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Connecting to memories through Carpentry

When Francisco Javier Cao first walked through the door of the shop he was working at in Montreal, he caught the smell of pine wood and thought, “This is awesome. This is what I want to do. I want to work in a shop where I can smell wood every time.”

Francisco has always loved carpentry and has good memories of his grandfather teaching him how to use some of the tools back in his home country of Mexico. “He used to live in a different city, so when I used to go and visit him, I’d always go straight to the room where he had his tools. So, I used to spend a lot of time there, watching tools, and then he saw I was interested so he started teaching me.”

“That’s something that I would like to do for a living,” Francisco says, “it was because of that that I started falling in love with carpentry. Francisco wanted to get a job in carpentry, “but in Mexico it’s really hard to do.”

When Francisco was in Mexico, he studied to be an engineer and worked as an engineer. But he decided as a kid that he would like to leave Mexico. At first, he had his eye set on the United States, but when he visited Canada he “fell in love with [the] people” and decided that Canada was the place he wanted to be.

When he came to Canada he saw the opportunity and decided that he was going to pursue his passion of carpentry. He landed the job in Montreal through a friend with a shop that constructed windows and doors. When he came to Calgary he registered with the Trades Training program for Carpentry at Momentum.

“I feel like now I have the tools, so I can support my family and I can get better work, a better job. This is a dream come true.”

Momentum’s Trades Training Program for Carpentry runs October 29, 2018 – April 26, 2019 ! Learn more here.