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Driller scholarship established to honour BCGWA member and mentor


January 27, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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Abbotsford, B.C. – A new scholarship honouring the life, work and mentorship of Richard Reid will help support training for drillers in British Columbia.

On behalf of Omega Environmental Drilling of the Greater Vancouver Area, the BCGWA announced The Richard Charles Reid Memorial Scholarship to support a driller to attend training at the BCGWA’s annual convention.

“We were deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our very best friend and colleague Richard (Rick) Charles Reid on Jan. 27, 2020,” said Omega Environmental Drilling in a statement.

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From Omega Drilling: “Rick dedicated his life to the environmental and geotechnical drilling industry. He worked tirelessly and always with a smile. Anyone that had the pleasure to work with Rick absolutely loved him for not only his knowledge and expertise but his good heart and kindness to everyone. In this capacity he mentored and supported every young driller that was lucky enough to work alongside him. He always loved to share and pass on his knowledge and talent to his younger co-workers. His impact had a ripple effect on helping drillers pursue their career path in this industry.”

Rick co-founded Omega Drilling in 2008. The company, which is based out of Pitt Meadows B.C., is honouring the life and work of Richard Reid by sponsoring the Richard Charles Reid Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship will provide funding for one driller to attend the BCGWA’s Drillers Course (held biannually) beginning at the BCGWA’s annual convention in 2022. Further details about the scholarship will be made available in 2022 and on the British Columbia Ground Water Association website.