Peace River Hydro Partners creates new construction scholarship for women

A new scholarship has been established at Northern Lights College for women wanting to pursue a career in construction and the trades.

Peace River Hydro Partners presented the college with $35,000 to establish the scholarship on Thursday, Nov. 7, after meeting with students at North Peace Secondary.

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The company says the new scholarship is part of its women in construction inclusion and equality program, and as a legacy for Peace region students after the Site C dam is completed.

“There are so many women in construction looking to pass down all their knowledge and experience, and willing to mentor newcomers,” said Jamie Bodnarchuk, PRHP communications manager, in a news release.

“The challenge with education is that, although it’s very valuable, it’s not always accessible to everyone. Students must invest not only their time, but also some money. We realized we can help with that.”

Peace River Hydro Partners is the main civil works construction contractor for $10.7-billion Site C project on the Peace River outside Fort St. John.

The company says the number of women in its construction workforce is at 10%, double the national average.

BC Hydro reported there were 517 women working on the project in September

PRHP employees Natasha Smilovic, Dawn Rebelo, and Alison MacMaster spent time meeting with North Peace Secondary students this week to share their career experiences.

“Women make up half of the population, no reason we can’t be 50% of the construction industry,” said Rebelo, a haul truck trainer, in the release.

“I hope that one day we are. We can’t wait to welcome the next generation.” 

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