Upper Similkameen Indian Band
Thank you to the Upper Similkameen Indian Band for giving me the opportunity to work with band members through the Okanagan Training & Development Council.
Upper Similkameen band member, Brandon Squakin has completed his 3rd year Millwright Apprenticeship training. One more year of training then Brandon will be a Red Seal Millwright Industrial Mechanic. I have to commend Brandon on his commitment to his training.
In the Construction industry, we had John Allison complete his foundation training in the Construction Craft Worker and soon after this training he was hired on by a company in Penticton. Way to go John, also John was selected to be poster boy for the Okanagan College for the next phase of the Construction Craft Training Level 2.
Two band members Christine Allison and Danette Whitney had taken the Tourism training at the Spirit Ridge in which both received a Special Recognition awards. Congratulations to these ladies.
We had a summer student, Jodi McRae, working as an Admin assistant, this summer position gave her insight to how an office runs; she also helped out with the kids program with their trips and Cultural events. Jodi returned to school in September to begin her grade 12. What a milestone that will be for her.
We also referred Ian Brewer to a Heavy Equipment Operator’s training through WorkBC, Ian did very well in this course, as he had top marks in the course. Good luck in your job search Ian, I am sure you will land full time employment.
We had a few members take various short term courses such as First Aide Level 1/ Excel courses, etc.
It has been a good year and I look to the next fiscal year...
Read our entire annual report in the: OTDC Annual Report 2016/17