Two School District 42 students earned the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Masonry last week.
Garibaldi Secondary’s Shae Laing and Maple Ridge Secondary’s Gabriel Fitzpatrick, both in Grade 12, were recognized for skills they honed in the KPU trades and apprenticeship program at Thomas Haney Secondary.
“Shae and Gabe not only achieved the program standards for the level one curriculum, they exceeded all expectations by completing projects that are normally required of apprentices who are in their third year,” said Brad Dingler, SD42’s trades and apprenticeship coordinator. “Their work exemplifies the dedication and professionalism required to be experts in their trade.”
As part of their work, Laing and Fitzpatrick designed and built brick entrance ways that Dingler said impressed the judges.
He noted that the students were guided by the helpful tutelage of KPU instructor Tim Brotherston, who Dingler said has done a great job of helping the young masons take their skills to new levels.
“His expertise, coaching, and instruction always brings out the best in his students,” Dingler said. “He is an asset to our Youth Train in Trades masonry program.”