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PHS Receives $50,000 in Funding for Welding Program

On Wednesday, November 18th, representatives from the Canadian Welding Association were at Pontiac High School to make a very special presentation before an assembly of welding students and their teacher, Sylvio Richard.  They were there to present a cheque of $50 000 on behalf of the Marinucci Foundation.  Only ten schools across Canada were selected among all the applicants and Pontiac High is the only Québec school chosen.

During the presentation, the school’s welding teacher, Sylvio Richard, was praised for the excellent results year after year that PHS students earn on the Canadian Welding Bureau’s certification tests.  He and the students were also commended for the high rankings Pontiac High receives when their welding students compete in regional trade competitions, usually placing first or second, often against students enrolled in college programs.


The $50 000 will be spread out over 10 years to help with purchases of new equipment in the welding shop.  The school was also treated to new welding helmets, courtesy of the Canadian Welding Association.  Debra Mates and Andrew Bartlett from the CWA presented the cheque to principal, Eldon Keon and welding instructor, Sylvio Richard. 

School Profile

Pontiac High School is situated in Shawville, Quebec, Canada, approximately 65 km from Ottawa, the nation's capital. It serves a rural community from a large geographical catchment area. There are approximately 560 students with 37 full and part time teaching staff, 10 full and part time teacher's aides and special education technicians at Pontiac. Our programming includes special education, Secondary I through V academic and a local trade program that is unique in the province.

Our school success initiatives along with our membership in the Teaching and Learning Schools Alliance has provided a framework to build an achievement model that seeks to increase the academic performance of our students. Some highlights of our school include The Welding program, The Cycle I Project, and The Achievement Team.

Pontiac High continues to strive for Excellence in its individuals, be they staff or students. As a Lead School for the Western Quebec School Board, Pontiac High seeks challenging collaborative opportunities with its partners in Education.