Hello, my name is Owen Pennock, and I will tell you a little bit about myself: In my early years I had a passion for physical activity, I spent most of my time outdoors, I was enrolled in multiple different sport programs such as hockey, soccer, baseball, and basketball. I enjoyed this and anything related to sports was a passion of mine.

At the age of 6, I was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile arthritis in my ankle which really slowed me down for a couple of years and had a huge impact on how I performed. Through treatment plans, medication, and persistence I was able to beat arthritis and now am physically able to compete and do the things as I want.

Throughout high school, I was able to succeed in two different areas, health and wellness, for which I won a skills award, and also fabrication and automotive, I graduated with honors and am looking forward to my future education at Niagara College.

I have started planning the next 5 years of my life and am very excited about the direction of this journey, my goal is to complete the welding technician 2-year program and search for an apprenticeship as a millwright or certified welder. I feel welding will be an asset in my journey as it will open opportunities for me.

My long-term goals are to have a successful business in either the millwright or welding field where I hope to further my knowledge. I also aim to help teach or inspire students to follow a path in welding or as a millwright.

I am grateful to be a recipient of the Joseph G. Doria Student Award this year. The financial support of the CWB Welding Foundation will assist me greatly as I start out my post-secondary education in welding!