I started out logging for a local logging contractor in Williams Lake for 4 years. I ran equipment and progressed to a supervisor for the logging company. I then moved to West Fraser as a Woods Assistant. I worked in this role for about 1.5 years, after which I was promoted to Operations Supervisor.
I like the diversity, and challenges that I am able to work through. The geographical regions you get to explore, and I am constantly learning. I am able to get outside and explore the nature around me, while I help create sustainable healthy forests for the generations
My advice would be to get your hands dirty! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and work hard. You can achieve anything you want if you put your mind to it!
I am able to create a work/life balance by having weekends and evenings free to spend with my family and friends. I also get to enjoy my passion of the outdoors most days at work, so this is helpful for enjoying my job immensely. West Fraser is great about helping to do this by creating good working hours and supporting us in time off to make sure we are rested and get to enjoy time doing the things we love. They are flexible about the hours you work as well to help with the schedule needed by your family.
I spend a lot of my free time in the summer camping, fishing, or hunting. In the winter I enjoy spending time playing hockey, or snowmobiling. I am extremely lucky that a lot of my passions go so well with my job.