May 30, 2018

Tolko supports School District 27’s Heavy Metal Rocks program in BC’s Cariboo-Chilcotin

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After a major sponsor dropped out of the Heavy Metal Rocks program, Tolko has stepped in to donate $2,000 to ensure that the program continues.

Heavy Metal Rocks is a project that provides grade 11 and 12 students an opportunity to explore rewarding career choices as heavy-duty equipment operators in the logging, natural resources, and construction industries.

Several Tolko employees took the time to offer their skills for the program.

Liane Skellett, administrative assistant with Tolko’s Soda Creek Division, taught the students how to build their resumes. HR Manager, Tina O’Neill conducted interviews and provided students with tips on how to improve their interview skills. Gary Rouse, Lakeview log yard loader, trained students to operate the wheel loader, and Joe Webster of Cariboo Woodlands organized equipment, contractors, and assisted with supervising the site.

Now in its eighth year, 26 out of 46 applicants were chosen for the Heavy Metal Rocks program.

Carter Robertson (above) received a $500 scholarship from Tolko after winning Best Overall Operator on Saturday, May 12.

It’s programs like these that offer youths like Carter training in areas like workplace hazardous materials information systems, construction safety, occupational first aid, spill kit training and more.