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voluMe 1

fall 2013

FIND
MEANINGFUL
WORK

h
t
l
a
he ess:
n
k
t
i
R
o
f
w
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& hysica qual
p sn’t e
doe sical

phy ness
fit

Ryan
MuRphy

is not a Man

NATURAL
BUILDING

the iMpoRtance of tax planning

letteR fRoM the editoR

contents

in our website and

THROUGH SHARING THE STORIES OF OTHER WOMEN
WORKING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OR WITH A
CRAFT, WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL FIND WHAT YOU NEED TO
GET TO WORK OR TELL ANOTHER WOMAN ABOUT WHAT
YOU’VE LEARNED.

3

T

6

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
JILL DRADER

7

8

12

16

20

10 EDUCATION INSTITUTES
IN WESTERN CANADA
MOXIE TRADES BY
MARISSA MCTASNEY,
WORK WEAR FOR WOMEN
A LETTER FROM
OKANAGAN COLLEGE’S
NANCY DARLING
KATE BRAID: AUTHOR,
SPEAKER, JOURNEYMAN
CARPENTER.
RYAN MURPHY
CONSTRUCTION Q&A
WITH LARA AND KAREN
NATURAL BUILDING
WITH CARLY SLADE AND
HEATHER NOAKES
WOMEN OF THE BUILDING
TRADES UNIONS WITH
JAMIE MCMILLAN

eight years in

was so enamored
and interested in

23
4

hese words were spoken to me only months
ago by an amazing Journeyman Plumber/

SMART TRUCKING WITH
CATHERINE MACMILLAN

24

MEANINGFUL WORK WITH
ALLA GUELBER

27

FEEL THINK DO WITH
JANE COOPER

28

THE ‘T’ COVER LETTER
WITH DEBBIE MASTEL

30

MONEY, TAXES, AND
ORGANIZATION WITH
KRISTA ZEIDLER

32

PHYSICAL WORK DOESN’T
EQUAL PHYSICAL FITNESS
WITH JARI LOVE

34

in other

NUTRITIONAL SNACK
IDEAS FOR YOUR
TOOLBOX FROM SARAH
REMMER

were built

Jill Drader
_____________________________

womeninworkboots and tell us what you like and want
we are still so happy to be able to help and support

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WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS | MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 5

10 institutes
EDUCATIONAL

5. woMen buIldIng futures
for trades training for women

heRe aRe 10 places to staRt youR ReseaRch to find the
pRogRaM that’s Right foR you in westeRn canada.

6. trade wInds to success socIety
aboriginals

7. northern alberta
InstItute of technology

pre-employment and
pre-apprenticeship programs

8 access Is the aborIgInal coMMunIty career
eMployMent servIce socIety operating around the

becoming a Master

1. southern alberta InstItute of technology

2. saskatchewan InstItute of applIed scIence and
technology (sIast)

Instructor

women In trades exploratory course

9. unIons

Do you have a program
that you want others to
know about?

4. MoMentuM
Immigrants and/or aboriginals

3. Industry traInIng authorIty (Ita)

10. okanagan college
gateway to the building trades for women

www.facebook.com/
woMenInworkboots

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WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS | MAGAZINE

MOXIE

tRades

MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 7

MaRissa Mctasney

OWNER AND CREATOR
IS FROM ONTARIO, WHERE SHE RUNS HER
BUSINESS AS THE CHIEF WORK BOOT WEARER.
SHE CREATED THE FIRST PINK WORK BOOT
FOR WOMEN AND HAS SINCE GROWN HER
LINE. FIND HER ONLINE AT

MoxietRades.coM

A LETTER FROM...

okanagan college’s
nancy daRling
brItIsh coluMbIa Is leadIng canada wIth theIr trades prograMs for woMen,
organIzatIons and assocIatIons, and onlIne support network through woMen In
trades traInIng (wItt) facebook page. JoIn theIr conversatIons!
nancy darlIng, an adMInIstrator wIth the trades and apprentIceshIp departMent of
okanagan college, shares the successes and upcoMIng opportunItIes for woMen In
brItIsh coluMbIa.

I
aMelia

lotus

dani

betsy xtReMe

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WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS | MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 9

PIONEER

kate bRaid
R E D

A

S E A L

C A R P E N T E R

When speaking about being a

he hired a woman they would speed up to

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“Here’s the point I’m trying to make, and I especially
want to address trainers, employers and the
government people here: Women can do this work.”

Wermentum volutpat,
neque nisl rhoncus
nisi, ac vulputate libero
diam vitae justo.

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WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS | MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 11

Look at Ed over there.
Sixty if he’s a day and the man looks
more graceful than a goddamned
crane. Nails hum for him.
Walls rise all around him
like some Eastern palace.
Ed knows.
Those little lines of steel can talk,

story is

tell you what kind of wood you’re dealing
with,
how thick and whether it’s wet or dry.
You feed ‘em to your hammer like this.
Are you right handed? Hammer in the right,
nails in the left. Don’t look!
roll them like cigarettes.

a problem on their hands when a woman or

Place them
one at a time fast, right
where your hammer is
waiting, poised at the top

“With the help of good

foremen and forewomen,
site managers and
owners, we will one day
see a lot more women,
and First Nations, and
people of color, share in
these deeply rewarding
careers.

of the next swing
to give them a love tap or two.
Got the rhythm, kid, you got it now?
You’ve got to love a job that’s got
this much rhythm,
this much swing.”
Turning Left to the Ladies
just rolling her eyes at the right moment was



was working on the Patterson addition to



.

Lesson One: Nails.

WRITTEN BY JENNIFER SINTIME

12 WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS | MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 13

RYAN MURPHY

is not a Man

RYAN MURPHY CONSTRUCTION INC., A CALGARY,
ALBERTA BASED CONSTRUCTION COMPANY,
WOULD FOOL MOST OF THOSE WHO WOULD
ASSUME THAT IT IS MALE OWNED AND OPERATED.
A CLEVER ILLUSION, KAREN RYAN AND LARA
MURPHY HAVE FOUND A WITTY WAY TO PLACE
THEMSELVES INTO WHAT MANY WOULD CLAIM AS
A MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY. FORTUNATELY,
KAREN AND LARA HAVE TAKEN THE MASCULINE
IMAGE OF CONSTRUCTION AND, FOR LACK OF A
BETTER TERM, OWNED IT.

A

nyone hearing your company’s name for

Murphy” is a man. what made you
choose this name, and do you think it
helps to attract the business of those who may
be skeptical about working with a construction
company owned by women?

MORE INSIDE

Laura Murphy & Karen Ryan
Left to right.

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MAGAZINE | WOMEN IN WORK BOOTS 15

what made you guys decide to get into business
together?

what do each of you love most about your job?
what kind of work do you guys specialize in; and,
of the services you offer, what are the majority of
contracts you take?

you are taking on is something that you not only
what are the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
what are some of the challenges you have had to
face being women in the construction industry?

past summer was taking on a summer student

she opened our eyes to the many possibilities
what have you learned as female entrepreneurs in
the construction industry?

what demographic do the majority of your
customers belong to, and why do you think this
is?

what would you say to any women interested in
starting their own business in a male dominated
industry, like construction?

__________________

NATURAL BUILDING
handmade.

HEATHER NOAKES

it seems that the jump to working with

CARLY SLADE

Y

Calgarians

Carly Slade of
and
Heather Noakes of
share how they built
businesses after their Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degrees.


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