$20,000 to support "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" program
WATERLOO, ON, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is continuing to fund a
program that encourages thousands of Aboriginal youth to pursue career
opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors, through a
$20,000 grant awarded today to Skills Canada - Ontario.
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. The grant
helps support three Aboriginal liaison officers, one in London, Thunder
Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, who travel across the province to promote
careers in skilled trades and in technologies.
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.
"We need to continue to work hard to get the message out to our next
generation that skilled trades and technology is the place to be …
there are challenging, exciting, well-paying careers out there right
across the country," 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
With our deep roots in Ontario, Union Gas has built a foundation of
strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with First Nations and Métis
peoples in the communities and regions where we operate. This is
central to providing certainty to our business and supports the vision,
purpose and values of the company's Charter. For more information visit
"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 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. For more information, visit
skillsontario.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/skillsontario, Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Skills-Canada-Ontario/153697034656518 and YouTube: youtube.com/user/SkillsOntario.
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 $6.4 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 2014. For more
information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.
SOURCE: Union Gas Limited
For further information:
Union Gas Limited
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Skills Canada - Ontario
Ph: 519-749-9899 ext. 225