Edward first entered the CSETS Bladerunners Program in January 2008 for pre-carpentry intake held in Duncan. He had just made the maximum age requirement as he was turning 30 when he first entered the program. He was considered disabled as he was dyslexic and having a hard time succeeding in any academic area as a result. CSETS and Edward’s band was able to purchase software to assist him in reading and spelling. From there he started to excel at everything he did.
His motivation and ambition grew to a strong desire to attain his carpentry certification. He said to the program coordinator, “Glenn, I want to be a carpenter and I’m going to do it.” Later, Edward received assistance with registering in the Vancouver Island University’s Carpentry Level 1 apprenticeship program. He was one of many BladeRunners who partook of the Aboriginal Construction Trades Program. Edward was one of the CSETS singers; everyday CSETS had an opening prayer song he was often called to sing. Edward was often seen in the library after class, working on his carpentry assignments and readings, and utilizing the tutorial assistant services.
Upon his successful completion of first year carpentry, he was sought by three different construction companies. Edward chose Pine Ridge Construction Ltd. and hasn’t looked back.
“Bladerunners helped me get started on the right path and made sure I stayed on it. They showed me what I needed to do and gave me the inspiration I needed to get my first year carpentry completed. It was tough, but it was worth it.”