Four tradespersons from Brant County have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the skilled trades.

The newly created Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 18 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board.

The tradespersons represented the four trades sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and service.

Construction: Adam Smith, owner of Tru-Power Electrical Services, Burford.
Industrial: Jordan Gowdy, an apprentice with Reynolds Custom Machine, St. George.
Motive Power: Robin Horsfall, owner of Horsfall’s Auto Service, Paris.
Service: Doug Witteveen, owner of Witteveen Meats, St. George.

Brant MPP Will Bouma was on hand, while Marty Verhey of Walters Group served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event was also an opportunity for local businesses and tradespeople to share their views on how to attract more people to work in in-demand skilled trades and how the current apprenticeship system can be approved.

Similar events are taking place during September in Brantford, Haldimand County, Norfolk County and Six Nations.