Whitehorse residents have probably experienced work by 4th Level Carpentry Apprentice Katelyn Dawson. The 24-year-old Kwanlin Dün First Nation citizen has contributed finishing work for the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, helped build the new St. Elias group home, and built new houses for the Yukon Housing Corporation.
“I love the variety of my job—residential, commercial, new construction, retro-fits, framing, finishing work—you are tackling something different each day. It is such a great feeling to build something yourself and receive compliments about it,” said Katelyn.
Katelyn took a trades exploration course with Yukon Women in Trades and Technology back in 2010 and was drawn to carpentry. After completing four levels of apprenticeship at Yukon College, she is now a Red Seal carpenter.
“The instructors at Yukon College are fantastic! They are very hands-on with their teaching and guidance and encourage your very best. The College is a healthy, positive environment.”
Katelyn appreciates the life-long learning path she is on.
“In this business, you are more valuable the more you know. I plan on taking project management courses and even expanding my skills into electrical. One day soon, I will build my own house.”
“If you want a better life, you need a good education. I recommend Yukon College to my friends all the time.”