Gerald Schwartz & CAW jointly fund
Homeless Youth Training Initiative
August 29, 2005
Gerry Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of Onex Corporation and CAW President Buzz Hargrove have announced three years of joint funding
for the ‘Buzz Hargrove Training Supports Program’ at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth in Toronto.

Schwartz and Hargrove presented cheques totalling $495,000 to Eva’s Initiatives, representing the entire three-year funding
commitment.  “Eva’s Initiatives is unique in that they offer real solutions to the homeless crisis,” said Hargrove.  “The organization not
only provides emergency shelter for homeless youth, but it also recognizes the incredible potential of these kids and provides career-
building opportunities that give them a better chance for a successful life.”

The presentation took place at Eva’s Phoenix, an award-winning transitional housing and employment training facility for homeless and
at-risk youth that operates under the umbrella of Eva’s Initiatives.  The ‘Buzz Hargrove Training Supports Program’ will provide youth at
Eva’s Phoenix with the necessary resources to help achieve their goals of moving off the streets permanently.

“Buzz introduced me to the great work undertaken by Eva's Phoenix and supported by the CAW,” said Schwartz.  “I am delighted to join
them in this support and at the same time acknowledge Buzz's leadership of the CAW’s philanthropy.”  Hargrove and Schwartz also took
the opportunity to present the first annual ‘Buzz Hargrove Youth Achievement Award’ to Cameron Slauenwhite, a former resident of Eva’s

Criteria for receiving the ‘Buzz Hargrove Youth Achievment Award’ include:

  • Lived at Eva's Phoenix for at least six months
  • Left Eva’s Phoenix for an independent housing arrangement
  • Employed upon leaving Eva’s Phoenix
  • Reached some of their personal goals while living at Eva’s Phoenix
  • Achieved self-improvement goals
  • Engaged positively in the Eva’s Phoenix environment
  • Involved in a committee while living at Eva’s Phoenix

Eva’s Phoenix operates using an integrated service delivery model, including hands-on training in industries such as technology, graphic
communications and construction, supported by a Mentorship Program, a Social Enterprise and the new ‘Buzz Hargrove Training
Supports Program.’

For more information, visit the Eva’s Initiatives website at:

Eva’s Initiatives is a charitable organization that works collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them actualize their
potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives by developing and implementing proactive and progressive programs and
services.  Since opening its first shelter in 1994, Eva’s Initiatives has served over 17,500 homeless youth at its three facilities within
Toronto: Eva’s Place, Eva’s Satellite and Eva’s Phoenix.

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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