Women in Construction Week, part 2
Happy Women in Construction Week! Continuing to spotlight our employees, we would like to recognize Pearl Fisher (Pipeline Office Clerk & Former Blaster, Pacific Blasting).
How did you get involved in this industry?
I was blessed to have strong family ties to the industry. I had a father that was in the Blasting industry from the time I was 2 years old (over 50 years). My mother (Anita Fisher) was one of the first female Ticketed Blasters in Canada. I got my first Blasting ticket in 1992 and I’ve been a Blaster most of my life. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with my aunt (Janet Ragan) and sister (Tracy Fisher) who also held Blasting tickets for many years. My career did not end with blasting. I have taken my business skills and now work as office support for the pipelines, thanks to Lewis Clarke. I still blast when I can, but plan to retire soon.
This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. How do you think we can break the bias of gender norms in the construction industry?
Be yourself and don’t give up.
Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to other women considering pursuing a career in construction?
Don’t let discrimination stop you. Take advantage of all courses available. Be patient, change doesn’t happen over night.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
I'd like to think it means “Pride for all Women”, regardless of if they are working to raise a family or pursuing a career.