David Ellis Scholarships Awarded to Five District 3 Recipients

Every year in Canada, 30 young workers are killed on the job while another 40,000 are injured, many of them seriously.

David Ellis was killed on his second day at work. He was 18 years old. In David’s honour, and in honour of all the other young workers killed or injured on the job, the United Steelworkers established the David Ellis Scholarship to fight to ensure all young workers come home from work healthy and safe.

The David Ellis Scholarship is a health and safety scholarship award available to children and grandchildren of any Steelworker member.

For 2020, District 3 Director Stephen Hunt, offered five scholarships of $500 to help selected high school students continue their education at university, college or another educational institution.

“Far too many young workers are killed on the job or seriously injured. All of us need to make sure young workers know the risks and know their rights on the job. Everyone has the right to be safe at work and to come home to their families at the end of the day,” said Stephen Hunt, District 3 Director.

The recipients of the 2020 David Ellis Scholarships for District 3 are:

Veronica Strykowski
Saskatoon, SK
Member: Corey Strykowski
USW Local 5117

Lexi Kruger
Saskatoon, SK
Member: Darrin Kruger
USW Local 7552

Nicole Smith
Winnipeg, MB
Member: Tracey Smith
USW Local 9074-53

Taylor Yakimovitch
St. Albert, AB
Member: Edwin Thompson
USW Local 5220

Ryan Piccolo
Burnaby, BC
Member: Mark Piccolo
USW Local 1944

“I want to extend my congratulations to all of the recipients of this year’s David Ellis Scholarships and thank everyone who applied. Please keep up the good work in spreading health and safety messages to your family, friends, fellow students and co-workers,” added Hunt.


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