Trade Winds to Success Edmonton receives 2013 Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award
The Edmonton office of Trade Winds to Success has been awarded the 2013 Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award for its commitment to Aboriginal student success.
“Trade Winds to Success Edmonton is a very deserving recipient of this award,” said Chalifoux, Métis elder at NAIT. “This organization plays a critical role in helping aboriginal people prepare for successful careers in the construction industry. Trade Winds to Success embodies the spirit of what this award is all about.”
Trade Winds to Success is a 14-16 week aboriginal pre-apprentice training program that works with unemployed, under-employed and employment-threatened people. Through the program, students receive their safety tickets to become employment ready. If required, Trade Winds to Success also offers participants academic upgrading to prepare them for post-secondary technical training. Students are encouraged right from the start to think about their long-term career goals in the trades.
“Thank you for recognizing Trade Winds to Success for what we do best - supporting aboriginal people’s success in their chosen pre-apprenticeship trades training,” said Deborah Munroe, executive director. “I am pleased to accept this prestigious award on behalf of myself, the board of directors and my dedicated, caring staff.”
Over the past seven years, nearly 600 students in Edmonton and Calgary have completed Trade Winds to Success training. Of these, 560 have already successfully gained employment.
“Trade Winds opened a door I didn’t even know was there,” wrote NAIT alumnus Kory Peters, a former Trade Winds student and now a journey boilermaker, in a letter supporting Trade Winds to Success’ nomination for this award. “It was an opportunity that changed my life and that of my family. I am grateful for Trade Winds, as now I have a career. All of the skills I was proud of before are now magnified and I take so much pride in being a tradesmen.”
NAIT is one of the largest apprenticeship educators in the country.
Introduced in 2000, the Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award honours Chalifoux’s ongoing support of aboriginal technical education. The award is presented annually by NAIT. Through all her endeavors, Chalifoux has consistently focused on making life better for others. She was the first Métis woman in the Senate, appointed by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Nov. 26, 1997, to represent Alberta. She served until Feb. 9, 2004.
The presentation of the 2013 Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award came during NAIT’s Aboriginal Culture Day, which showcases First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachings and culture.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students in 1962.
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