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Toronto Craftsmen Club donates $5,000 to scholarship program

October 7, 2019  By PrintAction Staff

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Canadian Print Scholarships has announced a $5,000 donation from The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen.

“We have a long history of supporting education in the graphic arts and wanted to provide funds to continue this legacy. Canadian Print Scholarships also supports education initiatives and we decided to help with their work,” says Bill Kidd, President of The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen.

“The future of our industry rests with young people studying graphic communications in schools across the country. We are happy to support them as they train for careers in printing,” adds Bob Dale of The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen.

Last month the Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen, a division of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), announced its closure after 100 years of dedicated service, citing declining membership and reduced company participation. The Craftsmen Club said all assets will be forwarded to the Canadian Printing Industry Association’s Canadian Print Scholarships program.

“We’re grateful for the donation and the trust the Craftsmen have placed in Canadian Print Scholarships. We’re working with more schools and students than ever before in our work to attract the brightest and best young people to our industry,” notes Jeff Ekstein, Chair of Canadian Print Scholarships.

“The leadership of The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen is truly appreciated. Their desire to invest in the future of our industry is a great example for all of us. We hope other companies and organizations consider adding their support,” says Ken Freek, Executive Director, Outreach and Partner Relations with Canadian Print Scholarships.

The mission of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund is to attract students to the graphic communications industry by providing financial assistance to enrol and continue in a post-secondary management or technical program at an approved institution. 

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