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CIBC Foundation donates $50,000 to Make A Change Canada

The funds will support students in the Online Technology Skills Training program
CIBC has donated to Nelson-based Make A Change Canada. L-R: Julia White (CIBC banking centre leader), Amélie Sauquet (graduate), Anna Vogel (financial advisor), Jessica Grant (graduate), Fern Sabo (graduate), Anne-Marie Edgar (CEO, Make A Change Canada), and Christy Peters (financial advisor). Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Make A Change Canada

Staff and graduates from Make A Change Canada met with CIBC representatives in Nelson to acknowledge and thank the CIBC Foundation for their generous donation of $50,000 in support of students participating in their online Certificate in Applied Web Development and Design (AWDD) program.

Make A Change Canada is the pioneer in providing online employment, self-employment, and skills training to Canadians facing barriers to employment. With a rich history of over 17 years serving Canadians from coast to coast, the organization also works with employers by providing training and support in inclusive employment, and by facilitating job placements with employers working to build inclusive teams.

Funding from this special initiative is supporting students in the current intake of the program by providing bursaries and other supports, such as essential technology and adaptive equipment. This donation will enable students to upskill or reskill in the in-demand area of applied web technology, and gain the practical experience they need to find meaningful employment or advance in their careers.

“We are very pleased to have this important support from CIBC for this valuable skills training program,” said Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO of Make A Change Canada. “This is a wonderful example that shows how, by providing the support that individuals need to succeed, we can work together to create opportunities for career advancement and higher earnings for individuals and their families from all across Canada, while helping to address critical labour shortages that exist throughout Canada today.”

Make A Change Canada’s AWDD programs include a six-month introductory and a four-and-a-half-month advanced program that are offered twice annually. Both programs offer industry-relevant curriculum and e-learning content complete with challenging practicum projects for students.

What makes this program unique is that it provides a supportive and flexible learning environment for students who face a range of personal and systemic barriers to employment. By providing an accessible, online program, Make A Change Canada is helping to create an extra level of opportunity for individuals who may otherwise have difficulty accessing skills training programs in their communities due to barriers, such as mobility issues, family or caregiving responsibilities, or a lack of transportation options.

“The CIBC Foundation is proud to support Make A Change Canada and the students of the AWDD program,” said Ronan Ryan, executive director, CIBC Foundation. “The accessibility of this program is helping to create a world without limits to ambition by supporting students as they gain valuable skills, experience and ultimately meaningful employment.”

Graduates of the program are successfully establishing themselves in a wide range of meaningful and sustainable careers in fields that include website design, digital marketing, administration, project management, customer service, information technology, and the arts. Graduates’ work may be viewed on the organization’s website from the graduate showcase web page (

The next intake for the AWDD program begins on May 1. Interested applicants can learn more about the program by calling 1-888-927-7473 ext. 2 or emailing service personnel at