News Release


December 20, 2019 – As the calendar year winds down, Trades NL continued its track record of philanthropy and supporting communities by announcing $120,000 to support 6 community partners.  Recipients include Ronald McDonald House, Daffodil Place, The Gathering Place, Kids Eat Smart Foundation, the School Lunch Association, and the Salvation Army New Hope Community Center.  This makes a total contribution in support of community partners in 2019 at $435,200.

“Unionized skilled trade workers in our province have some of the biggest hearts in Newfoundland and Labrador.  When people are in need, our members step up to the plate to help their brothers, sisters and people around them. We are very pleased with our continued investment this year to help others around us. As we have been saying for some time now, when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians build our province, everyone benefits.”

  • John Leonard, President, Trades NL

In 2019, on behalf of our 18,000 skilled trade workers, Trades NL has donated more than $435,000 in funding to assist 75 organizations, communities, schools, and charities to continue the great work they are doing around the province, and assist improving the lives of children, sick people and those less fortunate.  The Trades NL Partnership Program has 3 categories: Educa

tion; Community; and Health or Wellness.  Support is targeted to youth, education, communities, poverty reduction, social justice, healthcare and wellness initiatives.

“We are delighted to support these initiatives in communities all across the province where our members live, volunteer and call home.  While we are experiencing challenging times in construction and employment, unionized skilled trade workers are continuing to find ways to support these importance organizations that are doing great wo

rk in our communities.”

  • Bob Fiander, Vice-President, Trades NL

Over the last decade, our members have donated over $21 million to various organizations that have made positive impacts right across our Province.  The 2020 Trades NL Partnership Program will be launched in January.

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 Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

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The following partners have received support from Trades NL in 2019:

Education School Grants:
Cape John Collegiate, La Scie Chrome Books for Skills Trades Class
Conrad Fitzgerald Academy, English Harbour West Skills Trade Introduction
Dunne Memorial Academy, St. Mary’s Chromebooks
Ecole Rocher-du-Nord, St. John’s Indoor Garden & Printer
Holy Heart High School, St. John’s Skills Trades Equipment
Holy Name of Mary Academy, Lawn Chrome Books
Immaculate Conception, Colliers Outdoor Classroom
J.M. Olds Collegiate, Twillingate School Garden
Mary Queen of the World, Mount Pearl Physical Education Equipment
Mealy Mountain Collegiate, Happy Valley-Goose Bay Skills Trades Equipment
Menihek High School, Labrador City 3D Printer
Octagon Pond Elementry, Paradise Sensory Room
Persalvic Elementry, Victoria Robotic Balls for Coding
Roncalli High School, Avondale Outdoor Classroom
Sacred Heart Academy, Marystown Learning Commons
St. Marks High School, King’s Cove Greenhouse
Stephenville High School, Stephenville Industrial Saw
Topsail Elementry, CBS Outdoor Play Park
Tricentia Academy, Arnold’s Cove Traditional Music Program
Templeton Academy, Meadows Buddy Benches
Community Grassroot Grants:
Conception Harbour Recreation Basketball Court
Harbour Main, Chapel’s Cove & Lakeview Recreation Town’s playground
Eastern NL Dragon Boat Club Inc. Boat Trailer
Gaskier/Pt. La Haye Recreation Kitchen equipment
Kikmanaq Indigenous Cultural Revival Association Purchase a Tipi
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland Heart Pillows Program
Placentia 350 Inc. Voices of Placentia Bay Festival
Sandy Cove Development Committee Inc. Construct a Stage
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Community Garden
St. John’s Masters Softball Association Clubhouse Upgrades
St. Lawrence Soccer Association Installing Aluminum Bleacher
St. Mary’s Bay North Regional Development Assoc. Seniors Re-generation
Town of Fogo Island Park Clean up and New Beginning
Town of Fortune Community Garden
Town of Holyrood Repair to Seniors gathering area
Town of Main Brook Trail of the Caribou War Memorial
Harbour Breton Recreation Commission Community Dog Park
Trinity Historial Society Express yourself art classes
Women in Resource Development Corporation Girls Understanding Skills Trades Opportunities
Buckmasters Circle Community Centre Boys Group (Youth Program, ages 6-12)
Health & Wellness Grants:
Avalon Wave 8 bow nets, 20 new bats, 10 Helments & balls
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bigs in Blue Mentoring Program
Bishop’s Falls Lions Club Boardwalk to Promote Active Living
Breakwater Farm and Market Inc, Dunville Greenhouse & new equipment
Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Training across the Province
Goose Bay Early Childhood Development Association Childcare program equipment for new facility
Grand Bank Regional Theatre Fire Alarm System and Electrical Upgrade
Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation Towards Fetal Heart Monitor
JR Smallwood Middle School, Wabush Gagaball Pit
Markland Social Centre Committee Inc Heat Pump for the Seniors Social Centre
Riverhead Recreation Riverhead Senior’s Café
Special Olympics Mount Pearl Powerlifting Equipment
St. John’s Women’s Centre Inc. Kitchen & Dining Room Revitalization Program
Town of Carbonear Timing system for Carbonear Swimming Pool
Town of Conception Bay South Community Garden Pilot Program
Vista Family Resource Centre, Bonavista Outdoor play space and garden
Waypoints Springwood Camp Dining Hall Project
Whitbourne Sports and Recreation Inclusion Playground Equipment
Dildo Recreation Committee Inc. Walking Trail around Jack Spratt’s Brook
Community Food Sharing/Food Bank
Our Lady of Snows Parish, Sheshatshiu
Goose Bay Homeless Shelter
Health Care Foundation
The Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation Inc.
Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland
Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
Power to Hope, Clarenville
Salvation Army
Hope Air
Labrador YMCA
Daffodil Place / Canadian Cancer Society
School Lunch Association
The Gathering Place
Kids Eat Smart
Ronald McDonald House

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