07 June 2012

Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre donation

Yellowknife, NT - Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine, is pleased to announce its continuing support of the Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre (KCTC) in Yellowknife.
 
On June 7, Diavik presented the centre with a $20,000 donation. Diavik's support of KCTC, which dates back to 2004, totals nearly $220,000. Diavik's contributions have been used to purchase and maintain equipment and buy materials, primarily for the centre's welding shop.

Through its programming, KCTC, provides students with opportunities to learn about technical and trades career options. Currently, over 450 students are enrolled in KCTC courses which include construction carpentry, small engine repair, robotics, hairstyling, and welding. Students entering apprenticeships can use KCTC course hours towards their apprenticeship. 

In addition to supporting students the KCTC, in partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, has offered the Becoming a Master Instructor program to nine Diavik underground mining trainers.

"Individuals with trades and technical skills are very much in demand in our industry and we support the centre's efforts to provide students with an opportunity to explore these very rewarding career options," said Diavik President and Chief Operating Officer Niels Kristensen.

"The success of our programs is directly related to the contribution that Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. has made to our facility, especially the welding lab. The quality and availability of industry pertinent equipment in our welding lab generates excitement and enthusiasm among the students and better prepares them for the world of work.  Yellowknife Catholic Schools is very thankful of our partnership with Diavik," said Claudia Parker, Superintendent, Yellowknife Catholic Schools.

To learn more about the Yellowknife Catholic Schools' Kimberlite Career and Technical Centre, visit their www.ycskctc.nt.ca/ web site.

The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and a five-time John T. Ryan safety award winner, is an unincorporated joint venture between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. For further information contact Doug Ashbury, Adviser Communications at Tel:  (867) 669-6500, or visit the DDMI web site at www.diavik.ca.



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