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Boilermaker and Veteran saves a Life

CARPENTERS’ LOCAL 27 — A crew of volunteers have been spending their Saturdays working on renovations to the MacKenzie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Woodbridge, Ont.
UA members/representatives and Dalas Santavy (front row, center) recognizing IBB’s Ron Simon (front row, left of center) and UA’s Cody Shephard (front row, right of center) for their actions.

Lodge 128 member Ron Simon is being heralded for his part in saving the life of a fellow tradesperson. Brother Simon stepped forward along with UA Local 663 member Cody Shephard to perform CPR on a UA member suffering a serious cardiac event.

With thanks to Ron, Cody, and Shell’s emergency response this fortunate individual is recovering in hospital.

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MacKenzie Legion branch gets facelift from dedicated trades volunteers

CARPENTERS’ LOCAL 27 — A crew of volunteers have been spending their Saturdays working on renovations to the MacKenzie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Woodbridge, Ont.
CARPENTERS’ LOCAL 27 — A crew of volunteers have been spending their Saturdays working on renovations to the MacKenzie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Woodbridge, Ont.

For just about the duration of the pandemic, Mike Humphries and a volunteer crew have been spending many of their Saturdays on renovations to the MacKenzie Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Woodbridge, Ont.

“It’s one of our older Legions that needs a little bit of a facelift and I wanted to do something to help them out,” says Humphries, a business representative of Carpenters’ Local 27 and the union’s liaison for the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program.

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Canadian military veteran praises H2H efforts for enduring pandemic challenges

Sean Massinen, who had 14 years of experience in the military, wanted to launch a new career in carpentry and start thinking about planning a family one day. Helmets to Hardhats Canada helped place the veteran in a trade apprenticeship in Ontario..
Sean Massinen, who had 14 years of experience in the military, wanted to launch a new career in carpentry and start thinking about planning a family one day. Helmets to Hardhats Canada helped place the veteran in a trade apprenticeship in Ontario.

The pandemic has “slowed” the drive by Helmets to Hardhats Canada (H2H) to place Canadian Armed Forces veterans in unionized construction trades, but H2H still managed to refer 30 veterans for possible placement in trade apprenticeships across Canada in February.

Five veterans started placements that month, one of them in B.C. and four in Ontario.

Among those vets was Sean Massinen who had 14 years of experience in the military but wanted to launch a new career and start thinking about planning a family one day.

Joe Maloney, national executive director of H2H, says the pandemic put a stop to a number of H2H duties including its cross-country information seminars on the program. “We had to rely on word of mouth and social media campaigns.”

He says as the weather warms and construction ramps up, H2H organizers expect to see a lot more veteran placements in trade positions.

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Fanshawe’s military-connected students to benefit from new partnership with Helmets to Hardhats

(London, Ontario) – Fanshawe College is proud to announce a new partnership with Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) that will provide the College’s military-connected students with pathways into Canada’s skilled trade industry. H2H is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to assisting veterans who are transitioning from military service into well-paid, highly-skilled second careers in construction and related industries.

As a military-connected College, Fanshawe and H2H will work together to support our veterans, reservists and cadets by providing valuable job opportunities to help rebuild Ontario’s economy through the skilled trades and apprenticeship sectors. H2H has strategic partnerships with national trade unions, providing additional networking opportunities for Fanshawe military-connected students upon graduation.

Fanshawe is the first College in Canada to partner with Helmets to Hardhats. Military-connected graduates will have the opportunity to use the services of H2H to seek skilled trades jobs across Canada.

“Fanshawe College is excited to collaborate with Helmets to Hardhats to create employment opportunities for our military-connected students who will graduate ready to contribute to the economic recovery of their community,” says Darlene O’Neill, Director, Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services, Fanshawe College.

“Helmets to Hardhats looks forward to supporting military veterans, reservists and cadets, supporting the economy and growing the skilled construction trades with military-connected students through our partnership with Fanshawe College,” says Joseph Maloney, Executive Director, Helmets to Hardhats.

This partnership expands Fanshawe’s network of viable employers for our students and will help employers find the best job candidates.

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United Association Local 663 hires Veterans

A local union that’s part of a movement to help military veterans successfully transition into civilian life, is urging other local building trades to join the effort.

Local 663, representing plumbers, steamfitters and welders, is one of several in Canada’s construction industry backing Helmets to Hard Hats, a program that helps veterans find work in the trades.

Ross Tius, business manger for Local 663, said it has already approved six candidates from the program for entry into the union, and he’s challenging other building trades to do the same. “Given the sacrifice they’ve gone through, we owe them some form of respect and allegiance,” Tius said. “I think it’s the right thing to do.” More info here about UA 663


Millwrights Local 2309 design entry program specifically for Veterans

Fantastic news!!! Millwrights 2309 Toronto have designed a 4 week trg specifically for Veterans ! UBC Millwright Local 2309’s Veterans Program (MVP) is a free 4 week training program specially designed for veterans who want to embark on a new career offering exceptional pay and benefits. More info about Local 2309


Holiday Message from Helmets to Hardhats