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Provincial government invests in nationwide SHAD program

Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Minister Sonny Gallant with SHAD graduates Zara Toupin Ramlal and John Zhou.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Minister Sonny Gallant with SHAD graduates Zara Toupin Ramlal and John Zhou. - Contributed

More Prince Edward Island students that before participated in a nationwide young leaders’ program.

SHAD – named for the Aurora, Ont. creek where the program began – is a summer enrichment program hosted by 16 different universities each July that attracts top Canadian high school students.

Recently the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning provided $150,000 in funding over three years to ensure more Island students are able to participate.

“We have seen firsthand the impact of SHAD on the students who have participated – they have returned to the Island transformed,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

“This year we hosted SHAD at the University of Prince Edward Island for the first time, which showcased the leading bioscience and aerospace research happening right here.”

A record number of P.E.I. students applied for SHAD in 2018 and another 20 Islanders participated in SHAD programs from coast to coast this summer.

“We are committed to the future of our young Islanders by ensuring they are prepared for the ever-evolving workforce,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “SHAD is an excellent program that provides students with experiential opportunities that help build their entrepreneurial skills, networks and workplace readiness.”

Tim Jackson, SHAD president and CEO appreciates the support.

“Today’s announcement is all about the future. It ensures SHAD will be accessible to qualified P.E.I. high school students so they can participate and benefit from our life changing programs.”

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