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Okanagan College camp introduces young girls to carpentry

A number of girls between the ages of nine and 12 got an introduction to trades this week.

They participated in a fresh addition to Okanagan College’s inventory of summer camps, Carpentry Projects for Girls.

It’s led by Red Seal endorsed trades instructors, with Women in Trades Training (WITT) mentors stepping in to lend a hand.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Malaika Dutta

“It’s fantastic to have the girls in here this young. They’re smart and in tune with health and safety. It’s great to show them the possibilities they have for their future,” said Mary-Jaye Salmon, Red Seal Endorsed Carpenter and WITT mentor of 11 years.

“Maybe they won’t end up making a career choice of trades, but it definitely shows them that they can, and maybe sparks another interest of theirs that they will go on to pursue.”

The girls spent the week building a number of small pieces like bird-shaped doorstops and planets.

They’ve also worked together to build oversized, outdoor games like Jenga, dice and corn hole.

For more information on camps available through Okanagan College, click this link.

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