April 21, 2005: Community support sought for summer program

      April 21, 2005
      Contact: Caroline Dépatie, program developer
      Tel: 604.885.5908

      (SECHELT, B.C.)—The Sunshine Coast campus of Capilano College is seeking support from the local business community for a new program designed to get young girls involved in trades.

      The campus will offer a variety of summer camps throughout July and August, with a trade camp for girls ages 13 to 17 running from July 25 to 29. Participants can expect to have serious fun while being involved in a unique and potentially life-altering experience.

      “The goal of the summer camp program is to give young girls an opportunity to discover trades and have an enjoyable time doing it,” says program developer Caroline Dépatie. “Statistics show that trades’ jobs are in high demand, yet only five per cent of trades’ workers are female. We’re hoping to challenge these stereotypes and provide new perspectives to young girls.”

      The cost of sponsoring one girl in the program is $250. The program will run out of the Capilano College trades facility at Trout Lake. This facility has been made available with the support of the Sunshine Coast School District and the Sunshine Coast Alternative School.

      “It is our hope that Sunshine Coast business owners and operators, especially the ones involved in the trades, will see the value of this program and offer their support,” says Dépatie.

      Several women from the trades industry will guide students through the weeklong program, including Gwen Williams who has been working as a carpenter for 25 years. Williams is the 2000 recipient of the Outstanding Women in Construction award, presented by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

      For more information on how to sponsor, register or apply for funding for the Trades Camp for Girls or, for more information on our children and youth summer camps, please call 604.885.9310.

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      For more information, contact Caroline Dépatie at 604.885.5908.