TORONTO — Skills Ontario recently received a $20,000 donation from Enbridge Gas in support of its First Nations, Metis and Inuit Initiatives program.
Enbridge Gas is a Gold Partner with Skills Ontario and their sponsorship includes support of the Skills Ontario First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Initiatives (FNMI) program. The FNMI program aims to engage Indigenous youth by offering experiential learning opportunities and events to connect them to mentors in their community who have chosen a career in the skilled trades and technologies.
“Skills Ontario would not be able to offer the learning opportunities we do without our partners,” said Ian Howcroft, Skills Ontario chief executive officer, in a statement. “The skilled trades and technologies offer great career paths, and we aim to inspire youth to pursue these careers and ultimately become skilled professionals and fill the employment gap for the advancement of our economy. On behalf of Skills Ontario, thank you to Enbridge Gas for their ongoing support and investment in tomorrow’s leaders.”
Ken McCorkle, manager of Indigenous affairs at Enbridge Gas and Malini Giridhar, vice-president of business development and regulatory at Enbridge Gas, presented the $20,000 cheque.
“Organizations like Skills Ontario are helping a wide diversity of students, including women and Indigenous youth, realize their potential and passion in skilled trades and technology,” said Giridhar in the statement. “The values of Skills Ontario are strongly aligned with Enbridge’s values of safety, integrity and respect.”