Local 146 celebrates 60 years

Top apprentices earn recognition at the Local 146 anniversary celebration. L. to r. are Sheena Binette (2nd-year welder), Brent Toohey (3rd-year Blmkr.), Ricky Sens (entry-level Blmkr.), and Jarediah Bradley (3rd-year welder).

Members honor apprentices, long-term service

MORE THAN 500 people gathered at the Delta Inn South Jan. 26 to commemorate the 1948 chartering of Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). Members and their families as well as industry representatives from the owner, contractor, and union communities enjoyed a dinner and musical celebration.

Cessco Engineering and Fabrication, the first shop signatory to Local 146, under the name of Sparling Davis, hosted the bar during the reception in honor of their 60-year relationship with Local 146. To help visualize the lodge’s rich history, two jumbo screens displayed photos so members could reminisce and remember “the good old days.” Pins recognizing long-term membership were presented to 207 members, and special recognition was given to 44 graduate apprentices.

Local 146 BM-ST Warren Fraleigh acknowledged the honorees for their hard work. “Your efforts have not been in vain. As a direct result of your contributions, there is a brilliant future ahead for Local 146,” he said. Fraleigh also recognized the spouses and family members for their support and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the members who have to work away from home.

Following the dinner and awards, the Rum Brothers, a Vegas cabaret-type show, provided music and laughs for the attendees.