SCA is excited to present the newly established awards for Team Alberta Alumni. The awards honor and recognize those alumni that continue to believe and support the Skills Movement and have grown and excelled since their competition days.
2019 Alumni of the Year: Dustin Sejdl
2018 Alumni of the Year: Deanna Reynolds
2017 Alumni of the Year: Sheldon Marquis
Sheldon Marquis competed in Robotics with St. Joseph’s High School in Grande Prairie in 2012, winning a gold medal there, and a bronze medal at the Skills Canada National Competition that year. After graduating that year, Sheldon immediately joined the Provincial Technical Committee for Robotics, and has been volunteering ever since. After high school, Sheldon received his ticket as an Electrician, and also became an Engineer.
2016 Alumni of the Year: Brandon Liang
Brandon Liang represented Team Canada in the Auto Service competition at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015, and now sits on the Auto Service Provincial Technical Committee. Brandon is a provincial and national gold medalist in Auto Service, and won a medallion of Excellent at WorldSkills Sao Paulo.
2015 Alumni of the Year: Cecile Bukmeier
Cecile Bukmeier, is the Alumni of the Year, an honour presented to her as recognition of your outstanding volunteer support of Skills Canada Alberta. Cecile represents the very best of an alumni. Quick to offer support, positive attitude and role model for future tradespeople. Cecile won gold at the 2013 Provincial and National Skill Canada Competitions in Car Painting. She is now on the Provincial Technical Committee for Car Painting, supporting bringing the Car Painting Competition for the first time onsite to the Provincial Skills Canada Competition, ensuring a higher profile and recognition of the trade.
2014 Alumni of the Year: Michael Scheideman
Michael Scheideman has had an exciting journey with Skills Canada Alberta. Michael competed in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He heard about Skills Competitions in 2010 from one of his instructors at NAIT, and placed 5th at the provincial competition that year. He returned in 2012 to win Gold at both the national and provincial competitions, which qualified him to compete at the world level. In July of 2013 Michael won Gold for his trade at the WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany as one of 11 competitors respresenting Alberta on Team Canada. Michael is now mentoring a new competitor, Keiran Hodges, who won Gold in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning at the 2014 PSCC, and will be heading to Toronto to test his skills at the national level, with Michael by his side to support him. Michael's passion to his trade, and his drive to give back to the people who helped him by joining in as a mentor makes him an excellent candidate for Alumni of the Year.
2013 Alumni of the Year: Peter Keith
Peter Keith, graduate of Paul Kane High School in St Albert, and Certified Journeyperson and Red Seal Chef has embraced Skills Canada programs with full force. Competing in five Provincial Skills Canada Competitions and placing first to last place, he has experienced the full range of highs and lows connected to taking on the unknown. At each step he has come out a stronger and more focused student of his craft.
A highlight for Peter was representing Canada at the countries first participation in WorldSkills Americas 2012. As the best young chefs from North and South America met to compete head to head in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Peter earned a Gold medal. Peter’s Gold medal win may have firmly established him as a talented chef, but it is his ability to embrace opportunity that makes him a Champion.
Peter continues to embrace Skills Canada programs by sitting on the Provincial Technical Committee for Culinary Arts, so that he can pass on the wealth of knowledge he gained during his time as a competitor to other aspiring chefs.
Stephen Carlton received the first ever Most Valuable Contribution to SCA Award. He competed in the 2008 and 2009 Provincial Skills Canada Competition and represented Team Alberta at the 2009 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). Today, as a Provincial Technical Committee member and Ambassador, he is actively mentoring future competitors, and was a tremendous supporter of the current Landscaping SCNC Gold Medalists and members of Team Canada 2013. His infectious energy and passion for SCA and his trade make him an outstanding award recipient and valuable resource for the Skills Movement.
The Outstanding Achievement award is presented to an Alumnus who has significantly excelled since his/her participation in a Skills Canada Alberta Competition. Brad Hollman worked at Falcon Welding since the age of 12, following his father’s footstep in the family business. By the age of 16 he had fully committed to his trade and aspiring to be the best welder and entrepreneur. He attended Red Deer College and in 2003 earned a gold medal at the Provincial and National Skills Canada Competitions.
As a Skills Alumni Brad has been involved as a member of the Provincial Technical Committee for the last six years bringing competitor insight and perspective to his fellow committee members. Brad is always eager to introduce his apprentices to SCA as competitors, ensuring that both SCA, as well as his company, continue to have the brightest and best talent. Now as the owner of Falcon Welding, Brad continues to contribute his time and materials to the SCA welding competitions.