Success Stories: Profiles



Brandon Louie is a Red Seal Carpenter and a member of the Sliammon First Nation near Powell River. He started as an apprentice in Aboriginial Skills’s training program, became a Job Coach in 2008 and is now also an assistant instructor in the Carpentry Foundation program. As a Aboriginal Skills Group Job Coach he has worked with employees and employers throughout the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.


Jackie Buffy Bear is from the Siksika Nation in Alberta. She has been a Aboriginal Skills Group client since 2005, progressing from CORE to working on the Canada Line. With her training and experience she quickly went from labourer to excavations lead hand of her new crew. Jackie is currently participating in the Aboriginal Heavy Equipment Operators training program at the Tsawwassen Gateway Skills Centre.


Bernie Phillips received the ITA Top in Trades designation in 2006.

Bernie is a journeyman Carpenter and member of the Lil’wat First Nation in Mount Currie. As a VanAsep job coach, he worked with employees and employers in the Whistler-Pemberton-Mount Currie corridor.

Since starting in early 2006, Bernie has registered and assisted over 150 clients in construction sector careers. Bernie is also an instructor for the Construction Pre-employment program and Carpentry levels 1 and 2.

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