AN ELECTRICIAN FROM REVELSTOKE, B.C.
What does a day in your work life look like?
A typical day for me starts with exercise first thing in the morning, followed by breakfast, coffee, and some emails. I like to stay on top of my week by keeping in touch with client and on top of the material needed for my electrical jobs that I have on the go.
What made you start doing the amazing things that you do?
After graduating high school I had the opportunity to purchase a house in my hometown. I knew that the trades work in the area was really starting to grow. Becoming an electrician allowed me, at the time, to be able to work and go to school while paying a mortgage. It wasn't until I was well into the electrical trade that I realized how few women were actually involved and how rare it might be for other males to see a female on site. This work experience was incredible for me. There was a lot of respect from those I worked with who appreciated seeing a woman jumping into the trades . Also, a lot of curiosity made me want to become a tradeswoman in the first place. My answer about why I started at the time was " to pay the bills." Now my role of being a sparky means so much more. Beyond paying the bills, I feel like it's a position where I can be a leader, feel confident, and inspire other women.
Did you complete any training? If not, how did you learn your trade/skill?
What did you want to be when you were growing up, or a little kid?
What are you great at, and what do you suck at?
What do you want people to know about being a woman in your field? That there is a lot of respect for women in the trades from the men on job sites. I find people always asking and expecting to hear crazy stories of being mistreated, but really, I could not have felt more welcome and encouraged. I would not be the female sparky I am today if it wasn't for the male role models I had who taught me all I needed to know as I worked my way through my apprenticeship. I would say don't let this be a thought or assumption that holds you back ladies. Go for it and embrace the support!
If you could give your 20-year-old-self advice, what would it be?
Do you have any special projects or cool things you want people to check out?
What does workwear designed for women mean to you?
To me, it is a recognition that women are out there and are meant to be there if they want to be. It takes away from it being uncommon for women to be involved in the trades. It feels good to have the support of brands that want to make a product specific to women and in turn makes me proud to wear that work wear on my job sites. I look forward to see more evolve as more women being to join the trades.
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