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Blueprint Second Year Success Stories:

Tsil Kaz Koh and Wet’suwet’en First Nations

Proud family and community members from the Tsil Kaz Koh and Wet’suwet’en First Nations joined 20 graduating students to celebrate Skills Training Graduation as part of B.C.’s Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund.

Mike Gouchie

A member of the Lheidl T’enneh First Nation, Mike took skills training courses in pipeline construction and sideboom operation and today, Mike has his own business (Noostel Enviro & Safety Ltd.) and is proud to work as a permanent contractor and environmental specialist for a company that specializes in designing, building and maintaining trenchless pipelines for the oil and gas industry.

Danica Lam – ACE IT Millwright Foundation program

Ever since Danica Lum was a little girl, she knew that the trades would be a big part of her life, and since she has completed the ACE IT Millwright Foundation program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, this has become a reality. “I’ve always liked building things— be it wooden jewelry in woodworking class, or rings and necklaces in metal design class. These were the classes I looked forward to most in high school,” Danica recalls. “Thankfully, I have grown up in a generation that offers apprenticeship programs to youth to help us make connections and get a leg up in our careers.”

Daniel Carpenter, apprentice welder

For 21-year-old Daniel Carpenter, trades training is opening up a new world of opportunity. Daniel, who is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, is just starting a new job as an apprentice welder at the Seaspan shipyards in North Vancouver. As he works towards getting his Red Seal certification and becoming a fully qualified, journeyman welder.

Justin Shearer – SSA heavy duty mechanic

Justin Shearer completed his SSA program as a heavy duty mechanic this past summer, and it would not have been possible without his employer sponsor, RJB Trucking, in 100 Mile House. As a result of Justin’s hard work and RJB Trucking’s support and guidance, he is now in the best place possible to start his career. In fact, RJB Trucking was so impressed with Justin’s dedication, work ethic, and willingness to learn, that they recently hired him as a permanent employee.

Curtis Shard – ACE IT Carpentry 2014

Curtis, a grade 12 student at Squamish Secondary school, hadn’t found something that interested him yet in his high school curriculum until he started the ACE IT program, and it became clear that he found his path. For Curtis, the program has given him direction and something to get excited about. With the help of his instructors, Curtis was able to secure an apprenticeship before he had even finished his last day of school.  

Mary Dale-Alton, sales associate at Open Road Mazda

At age 62, Mary Dale-Alton made a major career change. After decades in the tourism industry, she found herself on employment insurance (EI) and decided to participate in a sales training program, a project funded through the Employment Program of BC. She is now in a successful career, selling cars at Open Road Mazda.

Devin Cassidy, heavy equipment operator

Devin Cassidy was able to get training through the Aboriginal Trades Training program through the Industry Training Authority and is now a heavy equipment operator at Matcon Civil Constructors Inc.

Rivers Stonechild, sheet metal fabricator

Rivers Stonechild is able to have work life balance with his family at home and his job as a sheet metal fabricator. He has been able to grow with the company he now works for and to break down stereotypes. His advice for other aboriginal people wanting to enter the trades is to put your best foot forward and be persistent and stay determined.

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