The NWMO and Launch Pad partner to expand opportunities for youth in Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce

From left: Andrea Rideout, Leader of Experiential Learning at the Bluewater District School Board; Jocelyn Auger, Experiential Learning Instructional Leadership Consultant at the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board; Elyse Dewar, Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee Coordinator; Mary Rose Walden, Huron-Kinloss Chief Administrative Officer; Emily Morrison, Launch Pad Executive Director; Cherie Leslie, NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor; Vivian Kennedy, South Bruce Community Liaison Committee Coordinator; and Mike Niesen, South Bruce Councillor.

From left: Andrea Rideout, Leader of Experiential Learning at the Bluewater District School Board; Jocelyn Auger, Experiential Learning Instructional Leadership Consultant at the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board; Elyse Dewar, Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee Coordinator; Mary Rose Walden, Huron-Kinloss Chief Administrative Officer; Emily Morrison, Launch Pad Executive Director; Cherie Leslie, NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor; Vivian Kennedy, South Bruce Community Liaison Committee Coordinator; and Mike Niesen, South Bruce Councillor.

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

 

“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 Emily Morrison, Executive Director at Launch Pad.

 

The $5,000 investment will lower program fees required for young people 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 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, as well as funding for youth with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

 

“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 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 at the NWMO.