Acres is celebrating 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!
Get to know Becca Peters, Acres’ Shop & Mechanic Assistant and a TRU Women in Trades almunus who loves the diversity of her position.
𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐩 & 𝐌𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭.
My role is to assist the mechanics and the welder in completing projects, while also working on equipment. I help with services on heavy machinery and light vehicles as well as repairs. I am also the co-chair of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee and a member of the Inclusivity Committee.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
I started my trades journey at Thompson Rivers University in the Women in Trades program in 2017. Following that, I chose to pursue Heavy Duty Mechanics and graduated from the Foundation program in March 2018. I worked for a local heavy equipment dealership after my graduation. I started with Acres in June 2021 as a labourer at one of our New Gold projects. I was then transitioned to the shop to assist the mechanic with repairs and services.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐣𝐨𝐛?
I enjoy the hands-on aspect of my job as well as the diversity I have day-to-day. No two days are the same and that gives me lots of opportunities to learn and gain experience in a variety of different tasks.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You are more than capable, and you will excel.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲?
My biggest challenge is having the self-confidence to know I belong on the worksite. I have had no challenges in the workplace, but some from my peers. Most of the challenges I experienced was overcoming unsolicited comments and having the faith in myself that I am capable.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟?
After completing my Foundation course, I was asked to speak as the valedictorian at the School of Trades & Technology and School of Nursing convocation in June 2018. I frequently work with and represent TRU Women in Trades at various events in the city. I am very proud of the women I have mentored through the program and having the opportunity to work alongside many of them in my own company and watching them learn and grow as tradespeople is unbelievably rewarding. I am proud to represent women in trades every single day both in and out of the workplace.