KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A B.C. union has been recognized for its work to advance women and Indigenous workers in the skilled construction trades.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 993 (IBEW Local 993) was presented with the Breaking Barriers Award at the B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards. The awards are hosted by the province.
“We’ve received this award for just doing the right thing,” said IBEW Local 993 business manager Glen Hilton in a statement.
The union and its members serve central and northern B.C. This includes Kamloops and stretches all the way north to parts of the Yukon. It has training centres in Kamloops, Prince George and Terrace, with outreach initiatives in other communities, such as Prince Rupert and Kitimat.
According to the Industry Training Authority (ITA), IBEW Local 993 is the number one sponsor of women apprentices in the province at 23 per cent and the third largest sponsor of Indigenous apprentices at 18 per cent.
Part of the union’s strategy includes having women and Indigenous tradespeople conduct membership development, outreach and engagement, and mentoring for new members.
“I am so grateful to be part of a team that works very hard every day to break down barriers for women and people of colour in our industry,” said Angeline Camille, a Red Seal electrician and one of the union’s officer team.
Camille is also a member of the Shuswap First Nation.