The Women in Construction (WIC) Committee held its first School Site
Tour at CANA’s National Music Centre (NMC) site on May 7.
The Site Tour, which had nine high school girls and two school
representatives from James Fowler High School, was a pilot program which
WIC hopes will expand to other schools. The program commenced at 9:45 A.M.
with a safety briefing by Cheyenne Bathy, a CANA Safety Officer, who had
the girls dress in full Personal Protective Equipment. High visibility
vests and safety glasses were provided by CANA, and hard hats and work
boots were graciously donated by Flynn Canada.
Two female tradespeople also joined the event to interact with the
girls and showed them that women were welcome members in the world of the
construction trades. Then Construction Manager Steven Ardell gave a project
overview, followed by a one hour tour of the innovative site.
After the tour, the group visited the Calgary Construction Centre to
have an interactive lunch with the WIC committee members, where the
students had an opportunity to share their dreams about their careers in
the construction industry, and listened to the WIC committee members’
personal experiences and thoughts on their careers in construction.
The feedback from the young ladies on the site visit was very
positive. The CCA and the WIC committee would like to give special thanks
to the CANA team who graciously made this site tour possible as well as to
all who helped make this event successful!