UBC Sister Megan Johnston’s Inspiring Journey in the Trades: Encouraging Young Women to join the UBC Millwrights.

Published On: September 21, 2023Categories: Press Release
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Mistawasis, First Nations, Saskatchewan – Megan Johnston, hailing from Mistawasis First Nations, SK, embarked on a remarkable journey in 2015, driven by her aspiration to build a fulfilling career in the trades. Megan's story is a testament to determination, resilience, and the opportunities that can arise when one pursues their passion.

Growing up with a familiarity of the trades in her community, Megan decided to delve deeper into this field to explore the diverse opportunities it offered. She diligently researched various trades and apprenticeship prospects in the surrounding areas, aiming to secure a lifelong career that would not only support her but also her family.

Megan's path led her to Saskatoon, SK, where she had the opportunity to participate in an 8-week Introduction to Millwright course facilitated by the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC). Her decision to pursue millwrighting was rooted in her love for hands-on work and the desire to acquire new skills. The course, supported by STC and partnered with employers across Saskatchewan, aimed to ensure employment for its participants upon completion.

During the course, Megan's exceptional performance, and keen attention to detail caught the eye of UBC Millwright Local 1021 Saskatchewan. Impressed by her dedication, they approached her to gauge her interest in becoming a member of the union. Megan's decision was influenced by the variety of work, excellent benefits for herself and her family, opportunities for travel, and the chance to connect with fellow tradespeople across the province.

Megan began her journey with Local 1021 as a first-year millwright apprentice. Over the years, she diligently progressed through the trade and is now the proud holder of an Interprovincial Red Seal Industrial Millwright Certification. Her story is a testament to dedication and perseverance, serving as an inspiration to newcomers in the field.

“At the MRC, we’re building a sustainable future, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Sister Megan Johnston’s remarkable journey and exceptional leadership skills are a testament to her dedication and commitment to excellence.” said Mark Beardsworth, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Millwright Regional Council - Canada.

When asked about advice for new apprentices or members, Megan emphasizes the importance of having a support system. She acknowledges that working away from home or on the road can be challenging, and dealing with occasional stereotypes about women in trades can be daunting. Her advice to newcomers is to work diligently, build trust with co-workers, and not be deterred by stereotypes.

When asked about encouraging more women and young individuals to join the Millwright Union Local 1021, Megan wholeheartedly recommends it. She credits her union membership for providing her with a stable career that enables her to support herself and her family. Megan believes that while there may be both good and challenging days, being part of the union is a fulfilling journey.

As a woman who has thrived in the trades since 2015, Megan offers her personal experience and support to any women considering joining the Millwright Union. She wants them to know that they are not alone and can succeed in their careers.

Recently, Megan took on the role of Chair of the Local 1021 Sisters in the Brotherhood Committee, demonstrating her commitment to upholding the Union's core values and ensuring its continued growth and success.

Megan Johnston's journey serves as a shining example of what can be achieved with dedication, hard work, and the support of a strong community like UBC Millwright Local 1021. Her story is an inspiration to all aspiring tradespeople, particularly women, and young individuals looking to forge a rewarding career in the trades.

About the Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC)

The Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC) is composed of thirteen affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) across Canada.

We represent thousands of women and men working as progressive cross-trained construction and maintenance professionals with exceptional skills to install, maintain, diagnose, and repair precision machinery.

UBC Millwrights are vital partners in industries as diverse as energy, automotive, aerospace, food processing, pharmaceuticals and more.

For more information about UBC Millwright Local 1021, Millwright Regional Council – Canada, and our introduction to Millwrighting programs, please contact:

Andrew Bredin

Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Millwright Regional Council – Canada