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Soldiers’ Tree placement brings forth a flood of stories 0

Soldiers’ Tree placement brings forth a flood of stories

It has already become more than a monument. It has become a catalyst for a community with stories to tell. For Darren Jones, a directional driller for an Alberta-based rig company, the Soldiers Tree became a labour of love as he used his expert skills with a chainsaw to craft the civic monument that now sits properly on the lawn at the Estevan courthouse. For those who served in the military in the Second World War, the Soldiers Tree evokes memories of friends and battles lost and won in the most difficult of conditions. For the general population of Estevan, it s a point of pride and an on switch for a flood of stories about friends and relatives who served in the military. Lester and I met at a rig outside Estevan, said Jones, recalling the start of the project that would take up a good part of his life for a year. He was referring to local trucker Lester Hinzman who, when he learned the skills Jones had with a chainsaw, led him to a huge 100-year-old cottonwood tree located on the property once owned by the Pawson family who operated a large vegetable market, in the valley on the southern edge of the city. Jones saw promise in the huge tree, and, fueled by Hinzman s eagerness to get the story of military sacrifices out into the public eye, he got to work in his spare time. While I was working on it, there would be visitors coming down all the time. They would tell me how they used to climb the tree as youngsters, or something about the market. I saw how this thing was actually drawing a community together and the carving became just a small part, said Jones speaking at the Soldiers Tree dedication ceremony on Sept. 10. Really, this is your story, he said, sweeping his arm toward the monument and looking at the audience of over 1,500 people who had gathered for the special occasion. Jones paid tribute to Hinzman who was in the audience, sharing the moment. Jones said he was constantly reminded by Hinzman that the military sacrifices needed to be depicted, which he hoped he had been able to do. Cherish your freedom, he said. Later, during an interview with Lifestyles, Jones said the actual chainsaw sculpturing took about 18 days. Those were 12-hour days, since he wanted to maximize the time with the donated equipment from local businesses. An additional two weeks were put into building a couple of park benches, sculpted from B.C. trees, also using a Canadian military theme that included the image of currently serving army officer MWO Ivan Finstad, a former Estevan resident. Finstand was in the crowd too, part of the PPCLI honour guard that paraded to the monument from the Estevan Legion that morning. Also making his way to the monument was 96-year-old W.B. (Barry) Needham, formerly of Wynyard, Sask., now living in Regina, who said he had to make the trip with his daughter Debra once he heard that a flypast was being staged, using a Second World War Spitfire fighter plane, the same model that he had piloted in battles over England and France in that war, before he was shot down while strafing a German supply train. He was taken as a prisoner and was later liberated by Allied forces near the end of the war. The monument and the ceremony evoked a tear or two from this first-time visitor to the site as well, just as it may have for Finstad and Hinzman and hundreds of others who have made their way to the tree. Chainsaw sculpting came naturally to Jones, he said with a smile. I grew up in Rimbey, and as a kid, I was given a chainsaw so I could go out and get firewood. He was also developing skills as a visual artist, doing some paintings on canvas, so the transfer of talents were pretty obvious for him. I would create images in my painting and then carve them out of wood too, he said. I think I got Mr. Finstad pretty well, just from a photo his father provided. I hope he agrees a little bit at least, he said with a laugh. Jones has another chainsaw work of art in that former hometown of Rimbey. It too, sits in a primary spot in the community, a 12 foot tribute called The Traveler, made from wood from the tamarack family of trees and donated to a Rimby park in time for that community s 100th anniversary in 2002. I never knew Lester before I met him at the rig site, and we shared stories and he said he had this tree to show me and it just went from there. We had some rain early on so that held us up. I believe a lot of the tribute is based on a story from Lester s dad, but there are a lot of stories to be told around this tree, as you know. Jones went on to say, I got close to Ivan Finstad, even though I never met him. You carve these images and it starts to touch your soul. I am creating something in my mind and I am only depicting something I see while I m working, but when it s finished well, I guess it s about respect. You guys rallied around and I got such great support. Let me tell you, just getting a bucket truck a couple of times, cut the work time in half. That s just one example. You have a very generous community here. It seems so. It seems to be a community that cares. Copyright 2016 Estevan Mercury

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Professionals of the Future Train … 0

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Professionals of the Future Train …

From IT to Truck Driving – Instruction is Essential for All Aspirants AUSTRIA EUROPE At the beginning of this month 60 young people began their careers at Gebr der Weiss [1] in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Their chosen careers included freight forwarding agent, operational logistics specialist, IT specialist and truck driver. Some 200 instructors specialising in youth training are in action at Gebr der Weiss, coaching the trainees during their three and four year training periods. Training is taken very seriously by the company and an indication that a traineeship at Gebr der Weiss means more than just training is demonstrated by the internal Trainee Camp that is held every year, also at the beginning of September. Only trainees in their third or final year of training can take part in this event. In addition to extensive specialised practical training, personal development is also a main focus of the traineeships. Ensuring that the young people are fully integrated into the company enhances their career prospects. With the motto ‘Gebr der Weiss trainee today Gebr der Weiss employee tomorrow’, 65 trainees from Austria, Germany and Switzerland this year spent a week together in the Pongau region of Salzburg. The programme included joint workshops, specialised input and outdoor team-building activities plus an important fixed part of the course, the Management Dialogue session, as Helmut Sch pf, Head of Central Human Resources Development at Gebr der Weiss explains: “The Gebr der Weiss trainee camp is a real highlight of their traineeship. The week spent together not only creates bonds but also heightens the trainees’ awareness of their own potential, their career ambitions and other opportunities. Representatives from our management team talk about their work and answer the young people’s questions. This is very important to us, listening, mentoring and achieving things together. “Training is extremely important for us at Gebr der Weiss. Well-trained employees who are committed to their work and feel at ease in the company form one of the keys to our business success. We know this and consistently gear our training activities towards achieving this goal.” Photo: Highlight of the apprenticeship: 65 trainees spent a week together in the Pongau region of Salzburg at the Gebr der Weiss Trainee camp. References ^ Gebr der Weiss (