Sylvia and George Peary were honoured by Skills BC in recognition of their involvement with the organization since it moved to Abbotsford ten years ago to Tradex.
When the competition moved from Vancouver, the Pearys helped it to settle in the community.
The provincial skills contest draws together students from around the province to compete for medals in different categories like carpentry, brick masonry, culinary arts and more. Students can advance to national and international competitions.
Sylvia co-ordinates a group of volunteers of anywhere from 20 to 40 people to help at Tradex to provide the services needed for the program.
The Skills BC recognition gala was held on Nov. 25. The honour she and her husband received is due to the hard work of volunteers, said Sylvia.
“Those are the people who really do the work and the award is about them.”
Sylvia said the competition continues to grow. “It’s the one event that recognizes that there are young people who have amazing skills that are more job-related skills.”
She said much is done to recognize academics, but the competition recognizes kids who have skills is welding, fashion or web page designs and high-tech fields – and it is important to nurture those skills.