MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—The inaugural Shaping the Future Sponsorship Program has been launched by EllisDon’s Alliance of Black Employee and Leadership (ABEEL), which enables Canadian students to share their vision for a community that is more inclusive of the Black experience and without racism.
This initiative will serve some of the most underrepresented and underserved communities in different areas of Canada, the company states.
As part of the initiative, students will engage in dialogue about how they see racism manifest in their own lives and what steps can be taken in the future. Student teams will use a creative medium of their choosing to bring their ideas to life, including creative writing, non-fiction writing, photography, music, video or visual arts, indicates a release.
The initiative has been rolled out across four different schoolboards in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and lower mainland British Columbia. It is being led by Denroy Jackson and Siju Ewhubare, community outreach leaders for ABEEL. The goal is to roll it into other areas of Canada and other areas where EllisDon operates.
Winning teams from each region will be provided with resources and bursaries that will be distributed to their communities, schools and the students themselves, including, however not limited to, access to mentorship opportunities, adds the release.
The program aims to inspire and empower the next generation of city planners, engineers, project managers, superintendents and other construction career paths.
“We want to thank all the educators and staffs members from across different schoolboards in Canada that are working tirelessly in a time like this, marred with COVID-19 and social injustices, to ensure that through a program like this we can jointly pave the way to an awesome future,” said Samuel Ajobo, P.Eng, chair of ABEEL, in a statement.