Life can surprise us in positive ways and nobody knows that more than Chris Bobb, Interim Site Manager at Lime Point in Klemtu.
After graduating from high school in Port McNeill in the late ‘80s, Chris followed his passion and enrolled in North Island College’s auto mechanics course. But “the timing wasn’t right” – the course was postponed. Chris heard of a job opening at Ibec and was immediately hired.
And so his aquaculture career began. The money he saved to go back to school was used instead for a trip to Australia. “I’ve loved tinkering with machines since I was a kid but I realized quickly that on the farm I was where I was meant to be,” Chris said. Until he made the move to Klemtu in May, Chris managed a variety of sites in the Broughton, most recently Sargeaunt’s Pass.
Chris was born in Toronto and his family moved to Vancouver Island when he was a toddler. After time spent in Shawnigan Lake, he settled in Port McNeill, where he’s been for several years with his partner, Darcy. They have two girls.
When asked “what’s the best thing about working for Marine Harvest”, Chris’ response comes quickly. “It’s the sense of family and knowing there’s always somebody looking out for you”. He also speaks of the sense of pride that comes with the harvesting of fish he’s put such time and energy into; fish that people say is the best they’ve ever seen. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” he says.
Chris enjoys riding quads and exploring the backroads of Port McNeill on his days off.
By Gina Forsyth
For Loni Kidd, Quality Control Technician at Port Hardy Processing Plant (PHPP), word of mouth is a powerful thing. It was through a friend in 1999 that she learned of a job vacancy at what was then Alpha Processing. Her friend may have moved on but Loni recently started her 12th year of employment. She began on the primary processing line and applied for her current position when a vacancy became available four years ago.
Loni’s responsibilities include ongoing monitoring the temperature of the fish, the ice, cooler, and the packaging room. This close attention to detail ensures that customers receive fish that look like they just left the water.
Loni was born and raised in North Vancouver, where she lived for the first two decades of her life. Following that time on the coast, she and her then husband and two girls moved to Quesnel, in BC’s interior. “That was where he was able to find work in the forest industry.” said Loni.
The best thing about her position is the continuous learning. “I’ve taken a lot of courses and love having the opportunity to gain new information that will help me do my job better.”
Loni’s artistic side is something she enjoys making time for, although she admits it can be a challenge.
“I carry a camera just about everywhere I go.” She gets particular pleasure from outdoor photography. In the past, Loni took several classes in making and selling Tiffany lamps. Walking her four year old Husky German Shepherd cross keeps Loni busy on her days off.
By Gina Forsyth