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CFBC, Stz’uminus Education Society partner on Skills for Success program

CFBC, Stz’uminus Education Society partner on Skills for Success program

LANGFORD, B.C. – The Stz’uminus Education Society (SES) and the Construction Foundation of BC (CFBC) have renewed their partnership and are working together to implement the federal government’s new Skills for Success program.

In previous years the SES and CFBC collaborated on a variety of projects including the Stz’uminus Community School’s woodshop, ultimate frisbee field and the Stz’uminus Health and Elder’s Centre garden.

The new Skills for Success program is a federal government initiative that identifies nine skills that can help individuals advance their careers and was funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Ministry of Post-Secondary and Future Skills with support from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).

CFBC career catalyst Kate Markham-Zantvoort worked with Stz’uminus Knowledge Keeper Dan R. Elliott to facilitate an eight-week program for participants to upgrade the Stz’uminus Health and Elder Centre garden. The program also received support from Tami August, a career navigator with SES, who connected with participants to support them during and beyond the Skills for Success program, a CFBC release said.

“Kate has been an enthusiastic and curious partner as we all navigate how to implement a new program. The garden and greenhouses are looking great. Both are generating curiosity and appreciation from community members frequenting the Health and Elder Centre,” SES lifelong learning manger Sarah-Jane Wells said in a statement.

Participants in the program focused on communication, teamwork, leadership, carpentry, landscaping, horticulture, and machine operation (mini-ex, skid steer, and chainsaw), and Wells noted “the upgrades to the greenhouses and garden will help to feed the mind, body, and spirit of community members who use the garden in the coming months and years.”

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