Sheila Cuaresma


Sheila is a 5’1” dynamo who came to Canada from the Philippines in 2008 to work as a nanny in Fort McMurray. The family she worked for was so taken with her talents and work ethic that they recommended and supported her to come into the Women Building Futures (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator program.

A quiet and focused student, Sheila was intent on learning every detail and skill offered. Her skills in operating equipment developed so quickly that she earned the praise of her instructors.

After graduation, Sheila returned to Fort McMurray and began her career as a heavy equipment operator with BFI Constructors. She started on the dewatering crew and within two weeks completed the necessary skills to acquire the Mine Drive Form, allowing her to drive the duty vehicle on site when needed. In addition, Sheila’s foreman has already done a work appraisal in which he praised her work ethic and affirmed to all concerned that she was the type of motivated and enthusiastic worker the company needs.

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