Featured Face: Delwin Fuson, 1st Year Carpentry Apprentice
As a first-year carpentry apprentice, Delwin is just beginning his career in construction. While in high school, he completed his first-year millwright apprenticeship. However, after not readily finding employment in that trade, he was open to trying something new.
Delwin currently lives in Prince George and is a member of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, one of the Treaty 8 Nations whose territory includes the footprint of the Site C Project. He learned about the opportunity with AFDE through the Band’s employment office. With assistance from our team, he signed up with the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) and registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). He’s been part of the team at Site C since early July.
“This is a really exciting project, and it’s amazing that I could possibly work here long enough to get my red seal all while working with the same employer,” said Delwin.
According to his supervisor, General Foreman Al Bujold, Delwin is making the most of the opportunity: “He’s got a great attitude, and he’s learning a lot. He listens well, and works well with the rest of his crew. He started with hardly any [carpentry] experience, but he’s come a long way already, and he’s going to just keep learning. He has a bright future and will make a great carpenter.”
Delwin hopes that his experience will encourage other Indigenous youth to consider a career in the trades, and he looks forward to mentoring them when they join the team.
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