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Media release
Release Date: August 13, 2018

Camosun College's Interurban campus will be the site of Mind Over Metal from August 13-17, a week-long welding summer camp for students ages 12 to 15. Offered in partnership with the CWB Welding Foundation, the camp is free for attendees and is funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan.

"Camosun College and the South Island Partnership are very excited to host this year's CWB Welding Foundation Mind over Metal summer camp, and we appreciate the support that the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan are providing for our youth,” said Nicola Priestley, director, South Island Partnership. “Camosun's trades facility will be an inspiring venue for our students to engage in hands-on activities, work alongside college and industry professionals, and explore the wonderful world of welding!"

The camp will introduce students to welding safety, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), weld symbols, and a brief overview of the impact welding has on our daily lives. Once the theoretical portion is completed, the students will have fun with real arcs and sparks while they create their very own projects.

“These camps are specifically designed to provide youth with a hands-on introduction to welding and inspire them to pursue a career in welding. They are also making lasting memories and building confidence while being supervised by professionals in a safe environment,” said Deborah Mates, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation.

The CWB Welding Foundation hosted its first pilot welding camp in the summer of 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta and is now organizing over 80 camps across Canada during June, July, and August. Fifty-six are funded by CWB Welding Foundation, 18 funded by LNG Canada, one funded by Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan, and nine funded by TransCanada.

About CWB Welding Foundation

The CWB Welding Foundation is a national registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage and mismatch in Canada. Through education-based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, Indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

About Seaspan Shipyards

With operations in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector. Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.


Roseanne Harvey
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
250-415-6508 |

Cody Vigeant
Program and Communications Associate
CWB Welding Foundation
1-800-844-6790 ext. 529 |

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Last updated: August 14, 2018 9:35 am

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