What began with 15,000 women marching through New York City demanding equal hours, pay and voting rights, has grown to thousands of events globally in solidarity for economic, social and political equality. Since that day in the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated by women and men across the globe.
Being celebrated at TransCanada on Mar. 5 and worldwide on Mar. 8 – IWD has special significance for three TransCanada technicians who work out of TransCanada’s Hardisty, Alberta oil terminal.
They are all young women employed by TransCanada in what was once considered non-traditional roles.
Kaytlyn Crawford, along with Facility Technicians Camillia Smith and Mackenzie MacRae, all help to keep Hardisty operating safely.
“I am proud to be taking on a role that is not typically female orientated, and feel that International Women’s Day is a great reminder of how far we have really come,” says Mackenzie.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that you are a part of something that can encourage other women to be strong and independent. No woman should ever feel restricted or forced to conform,” says Crawford, when discussing her non-traditional role.
All three of them have similar roles in supporting facility requirements with walk-around daily checks, measurement verifications and lab work where they perform oil quality testing on samples collected from every batch of oil that passes through the facility.
“To me, IWD shows respect and appreciation towards all women who have achievements in their life whether they are a worker or a mother,” says Smith.
“It is a social awareness of the struggles that women worldwide have ever had to go through in their lives and to celebrate how far we have come.”
Mentee to mentor
All three technicians can’t say enough about the colleagues they work with.
“I must say that all the guys I work with here in Hardisty have been great mentors over the past couple of years and have really helped me grow in my role here in TransCanada,” says Smith.
That mentorship has paid off and come full-circle.
“Now I also am getting the opportunity to be able to mentor other new facility technicians who come to Hardisty.”
Supported by TransCanada
TransCanada is a strong supporter of IWD, with more than 1,800 women in TransCanada’s workforce today. More than 20 per cent of TransCanada’s ‘People Leadership’ roles are held by women.
“Commemorating International Women’s Day is important in demonstrating the value that diversity and inclusion brings to our business, “says Jim Baggs who recently added Diversity Officer to his current title of Executive Vice-President, Operations and Engineering.
“Leveraging the unique perspectives and skillsets of our female workforce makes TransCanada a better company and just makes good sense.”
The company is also sponsoring the 2015 CARE Walk in her Shoes challenge on Sunday, March 8. The walk is meant to bring awareness to the plight of women and girls in developing countries that often have to walk more than 8,000 steps each day to access food, water and healthcare for their families.