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation) for excelling in the 2013 WIST Program, both academically and technically. Liberty Karp of Toronto also received the WIST RESCON Scholarship during the event.
These women were selected as scholarship recipients for actively preparing for careers in the skilled trades, demonstrating leadership attributes, and serving as advocates and mentors to others considering careers in skilled trades. The winners’ scholarships are meant to supplement the cost of their tools.
“The Centre for Skills Development & Training’s mission is to provide people with opportunities to build better futures,” said Kathy Mills, The Centre for Skills Development & Training’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We understand how challenging and significant that process is, so we are thrilled to celebrate the hard work and dedication of today’s award-winning students and their classmates with events such as the WIST Open House and Scholarship Presentations.”
In partnership with the Ontario Women’s Directorate, Canadian Women’s Foundation, RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Central Ontario) and Mohawk College, The Centre for Skills Development & Training offers WIST. The 29-week hands-on skilled trades training program offers 22 women the opportunity to learn the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for excelling in rewarding careers within the Construction Industry.
“Congratulations to all of today’s graduates and scholarship recipients. I commend you for your dedication and hard work. You are on the path to a brighter future for yourselves and your families, and I applaud your efforts,” said Teresa Piruzza, Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
The mandate of the Ontario Women’s Directorate is to promote women’s equality with a focus on ending violence against women and increasing women’s economic security. WIST graduates leave The Centre with practical hands-on skills that prepare them for successful careers with longevity, helping them achieve financial independence. The Canadian Women’s Foundation works to empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence.
Special guests in attendance at the WIST Open House and Scholarship Presentations event included City Councillor Blair Lancaster, Halton District School Board Director of Education and The Centre Board Member, David Euale, Carolyn McDougall, Oakville Community Foundation’s Director of Grants and Stakeholder Relations, and Melani Tandon and Greg Nickles of the Ontario Women’s Directorate.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Athena Scholarship Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community.
Established in 1998, The Centre provides pre-apprenticeship skilled trades training, employment services, services for newcomers to Canada, and customized recruitment, hiring and consulting services for companies. Employment Services are funded in part by the provincial government through the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities – Employment Ontario.
Learn more about The Centre’s programs and services at thecentre.on.ca or call 905-333-3499.
For more information, please contact:
Community Outreach and Student Liaison, Skilled Trades
905-333-3499 x 131