Western Quebec Career Centre welding students receive awards

Western Quebec Career Centre welding students receive awards

Twelve deserving Western Quebec Career Centre welding students were presented with awards by the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) on March 24, 2015 valued at $2,500 each, and one student, Matthew Smith, 17, was awarded the Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award valued at $3,000.

“It was a pleasure to be part of the awards presentation and meet all of the hardworking students,” said Joseph Doria, retired President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Company of Canada. “I’m honoured to have an award presented by the CWA Foundation that is named in my honour. It was a humbling experience to be on hand during the award’s presentation to such a worthy student.”

The Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award is a national award established in 2013 to honour the leadership of Mr. Doria as Chairman of the CWB Group Board of Directors from 2009-2013 for the purposes of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of a career in the welding profession. Mr. Doria has been an active participant in the welding industry for over 42 years and was the President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Company of Canada.

“This means so much to me,” said Matthew Smith, recipient of the Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award. “I’m lost for words to be honest. I’m very thankful to receive this award and I want to thank everyone who helped me realize my full potential. I look forward to a rewarding career in the welding profession.”

Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation, said both the secondary and post-secondary awards programs are being well received by students and educators alike all across Canada.

“The feedback from both students and educators has been very positive,” she said. “Encouraging and assisting the next generation of welding professionals is one of the CWA Foundation’s core mandates, and the awards program is helping us achieve our overall mission. I’m very pleased with the success of this awards program so far. Our goal is to help as many deserving students as possible.” 

The CWA Foundation’s awards program was launched in 2014 and over 50 welding students this yearfrom across Canada have been recognized for their hard work and dedication in pursuing a career in the welding profession. 

Western Quebec Career Centre Welding Teacher Andrew Bartlett said the students were very thankful for the awards.

“We appreciate the CWA Foundation’s support for our welding students at the Western Quebec Career Centre by recognizing them for their hard work and perseverance,” he said.