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B.C. Women Go to Seattle for the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference

Some female Local 1598 and Local 1907 members, along with other women from various sectors of the trades in British Columbia, went to Seattle on October 12 to attend the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference. After the event, Local 1907 member and chair of the B.C. chapter of Sisters in the Brotherhood, Julie Sawatsky, wrote the BCRCC a very kind and thoughtful thank-you letter, which also describes the event:

Last week I had the honour of attending the Women Build Nations Conference in Seattle, Washington, with five of my sisters. The support you have shown our Sisters in the Brotherhood Committee has been fantastic. We all boarded the Building Trades bus and our journey began! This year there were over 2200 attendees from every trade worldwide. I’m proud to say that B.C. alone tripled last year’s number of Canadian carpenters participating.

Along with several members from the BC Building Trades – Build Together, I presented a workshop entitled ‘Building a Movement.’ Our message was to highlight our achievements and demonstrate how starting a women’s committee and getting involved in our communities, unions, and government can create more women leaders. This is the next step after recruiting; as the focus of many of the plenary talks was retention and moving up. Furthermore, there was a recognition of the pioneers and the next-generation apprentices.

Without your solid commitment to the sisters, we would not be where we are, rising up, and throwing down the ladder for the next ones behind us. Please accept my sincere gratitude for the Council’s support and respect shown to all the Sisters in the Brotherhood.


Julie Sawatsky

Sisters in the Brotherhood, BC Chair

B.C. Sisters in the Brotherhood contingent at the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference in Seattle, October 2018.

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