When Michelle Wyndham’s dwelling was in want of a brand new roof, she started searching for a crew to switch it—however with one main caveat.
Wyndham, who lives at Plainfield Heritage Farm north of Belleville, Ont., determined that the roofing crew she employed would solely be made up of girls.
She instructed CBC Radio, “I’ve at all times been very conscious, as a lady who used to work in science … all in in the future Final week.
Her months-long search ultimately led her to the Fb web page of Samantha de Coteau, a Wayland, Ont., roofer who goes by “RuferGirl” on social media.
After contacting Vindum, de Coteau reached out to expert tradewomen from throughout the nation. She has now gathered “Summit Sisters,” and they’re main a joint name for higher assist and recruitment for girls in trades.
“Everybody was simply so interested by it, so supportive,” De Coto mentioned. “All the women mentioned, ‘Yeah, I am going to come, I’ll.'”
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De Coteau traveled three-and-a-half hours from Wayland to Plainfield, whereas different crew members got here from Alberta and Saskatchewan to work on Wyndham’s roof.
He was helped by a number of the prices related to bringing the crew collectively by sponsorship from a Mississauga, Ont., device firm.
The vast majority of Canadians working in commerce, transportation and gear operation and associated occupations are male, with solely seven p.c of employees figuring out as feminine, in response to Canada’s 2021 statistics.
De Coteau says that conventional gender stereotypes can typically intimidate ladies who’re interested by studying a commerce.
“Possibly they’re too frightened as a result of it’s thought-about the work of a person,” de Coteau mentioned. “Possibly they suppose they are not robust sufficient. Possibly they suppose they cannot.”
Intimidation, de Coteau mentioned, was one thing he personally encountered when beginning out as a roofer. However she says she is glad she deferred it because the profession has been rewarding.
“I’ve at all times been drawn to supporting ladies and empowering ladies, particularly in trades, as a result of that is what empowered me and altered my life.”
Regardless of having by no means labored collectively earlier than, the Summit Sisters did an awesome job on their roof, Vindam mentioned.
“He did it in document time. And it is completely stunning,” she mentioned. “The terrace is improbable.”