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February 25, 2013

Gray Tools partners with Peel board to boost student success

$20,000 donation will make  “significant difference” for students studying skilled trades

Gray Tools Canada Inc. will donate $20,000 worth of tool sets to the Peel District School Board’s five vocational programs. Staff from the five schools will receive their tools during a special presentation on Feb. 27 at West Credit Secondary School in Mississauga.

“For us, this donation and our relationship with Gray Tools is an example of how businesses and school boards can work together to prepare students for our future economy,” says Scott Moreash, associate director of instructional support services. “We provide a range of innovative programs for students, and Gray Tools is helping to equip our programs with industry-standard tools—the same tools students will be using when they enter the workforce. Having access to these resources will make a significant difference for students studying skilled trades.”

On January 16, the team from Gray Tools visited four Peel board schools and spoke to teachers about the tools currently available to students and how the company may be able to support the programs. These initial meetings were the start of what the company is calling an “ongoing relationship” with the Peel board.
 
“We think it’s important for students to have access to the right tools to learn a trade and saw an opportunity to help the Peel board in developing the trades people of tomorrow,” says Frank Dominguez, co-owner and vice-president, marketing of Gray Tools. “We supply tools to the industrial community globally and recognize the importance of developing tomorrow’s skilled trades people.”

Skilled trades are an option for all Peel board students. Students can take courses to gauge their level of interest and may consider applying for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).  Students have many options through OYAP, including: horticulture technician, plumber, automotive service technician, electrician, hairstylist, event planner and general carpenter. A representative from OYAP will be at the Feb. 27 event. Students and parents can also talk to a guidance counsellor at their school or visit www.makingmyway.ca.

Gray Tools is a locally owned and operated manufacturing company that employees 60 people at its Brampton facility. The company manufactures industrial-grade hand tools. Gray Tools recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. For more information, visit www.graytools.com.

The event is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  In addition to the presentation, guest can interact with tool experts from Gray Tools and enjoy refreshments prepared by students in West Credit’s hospitality program. West Credit is located at 6325 Montevideo Rd. in Mississauga.

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Media contact:  
Scott Moreash, Associate Director of Instructional Support Services, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2041

Hugh Black, Schembri group for Gray Tools, 905-361-7410 x367, hugh@schembrigroup.com

Reference:  Alison Farbar, Communications Officer, acting, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626 or alison.farbar@peelsb.com

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