When did you enter the Helmets to Hardhats program & what trade are you pursuing?
I entered the program in 2009 and I am a Steam Fitter – Pipe Fitter.
What is your service history?
I served in the reserves, from 1990 to 1995 and then served the regular forces from 1995 to 2000.
What drew you to the program?
Initially, my father was a steam fitter – pipe fitter for 35 years, that got me interested in the trades and then when I found out about the Helmets to Hardhats program it just made it easier. It provides a great opportunity to make the transition from military life to civilian life and depending on how long you served, that transition can be quite difficult.
What have you found most interesting about the turnaround?
The number of people that are here and how organized it is.
What projects have you been involved in for the Operation Falcon Turnaround?
There have been a number of projects ranging from ‘bolt ups’ (values), welding and pipe fitting, steam tracing. We’ve been doing a lot of different things which keeps the works interesting.
What are your reasons for working safely, both on and off site?
My most important reason is my family, you need to come into work and leave the same way you came in and that should be important to everybody.
Are you a native to New Brunswick? Where is your hometown?
I am a native to Saint John. I am very lucky, a lot of folks have to travel out west who have families and kids and that is difficult. Having been in the military, I can relate to that.
How do you like to relax when you’re not working?
I have a dog at home, she keeps me busy and I like to golf. Sometimes I just like to take it easy and watch the baseball or hockey game.
Find out more about the helmets to Hardhats program at: www.helmetstohardhats.ca