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NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

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NKBA Ontario teams up with The Pinball Clemons Foundation

The National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ontario and The Pinball Clemons Foundation are looking to make a difference to marginalized youth. The kitchen and bath industry faces a shortage of trades, so it is looking for volunteers in hopes of helping marginalized youth get off the streets. Thousands of kitchen and bath industry jobs go unfilled each month, yet many marginalized youths aren’t even aware that these lucrative and fulfilling career opportunities exist. That’s where the National Kitchen and Bath Association of Ontario and The Pinball Clemons Foundation come in. “Let’s build bridges, not walls,” says Michael Pinball Clemons, Founder of The Pinball Clemons Foundation.

Michael Pinball Clemons
Michael Pinball Clemons

NKBA Ontario is the first kitchen and bath association to embark on this very important endeavor to change marginalized youth’s lives – getting them from margins to mainstream.

About NKBA Ontario Chapter

The National Kitchen & Bath Association Ontario/Canada Chapter is a non-profit association that was established in 1977 to promotes professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry. It is our vision that everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces, to help make this happen we offer a creation of marketplaces, networks, affiliations and certifications courses that raise the level of professionalism by inspiring, leading and empowering each member in our community.

About The Pinball Clemons Foundation

The Pinball Clemons Foundation’s vision is to bring youth from the margins to the mainstream, through the power of education. It provides marginalized youth with educational resources and options to integrate into the mainstream of society. With the implementation of a customized mentorship program and financial support, we are removing the barriers that often hinder success. The ultimate goal is not a diploma or degree – we want to see youth successfully enter the workforce, sustainably employed in careers they desire.

If you are interested in joining the committee and/or mentoring, please contact Lucy Traetto at lucy.traetto@blum.com


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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

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The best of the best, the NKBA Awards

The National Kitchen & Bath Awards gala event gives top honours to Ontario’s ever-growing talented interior design industry

By Allie Baxter, CKD, CLIPP

Last year proved to be a stellar year for kitchen and bath design. To honour the outstanding work we saw in 2019, the industry’s best gathered at the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, Ontario on February 8th.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Ontario Chapter gathers annually at their Awards Gala to celebrate the talented designers and their exceptional design projects from the previous year. The standout, winning designs must be both visually appealing, as well as fully functional and safe.

This year’s panel of judges, all certified designers (CKD, CBD, CKBD, CMKBD), past winners, and industry experts, would agree the entries both met and exceeded the criteria. Qualifying projects are scored based on the NKBA guidelines, safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity and presentation. Awards are presented for design excellence and creativity within nine design categories, eight specialty categories including People’s Choice, plus the prestigious Pinnacle Award, which went to Dvira Ovadia of Dvira Interiors. This tribute represents the best of all entries and is selected from all the first-place winners.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the winner of a contest run by Homes Publishing Group. Select kitchens from the competition entries are nominated and voted upon by industry peers as well as the general public, receiving over 3,000 voters. This year’s winner was Dvira Ovadia, Dvira Interiors.

Both Homes Publishing and the NKBA Ontario Chapter are proud to feature this year’s award-winning designers and their respective designs with you.

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