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Winnipeg Harvest, Asper Foundation partner on training program

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Winnipeg Harvest, along with The Asper Foundation, today announced a new training facility located at Winnipeg Harvest to teach skills to clients which will help them find a job.

The Asper Learning and Friendship Village is offering life-skills training and a safe gathering place for food bank clients, at-risk youth, immigrants, low-income families and refugees.

"Harvest is grateful and humbled to work with the Asper Foundation on this important initiative," David Northcott, the Winnipeg Harvest executive director, said in a statement. "The Asper Learning and Friendship Village will help our clients become more self-sufficient."

David Asper, chair of the Asper Foundation, said the project is a grassroots effort that he believes will make a difference in people's lives.

"You can think of change in broad, sweeping terms but I think you have to be more realistic and think about it one person at a time," Asper said. "That's what this program is going to try to do. You have nurture people."

Among its many facets, the program will provide individuals with training in areas like food handling, fork lift operation, computer skills and allow access to computers for job applications.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM CDT: adds photo

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