Barbara Wright award shared by two local mentors in skilled trades


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Two outstanding mentors in the skilled trades are sharing the honour of receiving this year’s Barbara Wright Award. 

Matt Cottrill, owner/operator of Cottrill Heavy Equipment in Kincardine, and Ray Morrison, technology teacher at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover, have been recognized for their sponsorship, encouragement and support of the skilled trades in Bruce and Grey counties.

Cottrill has been regularly offering co-operative education opportunities to Bluewater District School Board technology students for the past several years. 

He is regarded by many as a role model co-op employer in the local area who continues to train students in repairs and maintenance of heavy equipment and diesel trucks, as well as custom fabricating.

Morrison is the head of the JDSS technology department and has been cited by many students over the years as a key influence in their decision to pursue a career in automotive technology. 

He has been a strong supporter of Skills Canada, which has hosted JDSS competitors who have won more than 50 medals at regional, provincial and national challenges.

“We are so pleased to be able to recognize these two exemplary mentors who have consistently gone well beyond the norm to support student success and promote the many career opportunities that exist locally in the skilled trades,” says Dave Barrett, co-ordinator/facilitator of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

The award, which is now in its second year, was named after Barbara Wright, the former apprenticeship program co-ordinator and founder of the annual Regional Skills Challenge.


Ray Morrison of JDSS in Hanover, speaks at the Regional Skills Challenge, March 21, 2014

Matt Cottrill (L) of Kincardine receives the Barbara Wright Award from Dave Barrett, co-ordinator/facilitator of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

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