Acres is celebrating 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!
Get to know Rebecca Dusenbury, a Project Coordinator, who found herself at home in the exciting hustle and bustle of the construction industry.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
To be honest, construction kind of found me. I was working as an Administrative Assistant for a Utility company for a few years prior. I always wanted to get out from behind the desk and more into the field, so I started taking online courses for water treatment. The crew I worked with always welcomed me out in the field and trained me. I really loved the balance of being able to get outside to learn but come back to the office and really put my head down. I took a two-year Administrative Assistant program while working full-time and once I completed that, I decided it was time to move onto something more challenging. I love the hustle and bustle of the construction industry. There is never a dull day as every day is different. Also, the problem solving and the way a team can come together to overcome a particular issue is always empowering and rewarding.
𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫.
As a Project Coordinator, I help analyze data and finances, while supporting the field staff and office staff, particularly our superintendents and project managers. We organize our subcontractors with their quotes, contracts, invoicing, and scheduling. Coordination between our team, engineers, architects, and our clients is also part of role. Everything from invoicing, meeting minutes, budget analysis, contracts, and site meetings. Those are just a few of the tasks of a Project Coordinator!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲?
Get out and do it. Everyone starts somewhere at some point in their life, so don’t be afraid. There are a lot of people out there who are more than willing to help teach you. Times are changing and there is a very powerful feeling once you take those first steps.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟?
My biggest achievement is being a working mom with a young family in what is still a very male-dominated field. It’s by far the hardest thing I have ever done but being a strong female role model is the most important thing for both my son and daughter. I have also been a part of many of the projects you see around the Kamloops area, but my latest and greatest one was the Brandt Tractor Building – we had an amazing crew out there!