Milton Employer Awarded for Excellence in
Experiential Learning at HIEC’s Breakfast with the Mayors

HALTON, ON – On November 23, 2011, the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) celebrated the benefits of cooperative education and other experiential learning programs that connect business and education in Halton at the Breakfast with the Mayors event held at RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton. During the event, HIEC and the Provincial Partnership Council (PPC) honoured Milton employer Spokes N Slopes with the Passport to Prosperity Employer Champion award. The award – given out as part of the province-wide Experiential Learning Week -- recognized the ski and bike shop’s longstanding commitment to providing experiential learning opportunities to local high school students.

'He never says 'no',' said Greg Murray, event emcee and Passport to Prosperity Coordinator at HIEC, referring to owner Matt Burger's willingness to take on any student looking for a co-op opportunity. Matt spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanking the PPC for recognizing his efforts and encouraging more local employers to get involved.

In addition to the award, hosts Mayor Rick Bonnette of Halton Hills and Mayor Gordon Krantz of Milton brought greetings and spoke about their own unique perspectives on experiential learning, and why they believe these opportunities are essential to workforce development in Halton.

Rounding out the morning’s program was keynote speaker Neil Hetherington, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Toronto. His presentation, sponsored by Teachers Credit Union, focused on how his own experiential learning opportunity with Habitat for Humanity International inspired him to pursue a career with the non-profit organization.

Experiential learning also played a critical role behind-the-scenes at the event, as HIEC welcomed students from across North Halton to participate in the program. Students from E.C. Drury High School arrived early that morning to assist the kitchen staff in making breakfast for over 200 people. Students from Bishop Reding and Notre Dame Catholic Secondary Schools played an important role, creating the centerpieces and attendee giveaways. Other students in attendance representing Specialist High Skills Major, Co-op and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs were also recognized during the program.

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Past Breakfast with the Mayors events :
Fall 2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008
Fall 2007 Spring 2007 Fall 2006 Spring 2006 Spring 2005
Spring 2004 Fall 2003 Spring 2003 Fall 2002 Spring 2002