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A Welder's Tale on Story Net

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Arnim Hector came from the Caribbean to help build Canada.





A Welder's Tale

Recording Date:- 27-02-2013

Storyteller:- Arnim Hector

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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Arnim Hector came from the Caribbean to help build Canada.

"He said, 'You will have to go and learn a trade, because you are too small. You can't work no farm'."

Arnim Hector came from the Caribbean to help build Canada.

Raised by his grandparents, Arnim got his first job at 16 fixing dents in buses. But he was drawn to art of welding, and asked a colleague to introduce him to the torch.

By age 26 he was a master welder with 10 years' experience building oil tanks and drilling platforms for some of the biggest names in the business. Besides jobs in his birth country of Trinidad and Tobago, he had worked on construction crews in Venezuela's Orinoco River and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now a new adventure beckoned: Word was that Canada was in desperate need of skilled tradesmen.

He landed in Montreal in March, 1968 and was working at the Canadian Vickers ship-yard within a week. His wife and children soon followed him to his new home. Arnim watched with pride as his family flourished.

Over the last 45 years, Arnim's trade as a welder has taken him all over Quebec, with stints in the Maritimes, Ontario and the Albertan tar-sands. But Montreal remains his home.

StoryNet spoke with Arnim about some of his more memorable encounters and experiences.

Recorded in Montreal, Qc.