Last week, 25 students celebrated graduation from the Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop program, which, now in its ninth year, moved into an expanded production facility in June 2010.
Approximately 80 people attended the annual graduation ceremony, held for the first time in the program’s expanded Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre. The Phoenix Print Shop program began in 2001 with just 800 square feet of production space in downtown Toronto.
The program’s new facility measures just under 7,000 square feet, after Eva’s Phoenix, which works with at-risk youths, signed a $1 lease agreement with the City of Toronto to expand into a neighboring warehouse.
The evening celebrations also included naming this year’s winning design entries in the annual greeting-card competition, from which proceeds are used to support Eva’s Foundations of Print training program. James Lee took first place in both the Holiday Greeting Card and Year Round Card categories.
Other key student award winners from the night included: Jinique Edwards (Macdonald-Odell Award for Achievement); Leticia Lusigi-Clarke (Heidelberg Canada Award); Zuwena Abeid (Gordon and Constance Tetley Award); Chantal Marcelle (Haynes-Connell Foundation); Daniel Moore (PAC scholarship); Llewwllyn Augustin and Eric McCarthy (Long-term Achievement); and Tom Clark and Chad Yanch (Perseverance Award).