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Alert Bay employee values chance to educate family and friends

December 9, 2009

Dean Nelson is proud to be both a fish farmer and someone who helps members of his band on Gilford Island better understand the industry.

He enjoyed working for the Musgamaw Band’s sea lice sampling on Marine Harvest farms in 2007. After that position ended, he was interested in becoming directly involved with the company as two of his uncles had been in the past. He began at Midsummer Island as a farm technician after chatting to Jeanine Siemens at a community meeting in Alert Bay two years ago. Dean continued in this role until this summer, when he began cleaning nets at sites throughout the Broughton and teaching others how to use the equipment.

In August, Dean coordinated a tour of Gilford Island elders to Broughton area sites. The event was enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Dean values the company support shown to employees with the training that is offered so that they can do their jobs safely and effectively. He’s completed courses in fish health and forklift operation.

Dean was born in Dawson Creek, raised in Campbell River, and moved to Gilford Island in 2002. Since 2004, he’s been living in Alert Bay. Dean has been married for three years to Denise and says the most positive thing about living in Alert Bay is working for Marine Harvest. “It’s full time and it means I can support my family and also teach the band the truth about the industry”. He also loves the fact that his grandchildren are being taught traditional dances by his aunts.

By Gina Forsyth