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Federal investment helps encourage more young women to try trades

Minister Tassi stands with representatives from Build a Dream

Build a Dream receives federal investment to attract young women to skilled trades

Minister Tassi stands with representatives from Build a Dream and Valiant TMS, along with 10 tradeswomen who shared their stories of entering the trades. (Sanja Tabor / Build a Dream)

High resolution photos of the event are available upon request.

(Ontario, February 15, 2020) – The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, was in Windsor on February 13, 2020, to make an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. From the robotics training lab at Valiant TMS, Minister Tassi announced that Build a Dream would receive $728,000 through the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program, to encourage more young women to explore careers in the skilled trades and support them in their journey.

Build a Dream has already expanded programming across Ontario, but with this injection of funds, the organization can deliver services like hands-on camps and career discovery expos to new cities across Canada, as well as develop tools that families can use to continue the career conversation after experiencing a Build a Dream event; these tools will also be useful for individuals who are unable to attend a Build a Dream event in person.

“It was an honour to welcome Minister Tassi and MP Kusmierczyk to Windsor to make a meaningful and exciting announcement. I’m truly proud of the work we have been able to accomplish at Build A Dream and the lives we have impacted along our journey,” said Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President and Founder of Build a Dream.

“This investment is a huge win for young women across Canada.”

The Valiant TMS location was chosen for the announcement as the automation company is not only committed to diversifying their workforce, but also has several female co-op students and apprentices on staff who found their career paths by first attending a Build a Dream event. In Valiant’s boardroom prior to the announcement, Minister Tassi was joined by MP for Windsor-Tecumseh and Parliamentary Secretary of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Irek Kusmierczyk, to talk to some of those apprentices and other tradeswomen about their career journeys. 

Minister Tassi said that it was a fantastic highlight of the day and a pleasure to speak to the 12 women who work as machinists, millwrights, carpenters, robotic programmers and referred to them as “heroes and champions.”

Build a Dream started as an idea that collectively it would be possible to move the needle to balance the workforce. Hachem-Fawaz: “I’m proud to say we now have significant investment from the Government of Canada to leverage the strides we have made that will lead to a greater impact across Canada.”

“Together we can help young women make informed career decisions, and fill skills gaps while encouraging companies to diversify and commit to inclusive workplaces.”

About Build a Dream

Build a Dream spotlights exciting career opportunities that fall under five pillars: skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), emergency response, entrepreneurship, and advancing women in society. Specialized programming is delivered through career discovery expos, hands-on camps and workshops, highlighting Dream Maker professionals, and providing keynotes, consultation, and Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) training. Along with launching additional services and programs in 2019, Build a Dream has grown from a grassroots organization servicing 3 cities, to a national movement.

Contact Information

Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President/Founder, Build a Dream

(519) 560-7877     |

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