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MEDIA RELEASE September 29, 2021

OTF Grant Enables GTTI-The Training Centre to Safely Serve The Community

Sutton, ON – In 2021, Georgina Trades Training Inc. (GTTI) received a $139,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to outfit its facility and modify transportation services to meet the safety requirements required because of COVID-19. The project was completed June 30th and has enabled it to safely serve its clients and the community.

“We greatly appreciate the support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Bil Trainor, Board Chair of GTTI. “The special funding has been put to good use to provide protection of staff and students, enabling us to continue to deliver much needed training during the pandemic.”

As a result of COVID-19, GTTI has had to shift how it offers programs and services to the community. During the lockdown, GTTI was able to have both its staff and students work remotely thanks to the purchase of laptops. Alterations were also made to the facility so that when the organization reopened to the public, the appropriate health and safety measures were put in place. GTTI also replaced one of its existing buses with a newer model that includes an air filtration system, air conditioning, bucket seats and has been equipped with safety barriers to keep both our driver and passengers’ safe. Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves have also been made readily available to staff, clients and volunteers.

GTTI – The Training Centre is committed to continuing to provide innovative training opportunities to the community. It is currently offering an administration program for York Region residents, and coming up in October, they will offer a seniors and youth mentoring program. GTTI also offers a variety of industry certifications such as First Aid/CPR and WHMIS, along with some other fee-based programs in welding and computer skills. To view the full program offerings please visit the website at or contact by email at

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

Media Contact:

Ashley Walker, Operations Manager

Georgina Trades Training Inc.

905-722-6300 ext. 202

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Georgina Trades Training Inc. held its online Annual General Meeting

on Thursday April 29, 2021

This year marks the 15th year since GTTI was founded.

Despite being virtual, it was a very enjoyable event, with all relevant reports indicated that 2020 was the most active in GTTI’s 15-year history.

As part of the proceedings a new board was elected for 2021/2022:


Chair – Bil Trainor*

Past Chair – John Defaveri*

Vice Chair – Sean Bell*

Treasurer – Carr Hatch*

Secretary – Sharon Russell*

*Executive Committee.

Elected Directors

Director – Sue Wansbrough

Director – Iain Donnell

Director – Peter Tarpay

Appointed Directors

Anne Pegg – South Lake Futures (Founding Director)

Karyn Stone – Town of Georgina

Dan Fellini – Councilor Ward 2, Town of Georgina

Jim Beechey – Georgina Chamber of Commerce

Dan Gillis – York Region District School Board

Luigio Paonessa – York Catholic District School Board