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I have always been interested in Carpentry even at a very early age. As a kid, I used to go cut wood and was building my own furniture. One of my first jobs at the age of 16 was to build fences and decks. Later I switched to landscaping, no need to mention that physical labour did not bother me. At the age of 26, I packed my bags and went west to Calgary. I started my journey out west by framing new houses. Three month later, I started my own business and watched it grow for 5 years. When I came back to Quebec, it was very hard for me to get some work since my hours were not recognized here, so I started a renovation business, but I couldn’t work on open construction sites. Many doors kept on closing because I didn’t have my cards. This is when at 32 years old I decided to go back to school and get my certification so that the doors that were shut will now be open!!

It has now been 9 months that I have been taking the carpentry course with only 8 weeks left (not that I’m counting!). I have found this course very interesting. This course is given by very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful teachers. Being in the business while following this course, I have stumbled across some problems on some projects, whereas teachers always had time to answer my questions. As for the everyday routine, the office staff always try to come up with some activities to break that routine. I’m glad to have followed the course at CVCEC. I’d like to thank all teachers, Peter, Don, Richard, John, Poya and Jovan. Thanks again for helping me open the doors that were once shut!!

Pascal Lord Vignini – Carpentry student