Day of Mourning

On April 28th at 10:30am, Farmer Construction will bring all workers together at our various work sites to pause for a moment of silence to honor and remember co-workers and family members who were injured, made sick or killed because of something that happened at work.
Workplace injuries and illnesses claimed the lives of 161 BC workers last year (2021). This is 10 more than reported in 2020.
Every injury, disease, or death serves as a powerful reminder that employers have an important responsibility to ensure that all workplaces in BC are healthy and safe. With each worker tragedy there are loved ones, family members, friends and co-workers who are directly affected, left behind, and deeply impacted – their lives.
Day of Mourning is a day to reflect and honour the memory of those who lost their lives on the job, as well as an opportunity to talk to each other and renew our commitment to workplace safety.
We all have a responsibility to keep our workplace safe year-round and to make sure everyone goes home safe and healthy at the end of the day. Let’s all take a stand for safety!

Victoria Press Milestone

A milestone was reached today at Victoria Press!  6,500 sq.ft. of deck was poured of level 3 thanks to all the hard work by all the staff!  KUDOS to everyone for their efforts!

~ submitted by Angus Scott-Moncrieff


Employee Profile – James Lumsden

“Hi, my name is James. I am set to take my Level 1 school coming up soon. I’ve been working with Farmer Construction for five months at the Pearl Project. My knowledge so far comes from working on multiple sites during my apprenticeship at Stelly’s Secondary. What I love about carpentry Is seeing the finished product and knowing I had a hand in that and now people are working and living in what I helped build. I need to do what I love; I want to be financially comfortable and have something to show for or pass on to future generation to look up to!

Working for Farmer Construction so far has been great, everyone keeps telling me that I’m a good worker.

When I was missing days due to relying on ride sources, Farmer Construction helped put me back on the right track which I really appreciate because it was something I needed.

“Fear is part of the process… Face it and Just Go For it!”

– James


Employee Profile – Darian Zeinstra

“Hi, my name is Darian Zeinstra, and I am a 3rd Year apprentice and have been working for Farmer Construction since 2019. My Favorite part about being a carpenter is being able to work with my hands all day and being able to do a project start to finish and getting to see the completed project that I built myself. My goals are to complete my carpentry apprenticeship and to become a great carpenter and pass my knowledge to the future generations. I look forward to trying all aspects of carpentry and stick with the one that’s the right fit for me. Working with Farmer Construction has been a great experience they have given me a lot of opportunities and I have learnt a lot of great skills.

“Do not underestimate what you are capable of achieving.”

– Darian

Employee Profile – Karen Parkinsons

Hi! My name is Karen and I have been in the trades for 7 ½ years. I am an Apprentice Carpenter. My Favorite thing about being a carpenter is it keeps me very active. Farmer is a great company to work for they have great incentives, and they care about family. My Future goal is to get into the safety side of the company. For any women looking to get into the trade I say “Advocate for yourself! And do not sweat the narrow-minded people.”

– Karen

Employee Profile – Kelly Mlakar

“Hi my name is Kelly, I’ve been in the trades for 33 years and started as an apprentice carpenter. I worked my way up to general superintendent, but prefer the safety aspect of my trade, so with additional training, I was able to acquire my NCSO and Occupational Health and Safety. For the last 5 years, my job title has been Site Construction Safety Officer. My favorite part of being a carpenter is being able look at a set of plans and visualizing the finish product. It took many years to acquire this skill but seeing beyond what is in front of you is exhilarating and once it’s completed, I feel a sense of pride knowing I helped take part in building it. One thing for sure, is no 2 days are ever the same, so boredom never sets in and I get a free work out! My experience with Farmer has taught me that they genuinely care about everyone and their safety not just at work, but their personal lives as well. The people who work here are not just numbers, they’re family and they look out for each other. They also provide excellent training and educational opportunities to help advance your careers and are proving to be one of the top leaders in this industry. For women that are considering getting into the trades, do well in math and finish high school. This will open many doors, not just in carpentry but so many other areas in the trades. The reason I got into the trades is I’m an active person with a lot of energy and this has been one of my biggest assets. The reason I stayed in the trades. “I love the challenge of working hard and the satisfaction of providing a good income for my family.”

– Kelly

Employee Profile – Raven Eagleye

“Hello, my name is Raven Eagleye, I have been a Journeyman carpenter for 6 years. One of my favorite parts about being a carpenter is when I drive by a previous job I worked on I can tell the people around me what I did to contribute to the build on that building and be proud of it. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. “I am leaving a legacy that I can be proud of”. Farmer Construction is the best company I have ever worked for, they are very encouraging, and I think this is a great company for young people to start and build a career with. The Supervisors are all amazing, the best people I could ask to work for. This job gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment and it really helps build up your self-confidence. To women wanting to get into the trade just remember – “we are capable of way more than we think.

– Raven

Employee Profile – Kierra Cattleman

“Hi! my name is Keirra Cattleman and I have been working for Farmer for 10 months. I am currently working at the Pexsisen Elementary and Centre Mountain Lellum Schools Project in Langford.

My favorite part about being a carpenter is learning something new everyday, furthering my growth as a worker and learning from my mistakes.”

“Always do what makes you happy and do not let anyone get in the way of where you want to be in life.”

– Keirra

Employee Profile – Kira Petrowsky

“Hey there, my name is Kira Petrowsky, I have been working for a year doing carpentry. I was quite nervous giving another shot at the trades since my first experience did not go well. I was pleasantly surprised on my first day working with Farmer Construction though, sometimes still, I am caught off guard at times with how well I am treated here. I love learning carpentry since you can see your work during and after creating it, as well as seeing your own personal improvement over time.  I also enjoy the team setting; I like to gain perspective and ideas of how to do something by simply watching or talking to my coworkers. My goal in carpentry is to get my Red Seal!”

– Kira


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Phone: 250.388.5121

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