For Immediate Release

March 14th, 2023  – Trades NL, representing over 15,000 unionized skilled trade workers across Newfoundland and Labrador are providing 200,000 in Health & Wellness Grants under their Community Giving Programs. The grants support initiatives that will have an immediate impact on the health and well-being of individuals, organizations or communities by enhancing programming, equipment or facilities.

“From supporting local fire-departments to our local children’s hospital, community freezers in Labrador to supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community – these grants reflect the diversity of giving initiatives that our members care about and are a reflection of their passion for giving back,” says Trades NL’s Executive Director, Darin King. “The health & well-being of NL communities is always at the forefront of our members’ minds and they are so pleased to support a variety of organizations that will most certainly have a major impact on the people of this province for decades to come.”

The grants will be invested in several different projects. For example, Trades NL will be supporting the new Lionel Kelland Hospice with one of their Health & Wellness Grants in an effort to help provide ten “resident suites” for family members to stay overnight while their loved ones receive quality care.

Successful recipients include:

  • Agriculture In The Classroom NL
  • Fortune Volunteer Fire Department
  • Ferryland Recreation Committee
  • SPCA The Way Home Campaign
  • Lionel Kelland Hospice
  • Placentia Royal Canadian Branch #33
  • Jacob Puddister Memorial Foundation
  • Melville Mantas Swim Club
  • Burin Area Food Pantry
  • Cox’s Cove Community Council
  • Empower: The Disability Resource Centre
  • Hearts Delight-Islington Recreation Committee
  • Dorset Collegiate
  • Holy Heart of Mary High School
  • Pollards Point Community (Main River Academy)
  • Placentia Star of the Sea Association
  • Riverwood Academy
  • St. John’s Masters Softball Association
  • Trinity Placentia Stadium
  • Boys and Girls Club Bell Island
  • Single Parent Assoc. of NL
  • Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • NunaKatiget Inuit Community Corporation
  • Great Northern Peninsula Community Place
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern NL
  • The Gathering Place
  • SNAP at Key Assets NL
  • Holy Family Elementary               
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Amaruk Golf Club, Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club, Grand River Snowmobile Club
  • Eating Disorder Foundation of NL

Over the last decade, Trades NL members have donated over $20 Million to various organizations, proudly demonstrating that when our women and men are working, they are giving back to our society.

Trades NL’s Health & Wellness Grants will be opening earlier in 2023 for organizations to apply. To learn more about Trades NL’s Community Giving Programs click here.


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About Trades NL
Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 60 trades and 15,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate and maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.

About Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office
Trades NL: Indigenous Skilled Trades Office, located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, is dedicated to recruiting, promoting, supporting and advancing the economic growth of Indigenous People of Newfoundland and Labrador within the skilled trades – with an emphasis on Red Seal occupations. This office seeks to create new employment opportunities for Indigenous apprentices and journeypersons, increase apprenticeship completion rates, and foster greater commitment and participation of employers and unions to create employment opportunities, overcome barriers and enhance supports in the workplace.

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