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Lethbridge College mechanic student earns Skills Canada gold medal

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A big feather in the hat for one Lethbridge College student, who’s just won some national recognition.

Danny Peeters of Brooks has earned the title of the best in Canada in his age group when it comes to Heavy Vehicle Technology after a gruelling 7-and-a-half hour test of knowledge and skills back in late May.

The 21 year old earned a Skills Canada national gold medal for his work.

Peeters has completed three years of his four-year Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship and already has about 7,000 hours of experience working in Brooks.

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“This is an amazing accomplishment,” says Sheldon Anderson, Dean of the Centre for Trades. “It is great to see a competitor from one of the smaller institutions take top national honours competing against institutions with much larger budgets. We are so proud of Danny.”

The Heavy Vehicle Technology competition tests skills in five categories: engine systems; hydraulics; electrical and electronics; steering, braking and undercarriage; and work-place practices (focused on safety).

Peeters is believed to be just the second Skills Canada gold medalist ever from Lethbridge College.

(Files from Lethbridge College)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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