The Labourers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1089 opened its brand new state-of-the-art training facility in Sarnia yesterday. Dignitaries from across the province joined union members for a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the 15,000 square foot facility on Confederation Street.
Officials of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, which has partnered with LiUNA Local 1089, were invited guests at the celebration.
"LiUNA has been an important partner, as we work with our elementary and secondary teachers and students to better understand apprenticeship pathways available to students following high school," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.
LiUNA will be visiting Grade 7 and 8 classrooms with their new mobile training centre, to allow students to experience hands-on learning opportunities while finding out more about a career in the trades. Parents will also be invited to these sessions, to learn about career pathways for their children in the world of trades and technology.
The new training centre on Confederation Street features two classrooms - one for construction, named in honour of Sarnia construction icon Ray Curran; and the other for safety and first aid training.
In the photos (above left) are (L-R) Brian Breault and Warren Seton, St. Clair Catholic; Chad Hogan, Training and Apprenticeship Coordinator, LiUNA Local 1089; Deb Crawford, Director of Education, Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education, Chris St. Amand, Paul Cogghe and Paul Teetzel, St. Clair Catholic; and (above right) dignitaries join Mike Maitland, LiUNA Local 1089 Business Manager for a ribbon cutting to official open the new training centre.