Morgan Brown of Port McNeill

Morgan Brown of Port McNeill

Apprentice carpenter wins award

Morgan Brown won an award for his carpentry project at The Skills Canada Competition

A North Island Secondary School graduate won an award for his carpentry project at The Skills Canada Competition in Abbotsford B.C. and has qualified to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition later this month.

Morgan Brown, a third-year student and current apprentice carpenter at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, won gold in the post-secondary carpentry category on April 18. He was up against apprentices from other major post secondary training schools for apprentice carpenters in B.C. Judging was based on knowledge, quality and speed.

Brown constructed a scale-sized model of a rounded bay-style corner building frame and roof rafters. It stood out against competitors who created primarily standard rectangular frame-and-rafter models.

Brown attended school in Port McNeill from elementary to graduation, receiving several scholarships because of his high marks and abilities. He has used this to excel at VIU. Within this current year, Brown will finish his apprenticeship and hopes to receive his government-recognized Red Seal as a Journeyman carpenter.

Brown will now represent B.C. apprentice carpenters at the Skills Canada Nationals, to be held in Edmonton May 13.