Long-term employment opportunities and community enhancements are just some of the benefits of a new partnership announced between West Moberly First Nations and Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. The joint venture, named ‘Tarpon WestMo Services Ltd.’, will supply electrical and instrumentation services, controls systems and steel building solutions to the energy sector in northeastern British Columbia. The agreement also includes community investment initiatives focused largely on youth.
“This joint venture aims to create new opportunities for the Nation and help Tarpon market its services and expand its presence in the West Moberly area,” said John Henry, President & CEO of Tarpon Energy Services. “We look forward to building mutually beneficial relationships and conducting business in a way that supports, strengthens and includes the traditional values and approaches of the West Moberly community.”
“We are always looking for ways to advance our Nation and provide industry with opportunities to get involved with WestMo,” said Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations. “Through the joint venture with Tarpon, we will benefit from the long-term employment, training and community development initiatives.”
As part of the joint-venture agreement, Tarpon has engaged Impact Society, a non-profit organization, to develop a customized community enrichment plan for West Moberly First Nations. The plan focuses on helping community members, especially youth, understand and develop the strengths, skills and abilities necessary for the betterment of their lives and future generations. Willson also expressed excitement about working with the local school district to bring Impact Society’s programs into the classroom. “Talk about effecting change,” said Willson. “The pebble has been thrown and the ripples are commencing.”
Tarpon has been involved with Impact Society since 2005 to make a positive difference in the lives of youth by providing them with the tools and resources to make good decisions. “We want to emphasize to youth the importance of staying in school so they can qualify and take advantage of the many apprenticeship and trade opportunities we have to offer,” said Henry. “With ongoing labour shortages in the energy sector, the need for skilled tradespeople will be critical in sustaining economic growth.”