Linden Feniak of Sechelt was one of two recipients of $5,000 scholarships funded by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron for students in the Heavy Equipment Operator Program at Vancouver Island University (VIU).
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson presented the awards to Feniak and fellow VIU student Shane Wiersma of Duncan at the Minister of Forests breakfast during the TLA’s 73rd Annual Convention and Trade Show on Jan. 15.
“I commend Shane and Linden for continuing family traditions and pursuing careers in the forest industry. Over the next few years, more jobs will continue to open up, and I encourage all young people to consider working in the woods,” Thomson said.
This year’s scholarship winners both plan to work in the forest industry when they graduate. They both grew up in the industry – Feniak’s dad was a tugboat operator and Wiersma’s grandfather was a logging camp medic.
The two $5,000 scholarships, created last year, are jointly funded by the Truck Loggers Association and Chevron Canada.