OYAP Feature Apprentice: Sincere McNab

Photo of a young man in construction wear standing in front of a high rise building.

Sincere McNab, originally from Treaty 4 #88 Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan,   is now a registered apprentice, a member of IUBAC LOCAL 7, and makes his living and his home in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Meet Sincere McNab.  End of the work day at the latest condo project going up in  in the West End of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Last year, Sincere McNab was battling with the pressures of a challenging personal life and struggling to attend school.

Today, Sincere is a Level 1 Apprentice, registered with the union, completing his high school diploma, and working full-time as a Brick and Stone mason.  From a network of partners, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Bellai Brothers Construction Ltd, and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Sincere has received support to continue his education, while taking important first steps towards a career path.  Through his work with Kris Meawasige, Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, Sincere enrolled in the OYAP Pre-apprenticeship program, and is now enjoying the benefits of stable employment and ownership of his education.

“I’m really enjoying (the apprenticeship). It helps me get stronger, and it helps me focus. I can see myself sticking to it and…it makes me feel pretty good.”  -Sincere McNab

The OYAP program helped him earn high school credits on the job.  The CO-OP placement helped him learn the basics of a Skilled Trade.  Sincere’s performance and dedication led directly to full-time work, and an offer of employment with the company.

Sincere’s OYAP journey has had a positive, and stabilizing, impact on his education, financial stability, and personal life.  With the support of the OCDSBXL Network and community partners like Bellai-Brothers Construction Ltd., the experiential learning and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program have helped Sincere McNab turn a story of uncertain futures and challenging circumstance into one of personal accomplishment and success.

For more information, contact OYAP coordinator Conor Kehoe at conor.kehoe(at)ocdsb.ca.

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