RBC Women in Trades Blog

The Impact of Role Models

  Posted by on: June 2, 2014

Local Pathfinders Give Trades a Try

Local Pathfinders Give Trades a Try


The Pathfinders, part of Girl Guides Canada, is a recreational group for girls ages 12 to 14. The program focuses on trying new things, leadership, and teamwork.  In the words of Kamloops leader Sheila Johnson,  Pathfinders “seeks to empower and educate girls and foster confident women and responsible citizens.” A visit to a local Pathfinders group from one of our amazing student role models was a great fit. Melissa Reid, a student in the Electrical program at TRU, spent an evening with an enthusiastic group of young people. After a short presentation about opportunities in trades, Melissa gave a skills demonstration, and even offered the participants a chance to try on some PSE for size (Personal Safety Equipment!).

Role models like Melissa don’t have to be famous to leave a positive impression on a young person. Instead, they “illustrate for youth a way of achieving successful goals and a sense of self-worth.” By simply sharing her experiences, and taking pride in her abilities, a role model may inspire confidence and a willingness to attempt something unfamiliar. How can you be a role model to young women in your neighbourhood, school, or city? We can all play a part by sharing our experiences and letting young women know that they have exciting options in their futures.

Leadership Opportunity: The Minerva Foundation is offering an exciting and FREE Leadership training opportunity to women 19 years and older. Follow the link below and get your applications in as soon as possible. You can make a difference!

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