Forklift operator Ken will retire “when they chase me out of the plant!”

August 17, 2012

By Gina Forsyth

It’s not unusual for people in their late 60s to kick back, relax, and enjoy their retirement after a life filled with successful, not to mention, tiring work. That’s not for Ken Edgar however, Forklift Operator at Marine Harvest’s processing plant in Klemtu, located on the northern coast of mainland BC.

Ken Edgar

Ken Edgar

Since 2005, Ken has been the full-time forklift operator at the processing plant. He’s responsible for moving pallets of packaged salmon from the processing line to Vancouver-bound trailers. He also unloads pallets and empty totes from the incoming trailers. He received his forklift ticket after he was hired and brought to his position many years of experience.  “I enjoy the people at work,” said Ken, adding that if he was to give up work now, his life would have less meaning.

Prior to this job, Ken spent years at the aluminum smelter in Kitimat, was a commercial fishermen as well as a logger. Following two years on the Band owned harvest boat ‘Alexis Jane’, Ken applied for a position at the plant.

Ken was born in Bella Bella but is a member of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Band. He and his brothers and sister were brought up in the Klemtu area, where his father worked for many years in the fish cannery.

Ken and his wife Barbara have five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. When not at work, Ken relaxes by fishing and spending lots of time with the grandchildren.