HIEC has Breakfast with the Mayors
Business, education and community were brought together on June 16 for the Halton Industry Education Council's (HIEC) Breakfast with the Mayors. The event was held at the Burlington Convention Centre. On hand were Burlington Mayor Robert MacIsaac and Oakville Mayor Anne Mulvale, who both brought greetings, as well as Joyce Savoline, Halton Region Chair, and over 170 community members made up of students, parents, educators and business and industry representatives.
The breakfast, sponsored by Dofasco Inc. and TV Cogeco, was an opportunity to recognize the successes of the School to Career initiative in Halton. Emcee Kelly Hoey, Executive Director at HIEC, along with HIEC's Passport to Prosperity Coordinator Michelle Murray, updated the guests on the many successful experiential learning programs the organization has been a part of over the last year, emphasizing the importance of out-of-classroom, career-related experiences for youth. These experiences can help ease the often-difficult transition from secondary school to work, college, university or apprenticeship.
Chairman Joyce Savoline was on hand to present the HIEC Volunteer of the Year Award. This year, the award went to Elaine Holding, who has been a strong supporter of HIEC for more than six years, as a committee member, Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Committee Chair and an advocate of HIEC's efforts in the community.
The morning was capped off by a keynote address delivered by Oakville resident Carole Bertuzzi Luciani, a self-described "mood-ivational" speaker. Her address, titled "Recycle Yourself... For the Future!" was a creative and innovative presentation that reached out to all who attended.
HIEC has a determined vision of inspiring youth in Halton to make informed career decisions. Over the last ten years, more than 60,000 students in the Halton Region have been part of HIEC's career education programs. The past year has been extremely successful as HIEC continues to strengthen the partnership between business, education and community.
Prepared by Matt Elliott
Halton Industry Education Council
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