Announcing Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Trade Scholarship Winner
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley is proud to announce Braiden O’Toole was selected as this year’s recipient of the Township’s Trades Scholarship. Braiden will be graduating from Thousand Islands Secondary School to pursue the Culinary Management program at Algonquin College.
“I am extremely grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Elizabethtown-Kitley Trades Scholarship, which will help me pursue my passion for culinary management. The generosity and support means a lot to me, and I am very excited to use this opportunity to learn and grow in the culinary industry. Thank you, Elizabethtown-Kitley Township, for investing in my future and helping me achieve my culinary dreams!” – Braiden O’Toole
Braiden O’Toole has always had a passion for cooking to bring people together, whether it be his family or volunteering his skills at community events. His commitment towards honing his skills has led him to work alongside experienced chefs and gain hands on experience in professional kitchens through opportunities available through the high school co-op program. This is all alongside obtaining numerous certificates related to safe workplace practices and working at two area restaurants. He has also received a hospitality award and participated in various cooking competitions, including the recent Culinary Skills Competition in Toronto earlier this month.
“The Economic Development Committee looks for ways to foster growth while supporting our residents and businesses so that we can have a community that flourishes in the future. The Trades Scholarship is offered to assist students in obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful. I want to extend my sincere congratulations to Braiden O’Toole, this year’s recipient.” – Economic Development Committee Chair Earl Pollock
Eleven submissions for the scholarship were received by a combination of those entering their first or second year of schooling, in addition to apprenticeship opportunities. Areas of focus included agricultural science, early childhood education, electrical engineer technician, truck and coach technician, and welding and fabrication.
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Trades Scholarship was established by the Economic Development Committee in 2021 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Township and to provide financial assistance to a local student pursuing post-secondary education in a skilled trade.