Array

Ponoka man part of world skills challenge

A Ponoka man has been chosen to represent Canada at next year’s WorldSkills Competition.



A Ponoka man has been chosen to represent Canada at next year’s WorldSkills Competition.

Bart Van Haaren is one of 35 tradespeople who’ll form Team Canada to take part in the 42nd annual WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany, next July.

He’s one of 1,000 competitors from 61 WorldSkills International Member regions and countries who’ll participate, competing in 43 skilled trade disciplines.

Van Haaren will compete in the joinery category. Joinery is carpentry cutting and fitting joints in wood without nails, screws or other fasteners such as cabinets.

“It’s a real treat,” said the 21-year-old.

He was selected from the Skills Canada National Competition, an effort by the non-profit Skills/Compétences Canada working with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth.

“I competed in Skills Canada in high school and when done, kept at it.”

He completed his four-year apprenticeship through NAIT earlier this year and is in his fifth year working at Ponoka Cabinet Makers.

Van Haaren was recently in Ottawa to meet other team members and go through an orientation.

Going to Leipzig will be something of a homecoming.

“I was born in Holland and moved here when I was 11,” said Van Haaren.

“It’ll be like going back home a little bit.”

rfiedler@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

More residential snow plowing could be done in Red Deer this winter

New proposed plowing protocols to be presented to city council Monday

PHOTOS: Candles, roses are carried in Red Deer for missing and murdered women

Thursday’s vigil marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal massacre

Commercial vacancy rate report shows ‘resiliency’ in local economy

Amount of industrial land being bought and leased stays strong in third quarter

Red Deer loses out on funding for addiction clinic

$8 million divided among eight communities

Fashion Fridays: Ethical and sustainable gifts for the season

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Central Alberta Council on Aging will hold its Christmas General… Continue reading

Central Alberta high school football leagues hand out annual awards

The high school football season officially concluded with the annual all-star banquet… Continue reading

Let’s cancel ‘OK Boomer’ in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

NEW YORK — Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in… Continue reading

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

NEW YORK — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses… Continue reading

Nine Lessons and Carols concert performed Monday in Red Deer

There’s no admission charge to the event at Gaetz Memorial United Church

How to put a stop to bullying

In the years since he left school, Tad Milmine has become interested… Continue reading

New Lacombe community health centre is ready to open its doors

A new community health centre opens next week in Lacombe, bringing many… Continue reading

Ponoka County struck by large amount of unpaid property taxes

CAO now has some discretion in cancelling certain tax penalties

Most Read