In the Community
Bruce Power is teaming up with the Bluewater District School Board and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to offer an innovative educational program for local Aboriginal youth.
The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program uses hands-on activities to improve students’ proficiency in business mathematics, financial literacy, accounting, marketing, information/communications technology and social responsibility, while supporting the acquisition of leadership skills.
“The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative is very pleased to join Bruce Power in offering the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Saugeen District Secondary School,” said the Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and former Prime Minister of Canada.
Bruce Power has provided $41,000 in funding in keeping with its goal of working to build strong, long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities and supporting educational opportunities for young people.
“This program is designed to give students the tools to go out and be successful, but it’s also about hopes and dreams,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s our sincere hope these students dream big and acquire the tools to make those dreams come true.”
Eighteen Aboriginal students are enrolled in the program at SDSS, which began earlier this month.
“The Bluewater District School Board is pleased to work in partnership with Bruce Power and to have the opportunity to pilot the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative program at Saugeen District Secondary School for our First Nation and Métis students,” said Lori Wilder
Superintendent of Education at the board. “This is a unique program to teach Aboriginal youth how to launch a business and to encourage them to stay in school where they can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in school and beyond.”
For more information on the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative click www.maei-ieam.ca
To honour first responders who died while saving lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Bruce Power has donated $6,000 to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF).
“Although we should pay our respects to these brave heroes every day, their courage on Sept. 11, 2001, will forever remind us of the selfless acts firefighters perform each time they put on their uniform,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation assists the families of these heroes while honouring their memories through an annual service in Ottawa, and Bruce Power is incredibly proud to play a role in the good work it does.”
In 2012, the CFFF completed the new Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa just west of Parliament Hill, and near the Canadian War Museum. The memorial honours firefighters of Canada who died in the line of duty and provides a place for their families, and all Canadians, to reflect on their heroism.
To learn more about the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, visit www.cfff.ca.
The July-August bus tour program at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre wrapped up on Aug. 28, far exceeding expectations with its return this summer after a 13 year hiatus.
Nearly 1,700 members of the public took part in 44 tours over the summer months with every bus going out full. Originally staged on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 and 2 p.m., two Tuesday tours were added for the month of August to help meet overwhelming demand.
“Even with the extra tour day we still had people on waiting lists,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Many of them visited the Visitors’ Centre anyway to check out the exhibits and hourly film presentations.”
In addition to the tour participants, approximately 2,500 visitors dropped in to the Visitors’ Centre without appointment in July and August, bringing the total number of drop-in visitors to more than 3,500 so far in 2014.
Saturday, Aug. 30, is the last day of the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre with regular Monday-to-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours (closed statutory holidays) resuming after Labour Day.
Fifteen campers participated in this year’s Skills Ontario Camp at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre exploring skilled trades and technology with hands-on activities.
Facilitated in conjunction by Skills Ontario staff and Wendy Hus, an Authorized Nuclear Operator at Bruce Power, this year’s program involved 15 students ranging in age from 12 to 14. The students participated in many hands-on activities and heard from Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, Information Technology Solution Architect Brian Moss, Executive Director of Women in Nuclear Canada Joy Shikaze and others.
They were also provided with a bus tour of the Bruce Power site and visited the facility’s Bruce Learning Centre and Bruce Skills and Technology Training Centre.
Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes skilled trades and technology as viable career options for young people. More information can be found at http www.skillsontario.com.
Bruce Power has received questions from members of the public about recent polling which includes questions about emergency preparedness, evacuation routes and KI pills.
Bruce Power is not involved in the poll and received anecdotal reports by employees and people in the community that raised issue with the tone of the questions. While any organization is free to conduct public opinion polling, Bruce Power wanted to confirm this was not commissioned by the company.
Bruce Power is an industry-leader in the area of emergency preparedness and is proud of the fact that 91 per cent of residents in Grey, Bruce and Huron have confidence the Bruce Nuclear facility operates safely, according to polling conducted by Bruce Power earlier this year. Bruce Power is transparent with its annual polling of local residents conducted each year and posts the results of the poll on its website and releases to members of the public.
Here is a link to our most recent public opinion polling http://www.brucepower.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Bruce-Power-Bruce-Grey-Huron-Report-Highlights-FINAL-Apr1.pdf.