CALGARY, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ - 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."
About West Moberly First Nations
The community is located at the west end of Moberly Lake, approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Fort St. John, British Columbia. It has one reserve situated on 2033.6 hectares and vast traditional lands that have a lasting historical presence in the area. For more information, please visit http://www.treaty8.bc.ca/communities/westmoberly.php
About Tarpon Energy Services Ltd.
Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. is a leading supplier of electrical and instrumentation services, control systems and steel building solutions. We provide a comprehensive range of services worldwide from design and engineering to project management, construction, commissioning and maintenance. With an extensive network of locations and a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, Tarpon's best-in-class service is unparalleled. We have built a solid reputation for safety, quality, reliability and technical expertise that our clients have come to expect. For more information, please visit www.tarponenergy.com
About Impact Society
Impact Society is a leader in youth development and has helped over 150,000 youth across Canada discover their strengths, make good choices, and build strong character. Impact Society offers HEROES®, a nation-wide experiential-learning program that works to create positive outcomes for youth, by building the characteristics that contribute to their ability to have greater resilience. Studies show that youth who know who they are and where they are going do better in school and life. HEROES® and Impact Society's other related programs are made available to youth through schools, community agencies, local police services, and other partnerships. For more information, please visit www.impactsociety.com
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