Stelly’s Secondary School shares tool grant

Central Saanich high school eceives the tools used in Skills Canada competition

Stelly’s Secondary is the lucky recipient of a generous donation from Skills Canada British Columbia and a leading tool supplier.

On June 16, Skills Canada British Columbia, Stanley Black and Decker announced the donation of a collection of Stanley and DeWalt tools used at the 2013 Skills Canada National Competition to six schools in the province.

“This donation provides students and educators with industry-leading tools that will help ensure that classroom training is relevant to the needs of employers that service Canada’s skilled trades industries,” said a press release from Skills Canada B.C.

“We were totally awestruck by the generosity demonstrated by Stanley DeWalt,” said Stu Rhodes, the career counsellor and apprenticeship coordinator at Stelly’s.

“We have actually decided to share the wealth so we divided the tools between Parkland, Claremont and the Individual learning Centre.”

The six schools across the province received a package of Stanley DeWalt tools including cordless power drills, miter saws, scroll saws and accessories valued at up to $15,000 for use in their Career and Technology Studies labs.

“Employers in British Columbia are in dire need of talented, young workers,” said Amber Papou, Executive Director of Skills British Columbia in a press release.

“We hope that this generous donation will attract more youth to successful careers in skilled trade and technology areas.”

— With files from Skills Canada British Columbia