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
On January 22 the Canadian government committed a million dollars for women in trades in Alberta. The funds will go to Women Building Futures.
On January 30, 2015 BC Mining HR Taskforce published this 30 minute video featuring 6 women working in BC's mining industry. This is just amazing and inspiring. Women respresent 16% of the mining workforce in Canada. Think about ladies, it's never too late...
Update: Currently we are working on framing in the door, constructing the back wall and welding and creating the stairs.
Flint Energy Services is looking for welders in Fort St. John. Click here for more information.
Lafarge and Women Building Futures are working together with a recruitment and training program on truck driving dedicated to women. Check it out.
Fantastic to see BC's school districts showing students options for their futures. In the Peace Region on January 23, hundreds of students were busy trying different trades and 50 grade 9 girls participated in a "Women in Trades" conference.