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NWMO and Launch Pad Partner for Students

NWMO and Launch Pad Partner for Students
Posted on 02/10/2020
NWMO and Launch Pad Partner for Students

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) recently partnered with Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre in Hanover to expand opportunities for young people in the Township of Huron-Kinloss and Municipality of South Bruce. Launch Pad is a skills building center for youth aged 12-18. The funding will allow local schools to take advantage of the programs offered at Launch Pad, and encourage youth to enhance their skillset and connect with local employment opportunities.

Launch1Bluewater District School Board is excited to leverage these opportunities for students thanks to the generosity of its community partners. Board representatives were on hand at Launch Pad for a cheque presentation and tour of this unique facility on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

“The funding will allow us to continue to invest in local youth, allow them to explore their curiosity and develop skills, as well as connect to successful careers in our community,” said Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison.

The $5,000 investment will lower the program fees for youth in Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce to visit the centre and explore Launch Pad’s skills development programs. The 6,000 square foot facility includes a commercial kitchen, welding lab, woodworking facility, and digital media lab.

“We are proud to be able to work with the NWMO to support such a worthy cause. We are fortunate to have the Launch Pad, which provides our youth with hands on learning opportunities which they may not otherwise experience,” said Jim Gowland, Chair of the South Bruce Nuclear Waste Community Liaison Committee.

This investment was funded through the NWMO’s Early Investments in Education and Skills program (EIES). EIES is financially supported by the NWMO and administered by Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce. It provides capacity to support education and skills training for Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce residents, in addition to funding for youth with an emphasis on learning initiatives that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our youth and another way to help them develop an interest in the skilled trades,” said Mitch Twolan, Mayor of Huron-Kinloss. “It is imperative that we keep our youth connected to our community, so rural areas remain vibrant and alive.”

“As we continue to explore Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, this investment will continue to foster and support opportunities for young people in our local siting communities,” said Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor for the NWMO.

Bluewater District School Board is located on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
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