Siobhan Slade

Siobhan Slade is from a small community on Labrador’s South Coast. In 2012, she was working on a ‘make-work’ project in St. Lewis, Labrador to get enough hours for EI to take her through the winter. It was here she met Tonia Pilgrim, WRDC’s Career Development Coordinator for the Labrador Region.

Kimberly Nippard

OTT Graduate & Construction/Industrial Electrician Graduate

In 2011, Kimberley Nippard’s life took on great change when she gave birth to her first son. Working as a sales representative, she was instantly determined to make a better life for herself and her son. “He was the greatest thing to ever happen in my life, and I knew I had to do better

Michelle Russell

First Year HDET Apprentice with Pardy’s Waste Management

“It was a great experience, I really enjoyed the program, it opened up possibilities that I could use in my future” says Michelle

Sheila Coultas

OTT Graduate, Welder

In November 2012, Sheila Coultas made a decision to make big life changes. She left her job as a seamstress and in the same year, sold her house and bought another.   A previous graduate of the Textiles Studies in 1997, Shelia felt there was still something more. With the support of her family, she

Alichia McCarthy

Non-Destructive Testing Technician

When Alichia McCarthy completed high school at Corner Brook Regional High in 2013, she knew she wanted a career that was both challenging and dynamic. She wanted to work with her hands, not in an office. She had no idea what career she should pursue, the possibilities were overwhelming. That’s when she decided to meet

Cathy Dimmer


For many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, the fishery is an integral part of our way of life, and this was certainly the case for Cathy Dimmer. At the age of 16, she went to work at the High Liner Foods fish processing plant in Burin. This is where she remained for the next three decades. In

Lois Bragg

Project Technologist

Lois Bragg participated in the first delivery of Techsploration NL. Her school, St John Bosco, was one of eight schools that were involved. The five-month program paired junior high school girls with female role models and provided the opportunity to explore science, trades, engineering and technology careers. Although Lois participated in the program more than

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