Women in Construction Week – Meet Morgan Lavallee

Meet morgan lavallee

Acres is celebrating ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!

Get to know Morgan Lavallee, an Equipment Operator who got her start in construction at the mere age of 17 and quickly discovered a passion for the industry. ย 

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

It was kind of a fluke actually! I was 17 years old and I needed a job. I got hired as a flagger and then the journey just continued.

I really enjoy the culture in construction and the challenge of it all. Every job is unique and thereโ€™s always an opportunity to learn something new.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐„๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ?

When I first joined Acres, I was a labourer, then I moved up to a rock truck driver and now Iโ€™m operating a dozer. I was able to move up quite quickly because of my previous experience as an Equipment Operator.

Every day is a bit different. It always starts with a toolbox meeting, then we get rolling with the tasks at hand for the day.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

Be confident. If construction is something you want to pursue, then stick with it. Sometimes you do have to push a little harder in the field as a female, but just keep motivated and do it. There definitely are some challenges, as construction is still largely a male-dominated field. It may feel like you need to show your value more, but when you work hard and really care about the work you do, that doesnโ€™t go unnoticed.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ?

Iโ€™m really proud of the operator I have become because I honestly didnโ€™t expect it. You see others do it and I remember thinking to myself, โ€œNo, I canโ€™t do that!โ€ I proved myself wrong and exceeded my own expectations. What Iโ€™m capable of now is rewarding in itself. I started out as a flagger and now Iโ€™m able to competently run different pieces of equipment. Iโ€™m proud of my journey in the industry.ย 

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