SHEET METAL INDUSTRY HONOURS RETIRING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The invitation read retirement party. To hear the guest of honour speak, there certainly was room for interpretation.
“I don’t really fish or golf – well”, says Wayne Peterson, the outgoing Executive Director of the Ontario Sheet Metal Contractors Association , Toronto Sheet Metal Contractors Association and Treasurer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat Board of Directors. “I might have to find another job”.
The accolades flowed freely all night long as more than 100 friends, family and colleagues – past and present – gathered at LA Primavera Hospitality and Convention Centre in Vaughan on September 22nd. A who’s-who of the sheet metal industry and labour attended, highlighted with remarks by Kevin Flynn(@MPPKevinFlynn) Minister, Ontario Ministry of Labour.
All those who spoke to the gathering used words such as commitment, integrity and dedication.
OCS CEO Sean Strickland described Wayne as “fair-minded, trustworthy and hardworking”. Others were unanimous in their tributes, saying Wayne made a difference in the industry and the legacy he leaves behind will not be forgotten.
Among the gifts Wayne received last night was a sheet metal locomotive presented by Scott Wood of the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre and the Directors of the Provincial Training Trust Fund.
Also speaking to the invited guests was Harry Vogt, Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Ontario Sheet Metal Contractors Association. He described Wayne as an integral contributor to the distinct development of the culture that has characterized the OSMCA.
“Wayne Peterson has been an integral contributor to the distinct development of the culture that has characterized the OSMCA”, says Harry Vogt, Treasurer for the Board of Directors. “Through his leadership we were able to build stronger and respected relationships between labour and management. His empathy demonstrated that he cared and that built engagement, better productivity, people became more motivated and more dedicated to the OSMCA. Wayne instilled faith and pride into our organization which provided limitless opportunities for everyone involved”.
After all the speakers, it was Wayne’s turn. He thanked all of the members of the Ontario Sheet Metal Contractors Association for their support over the past 18 years. He said his position was both very rewarding and challenging, but he acknowledged he enjoyed the job.
Now on the outside looking in, Wayne said that Ontario Sheet Metal (OSM) is unique among Provincial Contractor’s Associations. He described OSM as a cohesive group working for the betterment of the industry.
Inset: PHOTO 1 (LEFT) – L to R – OCS Board members, Tim Fenton, Wayne Peterson, OCS Chief Executive Officer Sean Strickland, OCS President Joe Keyes. PHOTO 2 (RIGHT) – L to R – OCS Board members, Peter Simpson, Jerry Meadows, OCS Chief Executive Officer Sean Strickland, Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, OCS President Joe Keyes, OCS Board member Don Marks. Photos from the Wayne Peterson Retirement Dinner and Ceremony on September 22nd, 2016.
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