Two Lethbridge College apprenticeship students have received a unique boost to their automotive careers, thanks to new awards created in memory of a well-known local business owner.
The Brian Kaltenbruner Memorial Tool Award has been created by Beverly Kaltenbruner to honour the legacy of her late husband, who passed away in a motorcycle accident nearly a year ago. Brian Kaltenbruner, the co-owner of Harold’s Auto Service, completed his Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship training at Lethbridge College, winning the 1997 AMA Automotive Apprentice Award for outstanding academic achievement. The new student awards will help those who are following in his footsteps.
“Brian believed that the responsibility to attract the best and the brightest applicants to automotive apprenticeship programs fell to business owners,” says Beverly Kaltenbruner, owner of Harold’s Auto Service. “After Brian had fulfilled his dream of facilitating on-going Rotary Club automotive scholarships at LCI, he talked of ways to do the same on a larger scale. So my family and I felt the best way to honor Brian’s dreams would be through an annual awards program at the college.”
The awards are presented as gift certificates to Snap-on Tools for students in the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship program. Abe Banman, of Rolling Hills, Alta., is the inaugural winner of the third-year student award for $2,500, and Daniel Henrie, of Glenwood, Alta., has received the first-year student award of $1,500. The awards recognize students who demonstrate a desire for excellence and commitment to the trade through their diligence and strong work ethic in both academic and employment endeavours.
The awards are a collaborative effort, thanks to funding from Beverly Kaltenbruner, Harold’s Auto Service, Snap-on Industrial and Silver Automotive (Lethbridge), along with a number of individual donations from family and friends.
“This award allows our apprentices to gain a step-up as they begin their automotive careers,” says Sheldon Anderson, chair of the Crooks School of Transportation. “It’s terrific to see the commitment to our program in memory of a well-respected businessman and community leader like Brian.”
An avid motorsports enthusiast, Brian Kaltenbruner was known for putting others ahead of himself and showed his community spirit through Harold’s Auto Service’s local initiatives and his involvement with the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East. Brian and Beverly’s son, Chris Brown, is carrying on the family legacy as a third-year Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship student at Lethbridge College.
“We leave it to the award recipients to be affected by the leadership and example that Brian provided,” says Beverly Kaltenbruner. “Be strong and personally resilient and never allow anyone or anything to diminish your dreams.”
The Brian Kaltenbruner Memorial Tool Award will be awarded annually and is an open fund. Others interested in contributing to the fund can contact Lethbridge College development officer Lesley Wood at (403) 320-3202 ext. 5238.