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  OIL QUEST, WESTERN CANADA, JUNE 23rd, 2006 – DAY 436
 

Caroline, en route pour l'Alberta, 48 heures d'auto

on the go again
After a break of a couple of weeks in Quebec, we grab our backpacks once again. This time however, we leave without our camping equipment. We carry forward the holidays. Work is waiting for us. What? You didn’t think we were millionaires, going around every continent without working, did you?

Caroline, on the road to Alberta, 48 hours of car

another reality catches up with us
Working, not that it’s totally un-enjoyable, but let’s say that it’s essential and part of our means for realizing our dream. Before leaving Quebec, we get in contact with a canvassing oil company in Alberta. We obtain a job without any official interview.

HEalth UPON ALL
To reach our financial goal, we need a well paid job. We also have to live in conditions that allow us to save. Oil exploration permitted us to do so. We say “permitted” because after two weeks of work, we take a new departure. It’s not that the work is unfeasible, in fact, it was less demanding then last year’s tree planting. It was working 13 hours each day, 24 days non-stop that made it difficult. We saw our colleagues extenuated from working sometimes 60 days in a row. Sorry but before money comes our health. So we decide to become rescuers.

Patrick under Alberta’s sun
The helicopter, a mean of transportation used on the job

Patrick sous le soleil des pleines de l'Alberta
Hélicoptère

Formation de secouriste
Patrick being used as a Guinea pig in the
first aid classes

In British Columbia and in Alberta, there’s a law demanding that each working team doing a high risk job and who is located at more than 20 minutes of a hospital center must be assisted by a rescuer. Therefore, oil, forest and mining companies need this kind of staff. We find out that many jobs are available and are well paid too: 175$ to 225$ a day. Besides, our lodging and food are furnished. Above all, it’s a job that really interests us. To obtain this position, we need certifications. So we take a first aid training class of two weeks, plus two classes related to dangerous products.
With luck, we find out that the first aid training is given in a little village called Golden, near Banff. It’s in this little place of the country, surrounded by eternal snow, that we find our childhood friend, Melanie. She offers to share her apartment the time we get our training done.

Caroline and Melanie, childhood friends

Caroline et Mélanie

Paysage de la Colombie-Britannique

Once all the qualifying examination achieved, we distribute around fifty résumés through Alberta and British Columbia. We are now in the region of Dawson’s Creek, on the 55th parallel, right on the beginning of the highway going to Alaska. We are rescuers on oil drilling sites.

A landscape of British Columbia


Because of our work, we live under different roofs and we don’t share our daily life anymore. It will be this way for a 6 months period. It gives us time to be with ourselves. To keep in touch, we leave it in the hands of our century’s wonderful technologies. Since more than a year we were together 24/7. Now, we will have to relearn how to live the routine alone. It was the price to pay for being rescuers. 
 

To finish, we wish you a good day and above all, don’t forget that you’re the only responsible for pursuing your dreams.

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