$40,000 to support "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" program
WATERLOO, ON, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas presented $40,000 today to
Skills Canada - Ontario to fund the second year of a two-year
commitment which allows Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth to continue its outreach efforts to Aboriginal groups across the
During a time when there is a shortage of skilled workers to meet
growing demand across many industry sectors, the in-school program
encourages thousands of Aboriginal youth to pursue career opportunities
in the skilled trades and technology sectors. The initiatives include
such things as summer camps for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, hands-on
workshops and the Ontario Technological Skills Competition.
Mike Shannon, vice president of distribution operations for Union Gas,
presented the cheque to Gail Smyth, executive director of Skills Canada
- Ontario, today at the executive breakfast of the Ontario
Technological Skills Competition in Kitchener-Waterloo.
The grant supports two Aboriginal liaison officers, one in London and
one in Sault Ste. Marie, who travel across the province to promote
careers in skilled trades and in technologies.
"This program has long-term benefits for Aboriginal communities and for
the province's economy, as skilled trades are necessary for Ontario
companies to remain current and competitive," said Shannon. "At Union
Gas, we're honoured to be again partnered with Skills Canada - Ontario,
an organization that we've been involved with for over a decade."
Skills Canada - Ontario, which facilitates the Ontario Technological
Skills Competition, is a not‐for‐profit organization with a mandate to
promote careers in the skilled trades and in technologies as viable,
first‐choice career options for young people in Ontario.
"The financial and ongoing community support we receive from Union Gas
provides us with the necessary resources to further impact the career
choices of young people in Ontario," said Smyth. "We are encouraged to
see the interest being expressed by Aboriginal communities from across
the province. On behalf of the thousands of students we meet each
year, I want to thank everyone at Union Gas for their contributions to
Union Gas supports the economic development of Aboriginal people through
a number of scholarships and skills development programs, and
sponsorship of leadership development programs.
"Our continued support for Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth is one way we're acting on our commitment to build long-term,
productive relationships with Aboriginal communities based on mutual
respect and economic opportunity," added Shannon.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major
Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company
based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers,
assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The
distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial
and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario.
Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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About Skills Canada - Ontario
Skills Canada - Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes careers in the skilled
trades and technologies to young people in Ontario through a variety of
competitions, programs and events. www.skillsontario.com
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