By Gina Forsyth
For Newfoundland native Roger King, a temporary three week job vaccinating fish for Stolt Sea Farm in early 1994 has led to a fulfilling career. Roger is Logistics Coordinator based at Middlepoint, north of Campbell River, where he ensures the farm sites have what they
need when they need it, whether it’s nets or cage moorings. Roger plays an integral role with the warehousing and logistics team based at Middle Point.
Born near Port Rexton in Trinity Bay, NFL, Roger and his wife Allison got to know each other in childhood, connected as many from “The Rock” are through long-time family friendships. The youngest of five kids, Roger did two years at Memorial University as well as crab processing for eight years. In the meantime, Allison’s cousin Jody was employed by Stolt here on Vancouver Island. “She suggested we come west during our annual lay-off time and see what the industry offered,” explained Roger. Their timing was fortunate, since Stolt had recently bought Georgie Lake hatchery, where they became staff. Roger later did logistics at Englewood Packing in Pt. McNeill from 1994-2009, before transferring down island.
Roger and Alison have two kids – Madison (9) and Nicholas (14), who has special needs. “The North Island was good to them but there are more services for Nicholas in Campbell River so when the opportunity to transfer arose, we made the move,” said Roger. The King family now enjoys bike riding together, an activity that was made possible this past summer by the donation of a custom-made bike to Nicholas through Variety Club of BC. The family also enjoys bowling camping, and of course following the Vancouver Canucks.