Somerville Indigenous Trades Apprenticeship Award Recipients

In partnership with Trade Winds to Success, Robert B. Somerville Co. has established the Somerville Indigenous Trades Apprenticeship Award to demonstrate its dedication to improving the ability of Indigenous employment candidates to pursue a meaningful and sustainable career in the pipeline construction industry.

 

The scholarships are allocated to two individuals who are First Nation, Métis or Inuit and have completed their pre-apprenticeship training through Trade Winds to Success. Two awards of $500 will be allocated once per year.

Curtis Kematch

Electrical Program Graduate 2020

 

“Trade Winds helped me connect with my spirituality and growth in the four aspects. This whole rounded approach to teaching and entering a trade helped me immensely; I realized the battle to keep balance and recognize my internal conflicts and healthy ways to gain teachings from them. I will forever be grateful to the Trade Winds program, the instructors, the counselors, all the beautiful souls involved in the program. Everyone and everything about the program breeds and promotes success. If a client believes in themselves, all goals are possible.

 

“I came here with the clothes on my back with nothing but hope of a dream in my head and heart. I gave my best and my all to the program and I know if every client does the same, their dreams will become a reality. I can say this with true confidence as I have been working as an apprentice since my graduation in my dream trade (electrical). The hard work and learning never ends and I am grateful to Trade Winds for believing in me and preparing me for my career.”

Dakota Bear

Electrical Program Graduate 2019

“This program has opened the door for not just
me but many other individuals in need of help
and guidance, people who come from troubled backgrounds, or have just had a hard start in life.
It allows them to seek a better path and allows individuals to get their foot in the door to open a way for them to have success in their life. It was reassuring and hard at first, adjusting to going back to a school-based program and the fundamental courses to achieve the trade that you wanted to pursue, but there are amazing staff guiding you, preparing you the whole way, cheering you on and making your days go by more smoothly.”

“I will forever be grateful to the Trade Winds program, the instructors, the counselors, all the beautiful souls involved in the program. Everyone and everything about the program breeds and promotes success.”

 

— Curtis Kematch