This is the Jerry Mainil Ltd. shop in Weyburn. The company could use several more workers to put more iron into the field. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

Could helping Ukrainian refugees be part of the solution?

WEYBURN – Like many other oilfield service companies, Jerry Mainil Ltd of Weyburn is looking for workers. Quite a few, actually.

CEO Darcy McCormick said on July 4 they could use ten.

They’re busy. “It’s going good,” he said.

“We’re really having trouble finding any quality type of people, even green people. I don’t know what’s the problem with finding people in this industry right now.”

“If I had another 10 people, I’d probably have another 10 pieces of equipment going.”

They need equipment operators, crew foremen and labourers.

“We’ve had some good laborers come in. But crew foreman, operators, it’s been a tough thing trying to find them,” McCormick said.

“Not just this industry, but all industries. I’m talking to people and I hear the same story from them. Not just in Canada. It’s kind of like a global pandemic, or epidemic. Where did they go? Did we lose them in because of COVID? We didn’t lose that many people because of COVID.”

The COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age. McCormick thinks that took a lot of the Boomers out of the workforce. “Anybody that was close (to retirement), they’re just gone. They found a way to adapt their living situation, their current income statues. They’ve adapted now to other lifestyles.”

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As for wages, he said, “We start people anywhere from low $20s to mid-$40s kind of thing, depending on experience and depending on the position and skills they bring to the table. But yeah, it’s very competitive.”

Ukrainian refugees

That has McCormick looking at another possible source of employees – Ukrainian refugees. With the United Nations Refugee Agency now reporting more that 4.8 million refugees from the Ukraine war and a further 7.1 million internally displaced people within Ukraine, there are a lot of people looking for a safe place to live, and work.

And one of the best ways to help people in need is to provide them with a job, so they can help themselves.

McCormick is exploring working with the Sunflower Network, a small group of mostly Saskatchewan people, most of whom are in business, working to assist Ukrainian refugees. Several contributors with Pipeline Online, including columnists Steve Halabura (founder of the Sunflower Network), Brian Crossman and editor Brian Zinchuk are involved. The group has already helped seven families totalling 26 people to date, with Estevan and Martensville being where most have ended up so far.

When Pipeline Online spoke to McCormick again on July 6, he was working with the Sunflower Network on bringing over a family of seven, finding work and housing for them. Hopefully some members of that family might find work with Jerry Mainil Ltd. They are expected within a few weeks.

It’s a matter close to his heart, as McCormick was a soldier in the Canadian Army and in one of the first groups that deployed to Bosnia in the 1990s, when that war was very heavily engaged.

“I’ve been wanting to do something for a while,” he said on July 6. “Out of a lot of people, I’ve probably got the closest experience to understanding what they’ve gone through. I’ve seen it firsthand.

“I was a member of the second group of Canadians into Bosnia.

“I’ve seen the death, hatred, the explosions. I didn’t live their side. I saw what it could do firsthand, and how horrible it is.”

So he’s working on arranging possible employment, not just at their firm, but other places in Weyburn.

If you want to assist this group coming to Weyburn, contact the Sunflower Network at SunflowerNetwork.ca

 

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  • 0033 Buffalo Potash Jared Small Footprint
  • 0032 IWS Summer hiring rock trailer music
  • 0029 Latus Viro updated Latus phone
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  • 0025 Kendalls
  • 0026 Buffalo Potash Quinton Salt
  • 0023 LC Trucking tractor picker hiring mix
  • 0022 Grimes winter hiring
  • 0021 OSY Rentals S8 Promo
  • 0019 Jerry Mainil Ltd hiring dugout
  • 0018 IWS Hiring Royal Summer
  • 0014 Buffalo Potash What if PO
  • 0013 Panther Drilling PO ad 03 top drive rigs
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  • 0004 Royal Helium PO Ad 02
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