Hamil­ton projects re­ceive Tril­lium fund­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NATALIE PAD­DON npad­don@thes­pec.com 905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec With files from Kevin Werner, Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity News

A new dig­i­tal lit­er­acy pro­gram to help new­comer par­ents learn to use com­put­ers, smart­phones and other de­vices to sup­port their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion is re­ceiv­ing $70,000 in seed fund­ing from the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion.

An­caster-Dun­das-Flam­bor­ough-West­dale MPP Ted McMeekin an­nounced the fund­ing, which will al­low Em­pow­er­ment Squared to help more than 100 peo­ple, at the Im­mi­grants Work­ing Cen­tre on Tues­day.

The lo­cally-based non-profit’s new pro­gram is one of 204 re­ceiv­ing a to­tal of $11.2 mil­lion through the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion’s seed in­vest­ment stream, which helps com­mu­ni­ties meet their needs through new ideas.

“The work that you do in­di­vid­u­ally and cu­mu­la­tively is chang­ing our world for the bet­ter,” McMeekin told the crowd.

The Eva Rothwell Cen­tre was also high­lighted at Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment. They are re­ceiv­ing $47,500 for a new ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram that will of­fer in­tro­duc­tory trades train­ing to women and girls in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mo­hawk Col­lege’s City School.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity,” said Matt Kelly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Eva Rothwell. “This is the first time we’ve run any­thing like this.”

For Em­pow­er­ment Squared, this fund­ing means it can con­tinue of­fer­ing the pro­gram it started as a pilot a year ago, said board chair Trevor Jaun­doo.

“It may be a small thing by some peo­ple’s rulers, but it’s a lot for us,” he said.

McMeekin, a Lib­eral MPP since 2000, also said Tues­day he will be hold­ing a morn­ing news con­fer­ence in Flam­bor­ough on Fri­day to talk about his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture.

McMeekin did not dis­close the na­ture of the an­nounce­ment, but said he was com­fort­able with his de­ci­sion.

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