The professionals are taking notice of the forestry education program at Carihi Secondary School.
At a wind-up event on Thursday night at the Maritime Heritage Centre, the program received $1,000 from Timberwest and $5,000 from the Truck Loggers Association.
“These days, when our members are struggling to find trained people to hire, it’s more important than ever to support forestry education in our local communities,” said Dwight Yochim, executive director of the association. Jason Kerluck teaches the Carihi forestry program and has been providing students with hands-on education in the field.
“Jason is doing a phenomenal job with these students and we thank him for it,” said Yochim. “He’s giving these kids the opportunity to see what kinds of forestry careers are available to them in their own community.” Later in the evening, Timberwest CEO Brian Frank gave the keynote address explaining his vision for TimberWest. He also made a $1,000 donation to the forestry program.