HIEC'S Board of Directors Chair, Mike Carberry wins 2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Award

March 16/2011 Article PDF

HALTON, ON - The Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) is excited to announce that our Board of Directors Chair, Mike Carberry, is the most recent recipient of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's 2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Award. On Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Oasis Convention Centre in Mississauga, Mike will be recognized with the 20 Year Award for his continued dedication and service to HIEC along with other Volunteer Service Award recipients spanning a variety of categories.

Mike Carberry
Mike Carberry

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards honour the thousands of people who generously contribute their time as volunteers across Ontario. These awards are an important way to recognize volunteers who have provided service over many years. Each recipient is awarded a specific pin and personal certificate that represents their years of service.

Mike was one of the original drivers behind bringing the Industry Education model to Halton, attending the first steering committee meeting in 1988 at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was to discuss the creation of a permanent working forum to ensure that the educational community and the business community would work towards the common goal of educating students to meet the needs of the real working world in the Region of Halton.

Mike became the inaugural Chair of the HIEC Board of Directors, and was fundamental in the early years rallying support from industry and education stakeholders alike. Mike is a true supporter of HIEC's mission of Inspiring Informed Career Decisions, and has watched the organization grow from 4 people to 17 over the past 21 years. He has contributed to and continues to support many of HIEC's programs and events, specifically the development of HIEC's Grade 8 Career Awareness Program and Career Centre 18 years ago, a program that still exists today.

HIEC's Grade 8 Career Awareness Program welcomes over 9,000 students from both the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board to take part in the program each year, which combines The Real Game, a career exploration program geared toward bringing real life experiences into the classroom, with a visit to HIEC's Career Resource Centre.

'Without a doubt Mike has been a tremendous support to HIEC, always offering ideas, assistance, continued support and unwavering dedication,' says Michelle Murray, Acting Executive Director, HIEC. 'There is no doubt he will continue to play an important role in our organization as we embark on the next chapter in HIEC's journey.'


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