CWA Foundation provides funding to future welding professionals

CWA Foundation provides funding to future welding professionals

Milton, ON - June 9, 2016 - Children in Ontario impacted by cancer and their immediate family members will now have an opportunity to get into the welding profession thanks to a funding partnership between the Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).

The CWA Foundation will provide POGO with funding for seven aspiring welding professionals with $2,500 each to pursue a post-secondary education in the welding field.

"These scholarships will open new doors for our survivor population and increase their ability to achieve personal and financial independence,” says Dr. Mark Greenberg, Senior Adviser, Policy & Clinical Affairs for POGO. “What many people don't know is that the impacts of childhood cancer don’t end when your child is cancer-free. As many as 60% of survivors will face long-term complications as a result of their disease or the treatment that saved them. Treatments that affect the brain during the critical developmental years, along with the amount of school many kids must miss, can have a profound effect on the learning and employment attainments of young survivors. POGO counsellors work one-on-one with childhood cancer survivors to help them set attainable career goals, develop a plan and seek out appropriate opportunities that will help them achieve success. It is our pleasure to embark on this new partnership with the CWA Foundation."

Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation, says POGO and their mission to deliver the right care in the right place at the right time to children in Ontario whose lives are touched by childhood cancer is a noble cause, and working with them to help build future welding professionals is absolutely rewarding.

“It’s a true pleasure to help support POGO in providing funding to students who have experienced childhood cancer to pursue their dreams of getting into the welding profession and truly succeeding,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “This partnership is unique and I’m looking forward to hearing the success stories. The Foundation is here for partnerships like this and further reiterates our commitment to the Canadian welding profession.”

About CWA Foundation
The Foundation’s key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as aboriginal peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

About POGO
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) champions childhood cancer care. When a child is battling cancer, POGO ensures that the child has lifelong access to the best care for the best possible outcomes. They provide that child’s family with financial support to help ease the burden. They commit to his or her ongoing care, knowing that childhood cancer survivors endure medical challenges into adulthood. And they advance cancer care for all children with cancer through their pioneering database and research. POGO leads a unique and impactful pediatric cancer network that is a model for Canada, and worldwide.

For media inquiries please contact:
Deborah Mates, Executive Director, CWA Foundation
800.844.6790 ext. 241
Deborah.mates@cwa-foundation.org