Canadian Welding Association

Canadian Welding Association

October 12, 2006 12:26 ET

Canadian Welding Association plans $500,000 donation to high-schools

In 2006, the CWA's Hamilton Chapter raised $104,844 in welding equipment, supplies and funds for high-school welding programs. The goal for 2007 is $500,000 in welding equipment and supplies.

Attention: Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor HAMILTON, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2006) - In ceremonies taking place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2006, at Barton Secondary School, 75 Palmer Road, Hamilton the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) will formally launch a fundraising effort to raise $500,000 to support southwestern Ontario high-school welding programs. Funds collected from business and industry will be used by local high schools to purchase equipment and supplies that will be donated on April 4, 2007.
The fundraising effort is being supported by the Hamilton Wentworth School Board, the Halton District School Board, the Grand Erie District School Board, the Niagara District School Board, Niagara College, Mohawk College, the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) and Dofasco.
On March 1, 2006, the CWA Hamilton & Region chapter, with support from the welding industry, donated $104,844 worth of welding equipment and supplies to southwestern Ontario high schools, and presented 19 graduating welding students (one at each school) with a $100 gift card. After donating the equipment and supplies, Dan Tadic, chairman of CWA's Hamilton & Region chapter, asked the schools for a "wish list" of additional equipment they might need for the 2006/2007 school year.
"When I saw their list, I knew right away we were going to need a lot of help to meet the needs of these hard-working kids," said Tadic. "We're really hoping communities and the industry step up to this challenge."
Tadic went on to say, "Our welder population is aging and starting to retire in great numbers, creating a serious shortage of skilled trades people. Consequently, either we import the skilled labour we need, or we make a commitment to our kids and develop skilled labour here. We've opted to develop the skills in our kids, and are engaging the provincial government and school boards to make sure that welding teachers have all the tools they need to teach and attract students to vocational training."
Students graduating from CWA-supported welding programs have the opportunity to qualify for CWB certification, making them more attractive to most employers than graduates without a certificate are. Secondary school graduates with courses in welding supported by the CWA could continue their technical training in postsecondary technical programs such as apprenticeships and technology programs at a college.
The Canadian Welding Association is Canada's trade association for welding professionals - welders, fitters, inspectors, technicians, technologists, engineers, supervisors, educators, salespeople and managers. The mission of the CWA is to provide a forum for welding professionals to exchange information, share knowledge resources and work with government, regulatory agencies, educators and each other to advance the welding profession, its products and practices.
/For further information: Ron Mauro, Barton Secondary School, 905-389-2234 – ron.mauro@hwdsb.on.ca/ IN: AUTOMOTIVE, EDUCATION, LABOUR, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY

Contact Information

  • Dan Tadic, Chairman - Hamilton Chapter, Canadian Welding Association
    Primary Phone: 905-971-4064
    E-mail: dan_tadic@praxair.com