To introduce myself, I have been employed through the Teamster Union 855 for the past three years working on the HEBRON project, through the Helmets to Hardhats program. Prior to that, I served faithfully for 34 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. I’ve been deployed to Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
I left the military having been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). That did not deter the above agencies from accepting me and helping me gain employment into this project. It aided me socially, financially, but most importantly mentally. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose. I was allowed to be part of something much bigger than myself. The project provided a regimented work schedule (something I had missed), and allowed me to again be a part of a team.
The ship has now sailed; the HEBRON oil platform has departed Bull Arm NL, headed for the HEBRON oil field. The construction phase of this endeavor is now complete. I was very fortunate to be part of this journey.
There are too many people to thank, but I would be remiss if I did not mention at least a few:
Dave Pearce, past-president Teamsters NL;
Justin Haddock, SSH Manager, ExxonMobil;
Kim Keating, Project Manager, NE-AL;
Gail Hickey, Diversity-Lead, WorleyParsons-Fluor;
Michelle Wadman, NE-AL (my mentor) and last but not least;
The whole crew in the BAHW (Bull Arm Heated Warehouse).
Thank you all for the opportunity.