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Sep 12
Squamish Nation Training & Trades Centre hosts “Try a Trade” event

By Jennifer Kinakin, District Career Coordinator

On a Friday in June,  24 Indigenous students from North Vancouver, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast participated in a fabulous day of applied learning, through a variety of hands-on activities that included carpentry, plumbing, scaffolding, painting and carving.


Thanks to the efforts of Student Support Specialist Bennie Graydon and his team at the Squamish Nation Training and Trade Centre, this group of students became more aware of educational and professional pathways in the trades. 

"It opened my eyes to the opportunities available after high school," said Josh Schooner, from Windsor Secondary. 

Added Mavic Thorpe-Shaw, from Argyle Secondary, “I enjoyed the variety of skills I learned.” 


Special thanks goes to Bob Baker for offering the Elder's Welcome and to Maggie Siccama of Skyline Scaffolding, Tony Halverson of Done Right Painting, local artist Art Harry, Wilf Baker from the Trades Center Carpentry Program, and Rob Hiatt of Hiatt Plumbing who provided instruction in their respective areas of expertise at the trades’ stations.

Students interested in the program options available at the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Center are encouraged to reach out to Bennie. 

Huy chexw a, (thank you)!



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