Media Release - April 29, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 29th, 2022 2:00 p.m.

Women in Carpentry Receives Funding to Keep Building on Success

Sponsor logos for the Women in Carpentry Program including: The Township of Huron-Kinloss, UBC Local 2222, VPI, Fanshawe College, Government of Canada, Employment Ontario, and Ontario Government. Copy beneath the last three logos reads "This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario."

HURON-KINLOSS, ON: An investment of $289,759 to the Women in Carpentry 2.0 program from Ontario’s Skills Development fund extends the successful program originally founded through a partnership between the Township of Huron-Kinloss, UBC Local 2222, VPI Employment Services, and Fanshawe College.

Huron-Bruce M.P.P. Lisa Thompson proudly presented the funding on Monday, April 24th, noting that the program “Certainly fills a void that has existed in skilled labour for far too long.”

A novelty cheque is presented for Skills Development Funding for the Women in Carpentry 2.0 Program.

Back Row (from left): Mary Rose Walden, C.A.O. for the Township of Huron-Kinloss; Kristin Dimmick, Project Coordinator for Women in Carpentry Program; Mitch Twolan, Mayor for the Township of Huron-Kinloss; Lisa Thompson, M.P.P. Huron-Bruce; Ryan Plante, UBC Local 2222; Don Murray, Deputy Mayor for the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
Front Row (from left): Heather MacKenzie-Card, Program Manager for Fanshawe College; Michelle Goetz, Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

The Women in Carpentry program provides women with hands-on skills and certification needs for the job site with the goal diversifying the employee base of the carpentry trade.

The initial version of the program began in August of 2021 with a second session of participants in January of 2022. Both groups participated in skills upgrading for math and communication provided by Fanshawe College, and then received training and much needed certifications from UBC Local 2222 for:

  • Fall Protection & Confined Space
  • WHMIS & Emergency First Aid
  • Basic Health & Safety Awareness
  • Power Elevated Work Platforms
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment

Students were also fitted with safety gear, a basic tool belt, and tool kit, making them ready for their 8-week paid work placement.

The program also gives back to the community with the participants cooperatively building a final project for local organizations. Garden sheds built by session one students were donated to Ripley-Huron Community School and the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, and another built by the session two class was recently received by the Community Living Kincardine and District.

Women in Carpentry 2.0 will see some changes and improvements to the program, but the overall goal remains the same. “Huron-Kinloss identified the need for more skilled trades workers in our strategic plan we are helping to solve this problem,” said Huron-Kinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan.

For information about the program, contact Program Coordinator Kristin Dimmick at kdimmick@huronkinloss.com or call 519-708-0733.

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For more information:
Township of Huron-Kinloss
519-395-3735