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Release Date: February 20, 2015

Two Camosun trades training students will have an easier time with their studies this year, thanks to a recent bursary donation from the Princess Auto Foundation.

"The Princess Auto Foundation is a major supporter of our trades students," says Angie Bowles, Advancement Manager for the Camosun Foundation. "Four years ago the Foundation generously donated $60,000 to help trades students who might not otherwise have had a chance to go to college. Contributions of this magnitude have ensured our trades students in need continue to receive funding in perpetuity."

This past fall, the Foundation added to their contributions by donating a further $25,000 for annual bursaries of $5,000 each to help entry-level trades students complete their programs.

The first of these bursaries was awarded to two deserving Camosun students: Katharine Lane in Electrical Foundations; and, Neil Ballard in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics.

"Being a full-time student and parent of two children has turned out to be a big challenge," says student Neil Ballard. "Receiving this bursary was huge for me and my family. My plan for the future is to become a journeyman HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician within the next four years and see where this amazing trade takes me!"

"I'm a single mom of two girls and it's been a struggle to afford to live and make ends meet," says recipient Katharine Lane. "This bursary took so much weight off my shoulders and I'm so happy I took this step going back to school. I can't wait to get out in the field and start working. I so appreciate what Princess Auto has done for me."

Bob Tallman, Chairman of Princess Auto Foundation and Princess Auto Ltd., says he likes to work with colleges because he was a college student and the applied education he received helped him grow in his field.

"I also believe that college students do not always get the help they deserve," says Tallman. "And, our company exists to sell products to people who use their hands making and fixing things - so we think that if we're going to have a bursary program we should help those who may one day be our customers."

When asked about the impact of Canada's predicted skills shortage, Tallman says "without question things are changing. There will be far fewer people in all areas of the economy and it's no difference in the trades. Our communities will be searching for trades people at all levels. Every company is going to have to fight harder for every customer, and as a company it's another reason we want to work with Trades Education, so that more and more of the future generations of the trades will know who we are."

"The Princess Auto Foundation has always had a warm reception in colleges across Canada," he adds. "Colleges have been very open, especially the trades schools –they're one of the best kept secrets in our country!"

Find out more

To learn more about bursaries for trades training programs, please visit the Camosun Financial Aid Office online or in person today.

Princess Auto Foundation Bursaries

Neil Ballard, bursary recipient

Trades student Neil Ballard says the $5,000 bursary from Princess Auto Foundation will help him in his studies to become a journeyman HVAC technician.

Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:13 pm

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