Annual banquet provides opportunity to praise training efforts
AT THE LOCAL 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) 36th annual banquet, held Jan. 30 at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel, members of all ranks — from entry-level apprentices to retirees with over 55 years of service — celebrated their love for the union by honoring members earning service pins, graduating apprentices, and top-level apprentices.
Finishing the year at the top of their class are Boilermaker top graduate apprentice Geoffrey Moore, welder top graduate apprentice Jose Alvarez Rocha, Boilermaker second- and third-year top apprentice Aslan Bouzaid, Boilermaker first-year top apprentice Chris Thoms, welder second-year top apprentice Erin Zier, and welder first-year top apprentice Elmer Kerry.
According to L-146 apprentice coordinator Allan Belter, Local 146 offers two very different types of apprenticeship programs, both of three-year duration. Their Boilermaker apprenticeship program, similar to what is found in the United States, covers a variety of skills. Their welding program provides graduates with a “welder” journeyperson status. Belter says most members do one apprenticeship or the other, but some graduate apprentices have gone on to complete both programs.
Recent graduates of the Local 146 Boilermaker apprenticeship program include Cody Allen, Basil Babineau, Sheldon Bratland, Travis Brochu, Donald Gagne, Robert Hawkins, Chris Jeffrey, Philip Kelly, Miles Klatt, Ryan Lanning, Michael MacDonald, Daniel Maes, Michael Manfield, Rod McPherson, Dale Mercredi, Paul Miller, Ryland Morgensen, Christian Salazar, Ricky Sens, Richard Tabor, and Terry Vanhill.
Recent graduates of the Local 146 welder apprenticeship program include Atef Abelhai, Marei Al-Moufleh, Stephen Androschuk, Lain Anthony, Chris Armstrong, John Bower, Bruno Casavant, Jeremie Chamberland, Matthew Clark, Nick Coffey, Jeff Coole, Dave Cormier, Murat Demircioglu, Jared Dreher, Graham Ellerman, Ryan Fedak, Kyle Fill, Donald Fisher, Dave Foell, Fahd Foutih, Dillin Fraser, Scott Fraser, Jennifer Freeman, Scott Gibb, Mark Gillis, Aaron Gow, Michael Gulyas, Kristen Hache, John Haggarty, Nathan Halisheff, Bradley Hantlemann, Matt Hartwick, Kyle Heard, Tyler Hermanson, Matthew Hoddinott, Dorian House, Roland Jackson, Robert Jarvis, Jeremy Kadach, Nicholas Labelle, Kaia Lamothe, Sebastien Landry, Albert Legary, Damnjan Lekic, Troy Lewis, Justin Lloyd, Darren Lukacs, Jeff Macaskill, Matthew Macdermott, Glen MacDonald, Eric Mackay, Richard MacLean, Tanya Manship, John Mascioli, Evan Mattie, Chad McKinnon, Matthew McLaughlin, Ian McLeod, Mike McMonagle, Timothy Megson, Cody Melloy, Ricardo Miraballes, Daniel New, Huy Nguyen, Collin Nicholson, Gordon O’Brien, Jonathan O’Donnell, Darcy Oladele, Michael O’Soup-Rocheleau, Dafydd Phillips, Ben Poloski, Clayton Radomske, Sean Ramsey, Max Rice, Justin Rikihana, Daniel Roseberg, Rodney Rutter, John Sampson, Jeffrey Singleton, Pascuale (Pat) Siracusa, Richard Starzynski, Michael Stevenson, Brett Sticklemier, Travis Stroshin, Rene Vega, Nick Wawia, Graham Weatherbee, and Kyle Westgard.
Local 146, a shop and construction lodge, was chartered in 1948.