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OPG awards scholarships to Indigenous students


August 28, 2018
By Peter Saunders
Left to right: Mike Martelli, OPG president of renewable generation; Aaron Jones, Garden River First Nation; Elizabeth Brant, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; and Barb Keenan, OPG senior vice-president (SVP) of people and culture and chief ethics officer Photo courtesy OPG

August 28, 2018 — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recently announced Elizabeth Brant and Aaron Jones as the 2018 recipients of its John Wesley Beaver (JWB) memorial student awards, which support Indigenous youth in post-secondary studies.

Brant, a member of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in the Tyendinaga Territory west of Napanee, is in the second year of the environmental technician program at Loyalist College in Belleville. Jones, a member of the Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, is studying natural environment technology at Sault College.

The OPG-sponsored scholarships, valued at up to $5,000, are named for John Wesley Beaver, who graduated as an electrical engineer from Queen’s University and worked at Ontario Hydro for 23 years, beginning in 1949.

“On behalf of OPG, I congratulate both Elizabeth and Aaron on their continued academic success and commitment to their communities,” says Jeff Lyash, president and CEO of OPG.