Wear for the Active West Coast Woman
The Exclusive Mobile Shopping Experience for Women
She Works She Plays Active Wear Inc. is not an online store. This is an exclusive personal shopping experience for women in communities on the west coast of Canada. My name is Audrey Rippingale and I am founder/owner/truck driver of this mobile business based out of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. I am a commercial driver and have been working in trades for over a decade. My own frustration at not being able to find work wear had me thinking it was time someone did something about this issue. So when an ongoing wrist injury prevented me from continuing to drive concrete trucks, which I enjoyed doing for Island Ready Mix for the previous eight years, I realized the time to do something had come. This crossroads in life got my creativity flowing and the business was born. I travel the west coast with my Kenworth and converted semi-trailer which sets up as a store filled with women's industrial work, safety and outer wear.
Here is an interview with CBC Radio North in May 2016 while I was in Terrace, BC. The interview covers who I am, what I am all about and the issues that us women working in industry and trades can face when it comes to getting work wear that is functional for us.
"CBC Daybreak North" by host Carolina de Ryk - Audio
My story is also wonderfully summed up by CTV Vancouver Island News when Lisa Perry did a segment on my truck. The only thing I would add to the interview is that pink is not "my theme". I do carry some pink PPE because women have requested it, but I carry a wide range of all types of women's work, safety and outer wear. I am very proud to run my own trucking business and to help women working in trades and industry get what they need to get their jobs done.
I am trucking northern BC hard core right now. Have a tight 46 day road trip scheduled, going to be a long one.
I am currently in Terrace. Last half of this trip will be Prince Rupert and then the Vanderhoof and Smithers Fall Fairs. Fall/early winter trip - PEACE
I am trying to stay consistant and my calendar is as follow:
MARCH/APRIL - KOOTENAYS
MAY/JUNE - CENTRAL BC
I am in Castlegar now, set up at the Sandman, open until tomorrow Saturday at 6PM. Heading for the Elk Valley next week and then wrapping it up in Cranbrook. Check out the calendar for details. Cheers, Audrey
HELLO LADIES OF BC. My calendar is subject to change due to unforseen circumstances like truck break-downs and some of the new stops I haven't quite finalized, but I will do my best to stick to it.
I am in beautiful TUMBLER RIDGE for the first time after enjoying a busy Chetwynd last week. Way to go all you hard working women here in the Peace! Met females from mine blasting crews here - awesome! Want a picture for the truck ladies!!
Well this trip is off to a rocky start. After starting with setting up in 100 Mile House, I landed up getting evacuated unfortunately, but I am in Kamloops now and working my way to the northwest. Stops coming up this summer - Fort St James, Houston, and the Vanderhoof and Smithers August fairs.