North Vancouver School District
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Aug 30
Young Women in Trades Summer Discovery Camp

By Jennifer Kinakin, District Career Coordinator

In early July, the North Vancouver School District partnered with the Construction Foundation of British Columbiaand SkilledTradesBC to offer 16 students, ages 9-12, a free Discovery Trades Summer Camp.

The goal of the camp was to encourage young minds to explore the world of trades while building fun projects and learning new skills.

Over four days, students learned about the trades industry and collaboratively explored five skilled trades.

A student uses a propane tank to heat up metal. They are wearing safety glasses and a lime green scrunchie.Two students wear safety glasses and use a drill and corner to build a rectangular box out of wood.A young student wears a white hard hat covered in stickers while using a drill in a block of wood.

Service Operations Manager Roger Stangl led students on a “behind the scenes tour” of Sutherland Secondary, where students learned about the school’s building operations systems.

Students also learned about various skilled trades’ career opportunities and completed creative projects using skills from the carpentry, electrical, piping, sheet metal and concrete trades.

A group of young girls watch a female educator talk about an electrical panel.

The entire experience was engaging and left students feeling accomplished!

Special thanks goes to both Lisa Scott of the Construction Foundation of BC for leading the activities and Kathleen Scott of SkilledTradesBC for her collaborative efforts.

In addition, the school district would like to thank all who helped to make this camp a success, either through volunteering or sponsorship, including Save-On-Foods, Real Canadian Superstore, Nedco, BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Standard Building Supplies, IPEX, BC Tradeswomen, and the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC).

One student holds a wooden frame of 2x4's while another student measures and marks with a pencil.

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