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Update for the West Coast: Got Shorts and a Rain Coat?
By John Beaton
Every year is different and every year remains the same. We all work, we all have friends and family, and we all have goals and dreams. A select few of us come together for a brief moment in time here in Western Canada, burning calories and candles at both ends, reveling and struggling with our resolve in each day’s effort. We marvel together at having expended enough energy to make a sprint of marathon sized dinners, and sprint each night through our meal to an empty plate and a hot shower.
I have had the pleasure of working in the field for many years with my friends at Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., admiring and struggling with and being swept into the artwork that unfolds in the daily grind. It is beautiful and raw; a train wreck filled with delicate flowers and sharpened blades. It is a truly serendipitous smorgasbord of cross sectioning borders and cultures, ideas and ideals, and determined grit and eager zeal. To be fair it’s also a bit of a meat grinder at times, so please do read the fine print and keep your fingers and toes behind the yellow lines at all times. It will be a delightfully bumpy ride.
I now have the pleasure of continuing to work with these fine souls from my home in Cumberland. I coordinate projects as best I can, in a land that makes no promises—except perhaps that you will never say you were bored. Just about every other emotion will come your way, but if you are bored in the lands we call home, than perhaps parachuting sans le parachute may be more up your alley. If so, good luck and Godspeed.
One of the first acts of 2015 as a company and as friends, was to come together in beautiful Cowichan Lake for four days of companionship, meetings and training. Four days of sharing and learning, connecting and re-connecting. Of all my years working here this was a highlight for me as it truly displayed the commitment and depth of character in a very positive light, a moment of recognition, appreciation and growth.
For almost all of our 2015 western season we have secured direct award work. This speaks volumes to the collective and individual efforts to do our work well and make a difference in ways that are recognized. My hat goes off and my head tips. Thank you and congratulations on being part of this achievement.
It is our collective and considerable efforts—these long days spent doing more for less, and adapting to circumstances beyond our control—that puts us ahead. We are all left facing having to evolve rapidly, or fall to the sidelines, much like it has always been. Every day that passes the rate of change increases, the reality of our situations demands new solutions to be formed from old resolve. We may sometimes feel longingly for glory days, feeling as though in the industry today we are stuck in the headlights. We are left hoping that the brightness is a sign of a lighter time to return, of more for less; not less for more. Were it so! May it be!
However knowing this will not deter our resolve; for we are all in this together. Those who have stayed have stayed for a reason. When we fall down we know how to stand, when we are pushed we bounce back. We know that to do any less is unacceptable. We will stand regardless.
So cheers my friends, and I hope to see you next year as well!