CWA Foundation Offering a Helping Hand

Children in Ontario impacted by cancer and their immedi­ate family members will now have an opportunity to get into the welding profession

CWA Foundation Offering a Helping Hand

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. 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 or their immediate family members 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.”