Stacey has been working as a welder for 11 years, but a ticketed Journeymen since 2008. She has her Red Seal and has been working at Sarens Canada for three years. She has been a member of the union for three years as well. This is her second year being a part of the Executive Board.
Stacey has taken nearly all the training courses the union has to offer including Job Steward Level 1 & 2, First Aid and Supervisor Training. She remembers before she became to the union that she didn’t have those opportunities for further training. This was actually a barrier for her to get into the union, before she was hired at Sarens Canada, where she also serves as a Job Steward.
Stacey is a representative of OE955 on the provincial team for Build Together: Women of the Building Trades, supported by Building Trades of Alberta (BTA). This provincial program seeks to break down barriers for women entering the trades.
“We want to create safe environments for everyone to work in and we want to support the mentoring of apprentices, not just young women, but young men too and people of all ages.”
Stacey comes out for the ‘Do it for Dad’ run each year and has participated in the golf tournament in the past.
“I try to network as much as I can. I like meeting new people and volunteering and helping out on social committees gives me a chance to do that.”
In fact, Stacey has been fortunate enough to meet many people through her day job, volunteering and conferences that went on to be very good friends.
“I like where I’m working right now. I enjoy the people and the environment which is really easy going, happy-go-lucky and also clean and comforting.”
For her, being part of the union means having equality, respect, unity, stability, a safe work environment, great training and good benefits for her family. It also gives opportunity for career advancement.
As an Executive Board Member, Stacey wants to be active and involved, demonstrating leadership and gaining knowledge about the union. She also wants to assist board members in decisions that are in the best interest of the members and their rights.
Ultimately, Stacey would like to become a supervisor, then a Business Agent and eventually a Business Representative. Currently she is a Lead Hand which means she gets to mentor an apprentice.
“It feels great that I’m able to give back with my expertise and be able to pass that down.”
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