Thursday July 24, 2014

All the Queen's Oilmen

Trio of Fort St. John Petroleum Association stalwarts earn Queen's Jubilee medals
James Waterman Photo

LEFT TO RIGHT: Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, Mike Kosick, Tyler Kosick, Vic Brandl and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. Zimmer and Pimm presented Queen's Jubilee medals to Brandl and the Kosicks at the Fort St. John Petroleum Association meeting on Jan. 3.

It was a family affair when Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm stopped by the Fort St. John Petroleum Association meeting on Jan. 3 to hand out a trio of Queen's Jubilee medals.

One of the award recipients was Mike Kosick, the founder of Trans Carrier Ltd. (TCL), who was sharing the spotlight on that night with his son and current general manager of TCL, Tyler Kosick, and longtime family friend Vic Brandl, the founder of V.E. Brandl.

"I certainly think Mike and Tyler are both very deserving of it," Brandl said following the presentations.

The three men were recognized for their contributions to the community such as sponsoring minor sports, supporting the local hospital foundation and participation in community groups such as the Shriners, Masons and the Petroleum Association.

Mike credited Brandl with encouraging his involvement in the community during their years working side-by-side in construction ventures in the region.

"We don't do these things to get recognized like this," said Mike, emphasizing how proud he felt to share the moment with his son and a good family friend.

"It's quite an honour," said Tyler.

"At my age, to be recognized with an honour like this is absolutely unheard of," he added.

"It takes a lifetime to gain the amount that these two gentlemen have done in our community."

Tyler looks at the award at this stage in his life as motivation to keep working for his community.

"It's definitely not an excuse to quit," he said.

"There's a lot more to give back to this community in any way, shape or form we can. That's the way we were brought up. Community is your home and you've got to work to keep your home livable.

"My roots were grown in this community. I plan to be a part of the community for a lot longer."

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