Today’s blog is actually from our sister Delanee Daviau, who responded to our request to send us a story about the work that she does and why she loves it. We’d love to hear from more members, so if you have a story to share, please contact us at email@example.com and we can get your story out for people to enjoy. In the meantime, enjoy Delanee’s story:
My name is Delanee Daviau, I am a Journeyman Welder and Apprentice Ironworker with Ironworkers Local 720, and represent my Local for “Build Together” – Women of the Building Trades.
At the tender age of 17 years old I met a girl who had been a Welders’ helper on the Pipeline, she described her job, her wage and her hours as well as her love for her job, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me. Still in High School and unsure where life would take me, I decided to try a co-op program at the local Beauty School, needless to say after 2 short weeks I knew this was not my path. After graduation I applied at North Island College in Campbell River, BC for the 7 month long “Level C Welding Program” within weeks I had heard back and had a start date. At that point in my life I didn’t even know what a stinger, welding rod, or cutting torch looked like but I was excited to learn. The 7 months were full of ups and downs and learning curves, one of the ups being where I met my best friend who now is a Member of the Boilermakers Local 146.
On a two week school break I had met my now Husband, David, who introduced me to the Union as he is also a Member of Local 720. I moved to Alberta after graduating the Program at 19 years old, worked through my Apprenticeship, became a Member and never looked back. This career has been more rewarding than I would have ever imagined, I have gained confidence, skill and one hell of a backbone. It has taken my personal life to new heights allowing me to travel the world, become a real estate investor and work side by side with my Husband. I am grateful for the support from my Family who always knew I could it, for my Local for being so supportive of women in the Industry, and to my Ironworker Brothers and Sisters for always having my back.
If I could do it all over again, I would still be right where I am.