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Awards of Distinction

The Awards of Distinction is held annually during the Apprenticeship Recognition Week. This gala dinner and ceremony recognizes the outstanding contributions of employers, journeypersons and instructors in the Manitoba apprenticeship and certification system and the skilled trades in general. Award recipients are nominated by industry stakeholders, employers, colleagues, friends and family members. Nomination packages for each category are now available:
Tickets are now available for online purchase!
This event acknowledges the support and commitment of the Provincial Advisory Committee and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board members. Below are photos of the 2015 event which took place on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Employer of the Year -- Granny's Poultry Cooperative Ltd.
From left to right: James Wilson, Chair - Apprenticeship and Certification Board; Andrea Thomson, Human Resources Manager - Granny's Poultry; and Richard Anderson, Maintenance & Environmental Manager - Granny's Poultry

Instructor of the Year -- Todd Birtwhistle
From left to right: Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice Chancellor - University College of the North; and Todd Birtwhistle, Instructor (Cabinetmaker) - Red River College

Journeyperson of the Year (Urban) -- Greg McFarlane
From left to right: Jan Forster, Assistant Deputy Minister - Workforce Development and Income Support, Jobs and the Economy; and Greg McFarlane, Construction Electrician - Madsen Electric

Journeyperson of the Year (Rural) -- Mitchell Bergmann
Mitchell Bergmann, Commercial Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic - Bergmann Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

Highest Achievement Awards

The Highest Achievement Awards are held each spring to recognize graduating apprentices with the highest academic performance in each designated trade. This event also recognizes the significant contributions that employers make to the success of these graduates.
This year’s awards were held on April 16, 2015 at Red River College’s Roblin Centre located in the heart of Winnipeg’s exchange district. The following newly certified journeypersons were recognized for their academic achievements and celebrated alongside their employers, family and friends.

Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps

The Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps provide youth an opportunity to expand their awareness of and exposure to the skilled trades through fun and hands-on activities. These camps are held in various locations across Manitoba and are offered as day camps in the summer months.
The 2015 Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps were a great success! Seven service providers delivered summer camp programming to over 175 youth. Check back for more information about the 2016 Building for Tomorrow Youth Camps.
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