Our People

Our People Inspire: Meet Pete T

Kalesnikoff sawmill employee at work

Here at Kalesnikoff, not only do we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource – they are also pretty cool individuals, each with their own story to tell. They are the people who inspire us and make what we do possible.

Today’s team feature is a big one! Pete is celebrating 30 years with our team this year and we couldn’t be more grateful for him and all he has done for our company. Not only is Pete good at what he does, he is also very involved with company events and is always willing to lend a hand, especially when it comes to our annual golf tournament.

We recently had a chat with Pete and let him know we’d love to showcase him on our blog. He agreed, and his only request? “No bad pictures”.

So, here’s to you, Pete! Thank you for all of your hard work and for always going way beyond your job description. You are very much appreciated.

Q: 30 years is a long time. What is it about our company that appeals to you so much?

A: Honestly, I never thought I would be with one company this long. The wage is competitive, the commute is short, some of my coworkers are friends for life, and the Kalesnikoff family treats me like family.

Q: Not only have you been a long-term employee, you’ve also been a huge asset to the company in terms of involvement. Can you explain a little more about the extra help you’ve provided to the company?

A: Helping people is something I’ve had instilled in me since I was a little kid. If I’m asked to help, I’m usually there.  As for the golf tournament, it all started as a discussion in the lunchroom between myself and a few other guys many years ago. I took it upon myself to approach Ken to see if he’d be interested in having one. He gave me the green light and I started coordinating with the warehouse workers to reach out to our suppliers for donations. I booked the golf course and the rest is history.

We’ve also started fundraising at the tournament. Initially, it was to help out fellow employees who were dealing with personal issues. Now, it’s progressed to raising thousands of dollars for various causes in the community.

Q: How long have you been helping to plan and organize the annual golf tournament?

A: I think the first tournament was in 1993 or 1994 – it’s too far back that I can’t quite remember. It was held at the Castlegar golf course.

Q: In your opinion, what makes Kalesnikoff a unique place to work?

A: The way the company keeps their employees working, when there may be log shortages or poor market conditions. They always try to find often. We’re very fortunate here.

Q: What is your favourite part about your job?

A: I’d have to say that it’s the people I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. Some bonds were made that will last my lifetime.

Q:What do you love most about the Kootenays?

A: I was born in Castlegar and raised in Thrums. The Kootenays will always be my home. I can’t see myself living anywhere else. Even though I don’t do enough of them, I really enjoy camping, fishing, golfing and bowling.