Bruce Power supplier partners donate $50,000 to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s Youth Leaders in Training Program

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Bruce Power’s supplier partners are making a donation of $50,000 to the Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s Youth Leaders in Training Program.

The program helps youth aged 14-25 develop leadership skills like self-confidence, effective communication, creative planning, and conducting workshops and events. It fosters young people to become leaders, and develop programs for their peers to become more engaged with their community and take part in physical activities, said David Abbott, Bruce Power’s Director of Indigenous Relations and Business Partnerships.

“The positive impact the community mentors have had on the youth of Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation over the past decade has been indescribable,” Abbott said. “We thank our supplier partners for focusing on the Leaders in Training Program this year with their donation.”

Lester Anoquot, Chief of the Saugeen First Nation, said the leadership program has been instrumental to his community’s next generation of leaders.

“Many youth in our community have developed excellent skills through this program, which will serve them and our community well into the future,” Chief Anoquot said. “We thank the member companies of the nuclear supply chain for investing in the youth in our community through the Leaders in Training program.”

Greg Nadjiwon, Chief of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, said the Leaders in Training program wouldn’t be possible without the support of his community, Bruce Power and its supplier partners.

“Through this long-standing partnership, we have seen our youth benefit and grow in ways that make our community proud,” Chief Nadjiwon said. “I look forward to continued development and growth as a result of the commitment and support we receive from Bruce Power and its supplier partners.”

The Bruce Power Charitable Events Sponsorship Program aligns the company’s vendor partners with local, provincial and national non-profit organizations that focus on Indigenous youth, health and wellness organizations, Canadian veterans and local Legions, food banks, and hospital foundations. More than 30 suppliers supported the program, which will donate over $500,000 to these initiatives in 2021.

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