During the TransCanada Economic Summit, Kiel Gidden, TransCanada BC Public Affairs Manager, presented Kim McPhedran, executive director of the Northern Lights College Foundation, with a $50,000 donation to the TransCanada Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Trades Bursary.
The bursary assists students in trades programs at the college. Since 2015, it has supported 145 students pursuing a career in trades. More than 70 will benefit from this latest donation.
“We recognize the positive impact that the bursaries can have on the students, and we know that investing in skills development is important to northern British Columbians,” said David Pfeiffer, president of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. “These programs help residents access practical training that prepares them to participate in our pipeline projects and other development projects in northern BC.”
Welding students Jadyn Dachuk and James Farnquist have both benefitted from the bursary. The funds not only helped purchase supplies needed for class, but also pay for transportation and day-to-day living expenses. Both agree that they “couldn't have done it without it.”
“The NLC Foundation is incredibly fortunate to have support from TransCanada, an industry leader that stands firmly behind their belief of supporting post-secondary education," said Kim McPhedran." Their support of our college and students over the years has improved outcomes for both our programming and our students."