Monday, August 4, 2008

Cam's Greed Crew

Jennifer Foster 27
Jen was a high-production foreman at Celtic Reforestation, whose season was cut short by their inability to acquire a summer contract; who had to make the transition to planter at Rhino. She is unbelievably driven on the block, never allowing herself a cache break, and setting an uncomfortably fast pace for the rest of us to follow. She lives in Edmonton, and has probably impressed the hell out of anyone she has ever worked with or for.

Alexis Darrisse 24
Learned to speak English in his five seasons planting trees in BC. In the off season, he taught physics to high-schoolers. He has worked for Jen for the past two years, highballing her crew at Celtic, and boasts of being the company's safest driver. Alexis' humor gravitates towards the the archetype of the well meaning but embarrassing father figure - he is humble and sensitive and probably a great person to hug.

Adam Babiak 22
Adam is a second year planter from Toronto. He keeps to himself in camp and in the Van, witness to the endless jesting and performing of his colleagues with clear eyes and quiet brooding. He polices his health vigorously using a complicated mixture of vitamins, tonics, and protein beverages - all of which he is happy to share.

Chris Montagner 25
Chris is a comedian, a writer, and a proud transient with a pretty positive outlook on planting. One day, after work, we were waiting to be picked up by a helicopter and he broke it down to me: "I've just always felt like I belonged here. The first year I came out, I was like these are my people. this is where they have been all along. out here in the woods."

Cam Stewart 31
This is the foreman. He has spent the better part of the last ten years in bush camps, once working a 200 day planting season. Like Jen, Cam can be described as hard-core, though Cam is more of a cowboy with a fly by the seat of his pants managerial style. He is happiest when in motion, functioning best with a solid purpose and a little stress - he always wants to work on the day off.

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