BC Trucking Association Gift Supports Renewal of Resources and Honours Flemming Sondergaard's Lifetime Commitment to Education and Industry

The BC Trucking Association, with funds raised by its Flemming Sondergaard Legacy Fund Committee, generously donated $88,000 to the BCIT School of Transportation’s Heavy Equipment Group for the purchase of a new Medium Duty Truck.

Left-Right: John Bourbonniere, Don Durward, Jim Beiderwieden, Gerry McIlhargey, Robin Ross (Committee Chair), Milena Bileck, Guff Muench, BCIT student Jason Drinkle, Duncan Kendrick, Rob MacGregor and Ken Takagaki

BCIT has used the funds to order a new 2010 model year Kenworth. The Kenworth truck, equipped with a PACCAR engine built by Cummins, will feature new SCR aftertreatment technology used in 2010 to reduce NOx emissions to almost zero levels, leaving it 100 times cleaner than diesel trucks were just 25 years ago. BCIT will be the first trade school in North America to be equipped with a truck using the new modern SCR technology.

"The truck is critical to the BCIT Heavy Equipment Group’s ability to meet new 2007 National Occupational Analysis outcomes," says Rob MacGregor, associate dean, Motive Power. "This gift is a first step in the renewal of our learning resources, which will ensure our graduates continue to be immediately productive when they enter the workplace. And, it is a wonderful way to create a legacy here for Flemming Sondergaard, who was a great friend to BCIT."

"As a group we all are, or have been, active in the trucking industry; and we all cherished the friendship that we shared with Flemming", says Robin Ross, Chair of the Flemming Sondergaard Legacy Fund Committee. "In this light we are pleased to honour his memory by making this important contribution in his name to BCIT as an institution and to the training it provides to the future human resources of the industry."

The Flemming Sondergaard Legacy Fund Committee was established in honour of Mr. Flemming Sondergaard, who was active in BCTA for over 40 years. He had a lifetime commitment to the trucking industry and to the education and training of industry employees. He also served as Chair of the BCIT Board of Governors from 1987 to 1989 and received an honorary doctorate from the institute in 1994.

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