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City Recognized for School-Work Programs

May 5, 2009 – The City of Thunder Bay is one of five Ontario employers to receive the 2009 Passport to Prosperity Employer Champion Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to providing meaningful work experiences for local high school students.

"By providing valuable workplace experiences to high school students, these employers are helping young Ontarians make some of the most important decisions in life, including setting career goals and choosing what type of postsecondary education and training to pursue," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. "School-work partnerships are critical to boosting student achievement and helping more kids graduate."

The City of Thunder Bay is the first employer in Northwestern Ontario to have received this award. Today, there are 26,000 employers in Ontario participating in experiential learning programs.

“At the City of Thunder Bay, we are committed to promoting a clean, green, beautiful and healthy community that provides economic opportunity and respects diversity,” said Lisa Beckwick, Staffing and Development Specialist in the Human Resources Division, who coordinates the program that was first introduced at the suggestion of Councillor Brian McKinnon.

“The students who participate in our school-work programs help us deliver on this commitment by becoming an integral part of our workforce. We are extremely proud of the students who have chosen to lend us their enthusiasm, time and dedication – and hope their experience with us may lead them to eventually consider a career in the municipal sector.”

Now celebrating its tenth year, Passport to Prosperity is a province-wide initiative led by the Provincial Partnership Council that encourages and supports Ontario employers in providing high school students with experiential learning opportunities. The Passport to Prosperity program is delivered by the North Superior Training Board, on behalf of the Ministry of Education for the Thunder Bay region. 

For more information on the City of Thunder Bay’s student placement program, visit under City Government, then Employment. 

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Contact:  Lisa Beckwick, Staffing and Development Specialist – Human Resources Division, 625- 3298 or    

Note to editors:  A photograph of the award presentation is available; please contact Valerie Marasco, Communications Officer at 625-2438 or for a digital copy.