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TLA And Chevron Award Scholarship For Heavy Equipment Operator Students

Feb 8, 2017

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Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson congratulated the winners of two scholarships from Vancouver Island University’s Heavy Equipment Operator Program at the TLA’s 74th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “In It For The Long Run.

"I commend Mitchell and Tye for pursuing careers in the forest industry. Forestry is vitally important to BC's economy and the backbone of many rural communities. Over the next few years, more jobs will continue to open up and I encourage all young people to consider working in the woods," said Thomson.

This year’s scholarship winners, Mitchell Dixon and Tye Mckie, are fully committed to working in the forest industry. In fact, like many forestry workers, they are outdoors people who look forward to working in the forest they already hike, bike and camp in.

The two $5,000 scholarships, created three years ago, are jointly funded by The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron Canada. “Education and skills training in the trades is critical to the future success of the forest industry, and the overall economic prosperity of British Columbia. It is a privilege to award these two VIU student scholarships alongside the Minister,” said Adrien Byrne, Chevron Spokesperson.

“The TLA invests around $80,000 annually on forestry education in BC through our TLA Forestry Education Fund,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “These particular awards are close to the TLA’s heart as they allow us to invest in students that will likely work for one of our timber harvesting members.”