INDUSTRIAL WORK, SAFETY AND OUTDOOR WEAR FOR WOMEN
Who am I and what is this about
This is an exclusive personal shopping experience for women in communities across western Canada. My name is Audrey Rippingale and I am founder, owner and truck driver for She Works She Plays. My history is driving trucks and running equipment. My own frustration at not being able to find good women's workwear that fit 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 had been doing for Island Ready Mix for the past decade, I realized the time to do something had come. This crossroads in life got my creativity flowing and the business was born. I truck from town to town with my Kenworth, my pup Maggie and my converted semi-trailer which sets up as a store on wheels.
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
AWESOME: AN ACTION PLAN TO ENCOURAGE AND RETAIN MORE WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY.
Being a woman working in a non-traditional job is not easy. That is just the truth. It can be awesome, and it can be so empowering and the sense of independence is amazing. However, pretending there are not challenges is being naive.
Very pleased to announce the trailer has passed the electrical system inspection and commercial vehicle inspection with flying colours!! I am good to go anywhere in BC. In the final stages of finishing work and getting insured. Will be rolling down the highway very soon.
I am thrilled to announce the trailer passed its electical installation inspection on Friday! Thank you Shawn and Travis Colgan Electrical Co Ltd. It is set up like a mobile home or marine electrical system.
Being a small town Vancouver Island born and raised girl, it is exciting to me when women are being encouraged and supported locally. I know from personal experience it can be intimidating and challenging to enter a non-traditional job position.