Jayna Wiewiorowski, Camosun College, Victoria
When the opportunity came up for Jayna Wiewiorowski to be part of women in trades program, she did not let it pass as she wanted to be part of the solution in supporting women in trades .
She is the Development Coordinator for Women in Trade’s Training programming, Trades Development & Special Projects Department at Camosun College in Victoria. The program provides under-represented groups including youth, women and aboriginals the opportunity to explore various pathways to enter a career in the trades.
Since starting in the position, Wiewiorowski has made some significant changes in terms of curriculum in order to keep up with industry standards and demand. “I am most proud of the community outreach I have incorporated into the programs and volunteer opportunities that I have been able to create for the students to give back to the community.”
Her advice to women entrepreneurs is “no matter what, keep your chin up and keep smiling! Play to your natural strengths and don’t try to be someone/thing that you are not.”
Mentors have played a crucial role in her professional growth. “I look up to my mentor for his strong morals and work ethic. I also respect that he, in turn, is open to my decisions and trusts my judgement.”
As a mentor with Women’s Enterprise Centre, Wiewiorowski wants to reach out to women entering in trades. “It is a great opportunity to reach out to the community more and target female apprentices already in the system. I really want to make a difference by encouraging women to excel in trades.”