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Our #HerPower Tools program – $150 in tools and coaching for 100 winners – runs un until May 2022, but we wanted to share some stories from our first round of winners!
Meet Ashley Wallbank, a Plumbing Apprentice at Canyon Plumbing & Heating in Calgary, Alberta. Ashley joined a 12-week course that gave her hands-on training in 5 different trades but ended up pursuing a business diploma after high school. It did not end up working out for her.
“I started my apprenticeship at Canyon in plumbing in December and have fallen in love with the skilled trade that is pipe fitting.”
Ashley has worked with amazing people who have been letting her use their tools while she slowly acquires her own as she will be working more independently soon.
We are so happy our #HerPower Tools Program was able to help Ashley get the tools she needs to continue her skilled trades journey!
Megan is a grade 12 student and currently enrolled in the Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Course at Algonquin College in Pembroke.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up until I wired a mini trailer in my auto shop class with my teacher, Mr. Schroeder. Ever since then, I have been working towards being an electrician.”
Megan has completed a co-op at Safeguard Electric in Petawawa and is inspired by her friends to be the best female electrician her small town has ever seen.
“I want to inspire other young girls to work their dream trades jobs and don’t let boys get in the way.”
MacKenzie Orban has been an Electrical Apprentice at Jaytech Electric in Whitehorse, Yukon for the past two years and has been loving every minute of it.
“The work I do has allowed me to become so much more confident and assured in myself. There is so much to learn about electrical and I know that every day I go to work I will be challenged, but that through that I will build skills that will make me an even better tradeswoman.”
Natasha Hua is a Sheet Metal Apprentice at CMJ Sheet Metal in Vancouver, B.C.
Natasha noticed how her brother was always asked to help lift heavy appliances and furniture and always wondered, ”Why not ask me? I can do it too.” She says that kind of attitude is the root of why she wanted to join a trade.
Natasha has a bachelor’s degree in Biology but didn’t like the idea of being at a desk writing research papers most of the time.
“I wanted a job where I could have tangible results, work with my hands, and be compensated fairly. That’s what led me to do what I’m doing now.”
We are so thrilled to follow these young women on their skilled trades journey and hope that you will follow along as well!
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