NWMO and Launch Pad partner to expand opportunities for Huron-Kinloss & South Bruce youth

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) recently partnered with Launch Pad Youth Activity & Technology Centre in Hanover, Ontario to expand opportunities for young people in Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce. Launch Pad is a skills building center for youth aged 12-18. The funding will allow local schools to take advantage of the programs offered at Launch Pad and encourage youth to enhance their skillset and connect with local employment opportunities.

(L to R): Andrea Rideout, Leader of Experiential Learning (Bluewater District School Board), Jocelyn Auger, Experiential Learning Instructional Leadership Consultant (Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board), Elyse Dewar, Huron Kinloss CAC Coordinator; Mary Rose Walden, CAO Huron Kinloss, Emily Morrison, Launch Pad Executive Director, Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor at the NWMO, Vivian Kennedy, South Bruce CLC Coordinator and Mike Niesen, South Bruce Councillor

“The funding will allow us to continue to invest in local youth, allow them to explore their curiosity and develop skills as well as connect to successful careers in our community,” said Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison.

The $5,000 investment will lower the program fees for youth in Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce to visit the centre and explore Launch Pad’s skills development programs. The 6000 sq. ft. facility includes a commercial kitchen, welding lab, woodworking facility and digital media lab.

 “We are proud to be able to work with the NWMO to support such a worthy cause. We are fortunate to have the Launch Pad which provides our youth with hands on learning opportunities which they may not otherwise experience,” said Jim Gowland, Chair of the South Bruce Nuclear Waste Community Liaison Committee.

 This investment was funded through the NWMO’s Early Investments in Education and Skills program (EIES).  EIES is financially supported by the NWMO and administered by Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce. It provides capacity to support education and skills training for Huron-Kinloss and South Bruce residents, and provides funding for youth with an emphasis on learning initiatives that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our youth and another way to help them develop an interest in the skilled trades,” said Mitch Twolan, Mayor of Huron-Kinloss. “It is imperative that we keep our youth connected to our community so rural areas remain vibrant and alive.”

“As we continue to explore Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel this investment will continue to foster and support opportunities for young people in our local siting communities,” said Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor for the NWMO.