CWA Foundation presents Western Quebec Career Centre Welding Students with Awards

Welding students were presented with awards by the Canadian Welding As­sociation Foundation on March 24, 2015

CWA Foundation presents Western Quebec Career Centre Welding Students with 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 year from 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.