I was born and raised on a farm in Paddockwood, Sk. And moved to La Ronge with my family when I was 13. I have learned most of my skills from my dad (John Merriman) who was no stranger to work and life in the north. He began in the north hauling freight with a cat and sleighs in the 1930’s travelling from Prince Albert to Stanley Mission and Southend Reindeer on ice and bush trails which would take him roughly three months – stopping at La Ronge, Stanley Mission, Southend, hauling furs on his return. In the summer of those years, they built the first road to La Ronge until war time, then he went to war. He brought the first skid steer to La Ronge in August of 1972.
I began running equipment at the age of 14 skipping school when necessary and decided at 16 I would join the working world. I worked for Highways running equipment and Brown Construction digging basements. During the 70’s and 80’s I worked for DNS construction building the Pinehouse/Beauval, Stanley Mission, Uranium City roads. I was a core splitter in the first ever KeyLake tent camp(Uranus Corp). I have over 9000 finishing operator hours on grader and Road construction.
I spent 17 years working for Cameco Corp. in the bush as an equipment operator and exploration camp manager. On my weeks out I was doing some landscaping and driveway clearing work on the side, so it just made sense to start my own business. My wife and I started the company of Little Rock in 1999 and it has remained family owned and operated since. Two of our kids and father in-law all work for us. We expanded our company in 2005 to incorporate expediting and exploration camps – the division of M.A.R.S.H. was created taking the initials of our 5 children (Monica, Amber, Ryan, Sheldon, and Heidi).
Family is one of my greatest treasures and being able to work alongside them is a dream come true.