Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, QC
As a Volunteer Firefighter and Building Inspector for his community, Corey has been striving to find the best solutions for the Akwesasne community. For him, one of these solutions will be clean and efficient energy. The 20/20 Catalyst program was brought to his attention through the Economic Department with Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) as project lead in the Aboriginal Conservation Program (ACP), implemented in Akwesasne in 2015 and delivered by First Nations Engineers Services Limited (FNESL). This program was a huge success for qualified community members of Akwesasne. With the ACP, they were able to provide energy-efficient appliances and add insulation to over 200 homes to reduce the energy bills. The amount of teamwork involved to accomplish this task due to time constraints was astonishing. Some of his roles were: holding community meetings, scheduling radio talk shows, and aide in the community launch of the program.
Corey obtained a Diploma in Home Inspection through the Academy of Learning College in Cornwall; this was a two-year program studying with Carson Dunlop and mentors. He has been the Building Inspector for MCA since 2013. Since then, he has taken many other training courses for continuing education, such as Building Code courses from Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA). This includes House 2012, Legal Process for Building Officials, On-site Sewage Systems 2012, and Residential Plumbing Inspection. With his knowledge of the home and all installed components, he believes that the Catalyst program was a good fit for himself and the Akwesasne community.
“Our culture and restoration are critical in regaining values that have been slipping away over the many years. I have three children, a 21-year-old daughter, a 17-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter. My children were raised with their culture and language. As our culture promotes the future of the next seven generations, Akwesasne can only benefit from alternative clean energy. It would be an honour to be part of the implementing process for clean energy for the Akwesasne community.”