Hard Work and Commitment
Corey Pigeau - Region 5
Often it takes only a single encounter to change the course of an individual’s life. For 35-year-old Corey Pigeau, a decision to seek the assistance of the MNO did just that. In 2008, Corey approached the MNO and MNOET coordinator, Linda Krause, with a request for funding to enroll in a Residential Building Construction Technician program offered at Canadore College. From the beginning, Corey demonstrated commitment to the program and with the industry in high-demand and job prospects promising, his application for funding was approved. The MNO’s faith in him was dually rewarded, as this determined young man placed in the top five of his class and, perhaps more significantly, discovered a new career.
Corey found employment fresh out of school with PCL Constructors helping to build the new North Bay Mental Health Centre. Sharing the MNO’s faith in Corey’s abilities, they encouraged him to enroll in a civil engineering program at Mohawk College, located in Hamilton, Ontario. A long-time resident of North Bay, Corey was reserved about so big a move, but it was one he was willing to make to realize the potential so many saw in him and he was beginning to finally see in himself. By 2011, Corey was nearing the end of his program and sought assistance from the MNO for his final year of college and, as a testament to his hard work and academic performance, secured no less than two job offers before even completing his program. Now confident in his abilities, Corey chose the opportunity to lead his own team as a construction coordinator for Dufferin Construction, working on the assembly of a new terminal at the Calgary airport. To this day, Corey remains a prime example of someone who took one opportunity that was given to him and, through his own hard work and commitment, transformed it into a life of achievement. ∞