Angela (Heavy Equipment Operator)
Angela had worked most of her career in retail and banking before she drove to Edmonton from Moncton, New Brunswick with hopes of securing work as a laborer. Instead she found the Women Building Futures Heavy Equipment Operator Program. When asked why she applied to the program, Angela replied, “I like getting dirty and I’ve always been fascinated with big machinery and equipment,” she says. “I just never had an opportunity to get on one and operate one until now.” Angela highly recommends WBF and says it provides a wonderful opportunity for women to get their feet wet and decide what area of construction is right for them. As Angela said, “The program gives you a taste of different equipment so you can see what you like better. For myself, I was not interested in the excavator at all. But when I got on it, within two minutes, I loved it! It became a part of me.” Now Angela’s goal is to have a lifelong career in construction. Her current job is her first construction job and she is also the first female operator her company has hired.