January 31, 2018

Belleville, Ontario, January 31, 2018 – More than a dozen recipients of Loyalist College’s W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship will be on deck to participate in and judge the second annual Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races hosted in Belleville.

The Fellowship has developed a Judging Mentorship Program where experienced post-secondary students and apprentices take the lead in mentoring less experienced judges.

“It’s a great way for Loyalist skilled trades students to share their knowledge and expertise,” said Jeremy Braithwaite, Project Lead for The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship. “Skills Ontario has been hosting this event for more than 20 years. We are proud to be a part of it and to contribute in a mentorship capacity.” 

The competition is comprised of 29 teams of local Grade 7 and 8 students from schools in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board; Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board; Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board; and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.


What:              Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races

When:             Wednesday, January 31
                            12 – 4 pm

Where:           Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre

For more information about the Races, please visit the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races website. To receive photos of the event, please contact Loyalist College Marketing & Communications.


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About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship

The Fellowship offers tuition and bursary incentives, as well as academic and professional support, to encourage students to train for and succeed in skilled trades careers. What began as a pilot project in 2013 with just 15 students and apprentices has since grown with support for more than 150 students entering skilled trades programs. During the course of their studies, recipients who maintain a specified minimum average may receive up to $4,000 in bursaries from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and a tuition credit from the College. In addition, the Foundation has provided funding to support outreach activities, including PD events for teachers, to increase awareness of the opportunities in skilled trades. A huge thank you to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for this outstanding support which makes such a difference to individuals and to our communities.


About Loyalist College

Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit


Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536