SLAAMB celebrates heavy equipment operator graduates
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB) honoured graduates of their heavy equipment operator program with a dinner ceremony at the Sunset Suites on June 14.
Graduates, families, guests and staff were greeted with a delicious buffet meal, which was then followed by the ceremony and presentation of certificates.
With the Ontario heavy equipment operator’s certificate, students are able to work in their communities or expand further.
“Students could potentially get in to mining, road construction, hydro projects and also local communities working on roads, gravel pits or even at the dump,” said Patal International College of Winnipeg outpost director Terry Sakiyama.
Sakiyama was also very pleased to announce that this year’s program had a 100 per cent graduation and employment rate.
“We had everybody complete the program and we had a 100 per cent employment rate for this year’s graduating class. That’s always the hope, but we weren’t expecting that,” she explained.
The program graduates are Thomas Fiddler, Samuel Sakakeep, Garrett Hudson, Roberta Mamakwa, Shannon Winter, Curtis Rae, Eli Sugarhead, Kyle Spence, Glen Machimity and Jeremiah Bridge.