New Minerva award for Vancouver Island University

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) has partnered with Vancouver Island University to provide $3,000 annually over the next three years to create a Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women education award at VIU.

The Minerva Foundation seeks matching funds from post-secondary schools to increase the dollar amount of awards provided by groups like the TLA. This new TLA/VIU award adds to the existing $10,668 of TLA/VIU funds that are available to students in the Vancouver Island University Forestry Education Diploma Program.

Dave Lewis, TLA executive director says, “Every year the TLA raises and donates about $50,000 that is targeted toward forestry education programs, initiatives and awards

“Through the work of VIU’s financial awards department and groups like Minerva Foundation, the TLA has been able to leverage their education funds to ensure that we are maximizing the funds available to our future workforce as they seek training.”

Currently, women represent approximately 13 per cent of the forest industry workforce, he said, acknowledging he would like to see those numbers increase as they look to replace an aging workforce.

“We see our partnership with VIU and Minerva as a very positive step towards that objective.”

Just Posted

Vehicle catches fire near China Creek Marina

No injuries in blaze, according to witnesses

North Island College issues brief statement on bomb threat

Threat forced college to close all campuses for one day

Premier wades into fishery closure debate

John Horgan questions the federal government’s approach

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Horse riders resurrect public riding ring near Port Alberni

Open house planned for July 22 so public can check out Beaver Creek facility

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Firefighters put out brush fire in Nanaimo

Fire broke out in the area of a new development under construction in East Wellington

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read