Working Day and Night for Students’ Futures

A collective effort by the Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board, and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board brought two significant career exploration events for students to the Stratford Rotary Complex on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.

During the day from 10 am – 2 pm, the Interactive Career Day allowed students in Grades 7 to 10 to explore a wide range of career opportunities. 

The goal of the event was to have community partners who represent all five pathways – apprenticeship, college, community, university and workplace – connect and network with students through a series of interactive displays and activities.

Post-secondary institutions, the local workforce and community agencies will be there to showcase opportunities available to students during secondary school and beyond.

Students heard about specialty programs such as cooperative education, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) and Dual Credits through the School-College Work Initiative. 

That night from 4 pm – 7 pm, the emphasis focussed on opportunities for women in the non-traditional skilled trades.

The Real Deal on Skilled Trades is an annual event where parents/guardians and their daughters – Grades 8 to 12 – get a better understanding of a potential career in the trades. Attendees have the opportunity to engage, interact and be inspired by female mentors and exhibitors, take in authentic success stories and practical information about non-traditional skilled trades and enjoy a meal in the company of friends and family.

The aim of both events is to provide a comprehensive and lasting learning experience through which students find, explore and anticipate their future careers. 



Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsor:

Little Lakes Machine and Tool Co Ltd


Media Sponsor:

MTE Consultants Inc.

Kusiar Project Services Inc.

Print Sponsors:

Feltz Design Build Ltd.


Teahen Construction Ltd.

City of Stratford


Special Thanks:

Dairy Farmers of Ontario


Collage of pictures for 2019 Real Deal and Interactive Day

Come Celebrate Our 25th Gala!

children listening to saxophonistFor 25 years the Foundation for Education has held an annual Gala Auction to support thousands of hands-on workshops for the students of Avon Maitland – the public school board for the counties of Perth and Huron.

The Gala Auction is Saturday, November 9 at the Revival House in Stratford, ON.

The event is a lovely adventure: meeting with folks who have supported the event for many years, taking a chance on that one-of-a-kind silent auction item, or out-bidding your table-mates at the LIVE auction – it is a wonderful evening that supports the Foundation’s extensive line-up of ART | LIFE workshops in our schools.

Come join the celebration!

ART | LIFE is a wide variety of arts and life skill workshops that bring unique experiences to local kids. These exceptional hands-on experiences with professionals introduce students to richer ways of living and learning. Funding for these enrichment opportunities comes solely from fundraising efforts.

One such effort is the Gala Auction.

Please see the Gala Auction Facebook Event Page for up-to-date item listings, sponsors, news and more

Order your tickets online or reserve by phone @519-527-0111 ext 239, by email via

We’d like to thank the countless businesses throughout Perth and Huron who donate items for the auction.

The evening would not be possible without our sponsors. We’d like to thank them for their tremendous support – many of whom have been champions of our cause for many years.

Our 25th Gala Sponsors:

PLATINUM 25th Gala Sponsor:

Palmerston Dental – Dr Dennis and Laurie Nuhn

GOLD Event Sponsor:

GABEL Electric, Plumbing & HVAC

GOLD Dinner Sponsors:

Smith-Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.

Watson’s Home Hardware

SILVER Sponsors:

Bluewater Office Equipment/MicroAge Basics, RBC Royal Bank, Marklevitz Architects Inc., Paul and Anne Lake, Leslie Motors

BRONZE Sponsors:

DMDS Limited, Don Hamilton Real Estate, Clinton Raceway Incorporated, John Schenk Legal, Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Professional Accountants, Warren and Eleanor Robinson, T. Litzen Sports, Kim Black


David Armstrong, ETFO Avon Maitland Teachers’ Local, Hayley Jones, Peers Insurance and Financial Services, Howick Mutual Insurance Company, Joan Perrie, Geoff Williams

Al Sygrove, Barb Allemang, Avice Foster, Bardwell Law Office
Laurel McIntosh, Jodie Baker, Lighthouse Money Management

News That’s SOME Good

The novel of Charlotte’s Web is celebrating its 65th anniversary in print this year and we couldn’t think of a better way to acknowledge that birthday than to bring it to life once again on stage!

APRIL 8-17, 2020

As always, all proceeds from this show go directly to enriching and supporting Avon Maitland students!

This beloved and insightful children’s story, about a young pig (Wilbur) and his exciting and life-affirming adventure with a barn spider (Charlotte), focuses on young audiences in primary and junior grades.

The production includes wonderful songs; action; puppets; evocative lighting, sets and costumes plus the talent of 10 extraordinary adult and student community performers under the direction of professional director Duncan McGregor.

Along with the play (60 minutes) attending school classes will receive online a teacher’s resource guide.

Please see the poster.

Find out more @

Book your tickets today! Call the Box Office @ 1-877-862-5984

We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre as we present this classic story.