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The North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund recently hosted a graduation ceremony for their apprenticeship program graduates honoring 372 members representing 11 locals in the region.
Joe Byrne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters; Tom Fischer, Executive Director of the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund; Michael Holmes, Chairman of the Board of the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund; and Justin Alves, NASCTF alumni and Local 56 piledriver were keynote speakers.
Seven members were recognized with awards given out at the ceremony. Local 339 member Robert Wiegman (carpentry), Local 2168 member Bruno Fernandes Neri (floor covering) and Local 56 member Cory Gordon (piledriver) received the Golden Hammer Award. This award is given out each year to graduates who demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship and dedication to the profession.
Local 336 member Juan Velez received the Zachary Constant Award, which recognizes the graduating apprentice who displays an all-around commitment to the craft, the union, and the community.
Local 2168 member Kevin Fuentes was presented the Alfred Halpern Leadership Award, recognizing exceptional proficiency and professionalism.
Local 326 Daniel Woodberry received the Michael Timura Award, which recognizes the achievement of the most outstanding apprentice in a graduating class.
Local 327 sister Aquila Williams received the Amelia Phinney Award, which recognizes an excellent ability as a carpenter but more importantly represents the qualities that made Amelia so successful: determination, unselfishness, grace, and a sense of humor.
Congratulations to all of the graduates!