Jackie Cassidy


When Jackie moved to Edmonton in 2007, she was working as a physical care aid for people with disabilities, but was struggling to make ends meet. Jackie tried working in administration at an office, but it wasn’t really for her. She’d always been a tomboy, liked to roll up her sleeves, get her hands dirty and see the results of her labours.

The radio advertisement for Women Building Futures piqued Jackie’s interest. She came to an information session with an idea of going into heavy equipment operation but was drawn to welding. Jackie graduated from the Journeywoman Start program in 2007 and was indentured as an apprentice shortly after. Five years later, in 2011, Jackie completed her apprenticeship and is now a certified Journeyman welder making more than three times her wage as a physical care aid.

Jackie has also inspired her two daughters; one is indentured as an auto body painter and her other daughter is thinking about becoming a mechanic.

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