My career with Canfor started in January of 2012 as a production worker. I was at our Vavenby mill from 2012 to the end of 2016 and started at Isle Pierre in January of 2017. I started my millwright apprenticeship in January of 2013, finishing just before I moved to Prince George and began at Isle Pierre. I began my role as chargehand in January of 2018 and was then successful in my application for Maintenance Supervisor in May of 2018.
What I like about the forest industry is that there is so much diversity in the types of jobs, even just within the sawmill setting, and lots of opportunity for learning and advancement. In six and a half years I was able to experience production work, learn a trade and then advance my career to a management position. While my experience may not be typical, the same opportunities exist for others that are willing to put in the effort and time, and show interest and initiative.
I would tell women interested in forestry to give it a shot. It’s not as hard or scary as it may appear from the outside looking in. Creating work-life balance is no different working in the forest industry, than any other industry, I found. Many of the jobs that I worked before had more difficult and less predictive schedules than in sawmills. I have encountered several situations where my personal life required extra consideration and Canfor has been very accommodating, wherever possible. Whether it was covering a shift on short notice, or when switching my shift, giving me the time I needed to arrange things at home with my family. At home I mostly spend my time with my husband and daughter. We enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing, camping, fishing and hunting. I also enjoy reading; I spend more time reading than I probably should.