Gavin Richards is looking towards his future with an appreciation of the stable and well paying position he’s found at the Port Hardy Processing Plant (PHPP) as Hygiene Supervisor. He joined Marine Harvest in 2008 as a processor on the afternoon shift and switched roles as a member of the hygiene crew, which is tasked with the crucial responsibility of ensuring all cleaning protocols for the processing equipment are followed daily. Almost a year ago, Gavin moved up to his current position. He now supervises a crew of eight cleaners and a lead hand.
“After I graduated from high school, I worked full-time as a grill cook at A and W. It was constantly busy, particularly during the summer,” Gavin said. A contact in the aquaculture industry suggested he apply at the processing plant. He did, and six
years later, Gavin has found his niche. “Working with the hygiene crew is a great fit for me because you have to consistently pay attention to detail and I’ve always been a meticulous worker”.
“I like being part of an industry that’s proactive and where challenges are dealt with right away”. At the PHPP, “no one’s got an ego,” he said. I like the open door policy of being able to talk to anyone, anytime,” Gavin added.
Born and raised in the ocean-side community of Parksville on Vancouver Island, Gavin is the oldest of three kids. His brother, sister and parents remain in his hometown. Gavin currently lives in Port McNeill, ½ an hour south of Port Hardy.
On his days off, Gavin enjoys not only working out at the gym – “I’m there most days doing weight training” – but reading as well. “I like biographies because I learn about real people,” adding that he particularly enjoys reading about musician’s lives. This interest fits in well with Gavin’s musical tastes. “I listen to AC/DC and Journey and like other bands too.”