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“I couldn’t have done this without the support of my instructors. I’d like to thank them for all their help and expertise – this is very exciting,” says Davediuk, Class of 2018.
Along with third-place winner and fellow Lakeland alumna, Mackenzie Dieleman, Davediuk brought Lakeland’s NKBA winning streak to 15 consecutive years.
“It’s an honour to be part of this legacy – I keep pinching myself to see if it’s real,” says Davediuk, of Bonnyville, Alta. “I am really happy that we both get to be part of this and represent such a great college.”
The NKBA design competition challenged nearly 300 student competitors throughout North America to design a small kitchen with a $16,000 budget for a Habitat for Humanity project. “I think that’s really cool to be able to give back as students. It was also stressful, but definitely worth it,” says Davediuk, who plans on furthering her education by transferring her Lakeland diploma to Yorkville University’s bachelor of interior design program.
Since a family was not yet chosen for the Habitat for Humanity project, Davediuk says competitors had a “blank slate” to work with. Davediuk made the award-winning decision to include neutral design elements in her work.
“My concept was about natural and clean, new beginnings for a new family to come in and enjoy the space and make it their home,” she says. “Being able to design a kitchen and make it the most functional space where people can really enjoy it, I think that’s very rewarding.”
Earning a podium-finish in the NKBA competition and attending the Interior Design Show in Toronto, Ont., are several highlights Davediuk says made her time at Lakeland truly memorable. But interacting with classmates during work period is one of her favourite Lakeland experiences. “It was a time where you could express all of your creativity,” she says. “Our instructors too were very dedicated to us and wanted us to succeed. Clearly it’s paid off for them with 15 years of winning awards from the NKBA.”
Working on practicum at Jostar Interiors Ltd. in Edmonton, Alta., Davediuk says the skills she learned at Lakeland are put into action every day. “Everything is very applicable. They do renovations so it’s mostly kitchen and bath, which is a huge part of the industry,” she says, noting they were excited to learn of her NKBA award and are also affiliated with the NKBA.
“I would say Lakeland College definitely gave me all the skills that I need to apply to the workforce. I’d encourage other Lakeland students to work hard and put your heart into it because in the end it’s all worth it.”