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Andrew Fairweather and his family demonstrate a strong commitment to family values.
Irving Oil is committed to families and to the communities in which we operate. That’s why we look to hire people who have similar values. But few people have made the extraordinary commitment to family that our employee, Andrew Fairweather, and his wife, Andrea, have made.
Andrew joined the Irving Oil Saint John Refinery in 1989 as part of the operator training program -- the start of what would become an incredible journey both personally and professionally. A year later he married his wife Andrea and they started a family together.
Shortly after, the couple welcomed two boys into the world, Brandon and Trent, one year apart. Over the next few years the Fairweathers lived happily as a young family, and Andrew’s career at Irving Oil continued to grow.
As Andrew settled into a new position at the refinery, he and his wife decided to continue to grow their family by adopting and fostering children. Over time, they’ve opened their hearts and homes to four young adopted children and twin foster children.
One might think that Andrew and Andrea have their hands full with eight children, ranging from ages 3 to 18, but the couple also owns and operates a small farm with goats, chickens and turkeys, just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick. The extended Fairweather family of ten tends to the farm and Andrea teaches the children from their home.
Given his years of experience and increased responsibility over the years at the refinery, Andrew jokes that he has a degree from “Irving University”, where if you work hard, you will be rewarded. When asked how he manages such a large family and his responsibilities as a Projects Operations Specialist, Andrew says he does it with the help of a family-oriented work environment and a company that encourages maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Back at home, Andrew maintains his position as the “principal” of the Fairweather home school, along with Andrea, as they raise their large and happy family.