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Mann selected winner of KCDS’s Bev Lapointe Memorial scholarship

Janelle Mann, the fourth recipient of the Bev Lapointe Memorial scholarship for Women in Trades, said she is honored to be the 2019 recipient. — Submitted photo

Janelle Mann is the fourth recipient of KCDS’s Bev Lapointe Memorial scholarship for Women in Trades.

Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) is pleased to announce that Janelle Mann of Trail is the fourth recipient of a scholarship in memory of founding KCDS Board Chair Bev LaPointe. The scholarship offers $2000 for a full time or part time female student in the trades and is available to women residing in the KCDS service area: Nelson, Castlegar and Trail.

Mann will be presented the scholarship on Thursday August 8th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the new office in Trail at 1499 Bay Avenue.

“We are so pleased to be able to award this scholarship for the 4th consecutive year, in honor of Bev LaPointe’s impact as a trailblazer for the full participation of women in the workplace, in our community, and in the trades. I think she would be very proud of our scholarship recipients and of KCDS for continuing to provide this meaningful support” says Sue Adam, KCDS Board Chair.

Lapointe served KCDS from May 2004 until December 2012 and was passionate about the work being done through the Society. She was a strong supporter of KCDS job seekers and employees and always championed worker’s rights and social justice. She was fierce in her defense of women’s rights both in the workplace and community.

Lapointe was employed by the City of Nelson in Public Works for 32 years. She was the first woman to drive a snow plow for the City and locals often saw her travelling down the street in her snow plow, bus or street sweeper, joking “you bet I drive like a woman!”

“I am very honored to be the 2019 recipient of the Bev LaPointe Scholarship," Mann said after hearing news she had been selected the winner.

"It is great that there is a scholarship that recognizes women entering a trades path."

"For a long time, it was not common for women to enter in the trades field, and it’s amazing to see that shift for women to get recognized for it! It can be intimidating in a male dominate work environment, having this scholarship behind my name will help feel confident entering my new career," Mann added.

"I hope this can encourage other women to consider a career path in the trades”.

The scholarship supports women entering a career path that is under-represented by women. In 2011 women accounted for only 2% of carpentry apprentices, 1.9% of plumbing apprentices, and 1.5% of heavy equipment apprentices. (Source: Statistics Canada)

KCDS is a regional employment service and career development agency that works in partnership with communities and employers to support the residents of Nelson, Castlegar, and Trail in finding meaningful and sustainable employment. For more information about how to apply for the scholarship, to search for jobs or to find out more about KCDS services, visit KCDS website.