It gives us pride and delight to announce that Gemini’s own Danny Derksen is going to be recognized this Friday at an awards ceremony in Edmonton. Danny will be receiving the award for “2016 Top Apprentice in the Steamfitter-Pipefitter” Trade.

Every year Alberta Advanced Education – the government body which oversees the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry training program – recognizes the top apprentices in their final year of training. The Top Apprentice Awards recognize the apprentices in each trade who have received the highest marks in their final year of apprenticeship and who have also received strong employer recognition for their on-the-job merits.

In receiving this award, Danny is one of a select group of individuals. Approximately sixty apprentices are selected each year for recognition, and only one apprentice per trade receives this award. This means that Danny is the only Steamfitter-Pipefitter to receive this award for the 2016 year!

Danny has worked for Gemini all throughout his apprenticeship. He started working for Gemini Field Solutions in 2013 and has worked with us every year since. Danny has completed his apprenticeship program and is now a Journeyman Pipefitter working for Gemec Services Ltd. These days he is a regular member of Ken Aasgard’s maintenance crew at the Keyera site in Fort Saskatchewan.

When asked about how it felt to win the award, Danny was pretty humble. He tells us he is not a naturally competitive person, but that he had made the decision to go back to school as a mature student and with a young and growing family, he needed to do his very best. More than anything, he says, his motivation was simple: “I just didn’t want to fail!” To that we say: Danny, you have made us proud. It has been quite some time since a Gemini employee received a Top Apprentice Award and we are so pleased for you.

Congratulations on a job well done, Danny! We hope that you and your family have a wonderful time at the award ceremony on Friday!

Bridget B – Gemini Corporation

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