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Our Tradeswomen Stories

Discover the stories of the tradeswomen supported by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices.


The Nova Scotia Office to Advance Women Apprentices helps women like Kaitlin find the right job in the skilled trades for their future. Connect with the office and learn how we can support you to find your dream job!

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Tradeswoman carpenter and scaffolder Melanie Driscoll is leaving the Office to Advance Women Apprentices to lead her Halifax-based company So Busy Construction Crew.

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Makenna Ducharme always knew a career in the trades was for her and now that she’s working on her electrical apprenticeship, it’s hard for her to contain her enthusiasm.

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Coast to Coast and Beyond!
Candice Gibson never imagined her dream job was just around the corner.

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Tiana Bird wants to help people in her community and her journey to become a Red Seal plumber is just the beginning. Read her story and start on your own path!

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Dreams Do Come True.
Melissa Smith always wanted to be a carpenter; she wanted to make things with her hands.

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Tammy Poorman was the first person in her family to graduate high school, but she wanted to go further. She did! And now she’s working with our office, we’re going to help her keep growing.

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The story of one young apprentice who – with support from the Office to Advance Women Apprentices and Boilermakers Local 203 – found her dream job.

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Welder Tracy Fedorowich has an important message for women looking to blaze a new trail: Never give up.

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Growing up in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Renee had always enjoyed working with her hands. She found work with a drywall company and enjoyed the physicality of the work.

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