The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Economic Development Committee is proud to announce that Joel Grant is the recipient of the 2022 Trades Scholarship. Joel is a recent graduate from Thousand Islands Secondary School preparing to become an electrician. At his young age, he has already achieved certification in Working at Heights, WHMIS, and First Aid.
Joel’s interest in becoming an electrician was first raised by his father who is a master electrician and encouraged Joel to work with his hands. The attraction in this field of work only grew during his co-op placement with RPA Robotics and Process Automation, which is now the location of his upcoming apprenticeship.
“I want to thank the Township for their generous scholarship. This money will help me get started in my career in the electrical field.” – Joel Grant
Joel remains active by participating in sport clubs and has received various awards based on his athleticism. He also supports other recreational teams by acting as referee, goalie trainer, clock attendant, and other assisting roles, while balancing being a student and working.
“The Economic Development Committee is tasked with promoting economic growth and opportunities within the Township. We have always felt that this growth comes from our young residents and that we should support them in any way we can. The Trades Scholarship was developed with this in mind. As Chair of the Committee, I want to extend my sincere congratulations to Joel Grant, this year’s recipient.” – Economic Development Committee Chair Gordon McFarlane
Six submissions for the scholarship were received, with programs or apprenticeships focused on equine care and management, carpentry, hairstyling, electrical, heavy machinery operations, and automotive service.
The Trades Scholarship was established by the Economic Development Committee in 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of the municipality. Its goal is to support a resident furthering their education in a skilled trade through a post-secondary institution or apprenticeship program.