Aquaculture Technician grad, Trevor Fraser, is named Outstanding Graduate of the Year by the BC Career Colleges Association

Aquaculture Technician grad, Trevor Fraser, is named Outstanding Graduate of the Year by the BC Career Colleges Association

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 20141221 Views

October 31, 2014

To recognize the efforts and accomplishments of graduates, the BC Career Colleges Association recently accepted nominations from a field of thousands of graduates from its colleges throughout the province for this year’s Outstanding Graduate Award.  We are very pleased to announce that the selection committee has chosen Trevor Fraser as the 2014 Outstanding Graduate.  

Demonstrating leadership, inspiration, and a passion for his program and career, Trevor is truly worthy of this honour.

Trevor had a clear vision of his career goal: management in the aquaculture industry.  So, when he heard that Excel Career College was offering the Aquaculture Technician Diploma Program in his small community of Tsaxana, near Gold River in 2012, he jumped at the opportunity.  The program was brought together in partnership with the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation, Grieg Seafood, and Excel Career College and supported by the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program.

Trevor knew this program would provide him with the training and qualifications he needed to achieve his goal, so he focused and worked hard to make the most of it.  Trevor enjoyed and excelled in aquaculture training, maintaining an 89% average and providing assistance and support to his fellow classmates throughout the program. 

Near the end of the program, Trevor was assigned a practicum placement with Grieg Seafood.  From that placement, Trevor was hired for a three-month contract; and during that time, he impressed his supervisors with his work and his attitude and was hired on in a permanent, full-time position with the company.

Trevor says work is going “awesome!” He greatly values the environment at Grieg, saying, “The relationship between everyone in the company is great. Lots of teamwork is involved, and I have had the opportunity to work with all departments, be involved with media articles, and things like that. The CEO of the company even comes to the sites and gets to work. It is really refreshing – you would not expect that from a CEO. The whole company is just really supportive; we are like a close-knit family. Even the big boss knows everyone by name.”

What does Trevor like most about his work?  “Living on the water – daily interactions with eagles, sea lions, and other wildlife.  You can see salmon jumping in the water all around you; it’s just a really beautiful experience.”  He adds, “I like to work and love the ocean, so it is a perfect combo!”

When asked how the training program prepared him for the job, Trevor says, “(It) all was extremely useful, but for me, fish health issues and the computer training helped the most.”  He also noted that, “All of the computer courses really took it to the next level and gave me the edge for the promotion I am applying for.” 

Trevor is currently working towards an Assistant Manager position at his site.  And in looking to the future, Trevor sees a long-term role in management with Grieg.  “It is a goal that I have been working towards since the beginning, and I feel that Excel really pushed the envelope and gave me the extra jump.”

Trevor is a natural leader and has demonstrated this in the classroom – through his encouragement and support of fellow classmates – as well as on the job – in volunteering to lead student tours and in providing orientation to new First Nation employees at the work place.  He is very keen to share his enthusiasm for the Aquaculture program and for the work that he truly enjoys so much.  He was happy, therefore to oblige to an interview for a WorkBC article featuring his training and employment in Aquaculture (http://www.bcbsides.ca/jobs-aquaculture-technician/).

Trevor is passionate about what the Aquaculture Program has given to him and what the program can offer to others.  In his program review, he stated the following:

I have really enjoyed the aquaculture technician program.  I find both the instructors and the information given to be very relevant to the aquaculture industry.  I like the fact that most aspects of aquaculture are covered with good info.  Computer courses offered are invaluable to obtain more than just a position in this field; they offer the ability to excel in the work place.

The course is a breath of fresh air in a town that offers little in the way of training and/or work.  I appreciate the fact that it is being offered in our small community and intend on making the best of what is offered by gaining steady work within the aquaculture industry.  I really hope that this course is repeated for other people within the community, as I believe it will help the community diminish the high rates of social assistance.

Trevor Fraser is a fine person, an excellent student, a conscientious worker, and a natural leader.  He is a very worthy recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Award and will be honoured at the BCCCA Awards Gala in Vancouver on November 6th.

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