In June 2007, the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) announced a partnership with NSCC to raise more than $1 million in student awards to commemorate their 150th anniversary. CANS' 150th Anniversary Industry Campaign called upon the construction industry to support the future through investing in students and their learning.
"Our members' incredible commitment to the campaign is not only helping to attract students to the construction sector, but is making an extraordinary difference in their lives and future careers," says Brendan Nobes, board chair of CANS. "In helping these students take the next step in achieving success, the industry is also meeting the growing needs for skilled labour in Nova Scotia."
Heidi MacIsaac is one of many students who have benefited from these scholarship awards. With a passion for mechanics and aspirations of becoming a journeyman, MacIsaac is set to begin the Industrial Mechanical program this fall at NSCC's Marconi Campus. The 19-year-old who received the CANS' Building Futures for Youth Award of $1,000 says the scholarship will be instrumental in jumpstarting her career.
"Living on my own with rent and bills to pay, I wasn't sure if I could even afford to go school," MacIsaac says. "When I received the phone call that I had won, I couldn't help but cry and jump around in excitement – this scholarship is going to make a remarkable difference in my life."
CANS' 150th Anniversary Industry Campaign has been spearheaded by David Oulton, general manager of Marid Industries Limited, past chair of the CANS board of directors and champion of the fundraising initiative since its launch in 2007. Oulton, who was honoured with the Industry Pioneer Award on June 21, has been a driving force in the construction sector for more than 50 years.
For the past five years, Oulton has made it his personal mission to help pull together the $1.2 million in donated scholarships to support the future leaders of the construction industry.
As the industry comes together to wrap the five-year initiative tonight at Pier 21, its donors will be recognized for their contributions and support.
"While CANS' 150th Anniversary Industry Campaign officially comes to end, our members will continue to play a key role in keeping our best and brightest students in Nova Scotia, to build our economy and to ensure the industry has the right skills for the right future," Nobes says. "On behalf of the scholarship recipients, our staff and volunteers – CANS is truly grateful for the incredible generosity of our contributors."