Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.
I am a Biomechanist and Retired Firefighter
When I was 10 I wanted to be a physiotherapist or rehabilitation therapist to treat all my sport injuries..
I work as a Biomechanics Researcher & Fitness Instructor
I am proud of my current research that will provide huge advancement to para-athletes, sledge hockey in particular, and hopefully rehabilitation for all shoulder dependent populations. When I stretch the varsity football team on campus and physically see the difference I make in these aspiring athletes, helping them achieve their dreams.
The biggest obstacle I have faced was being told I could not have eye surgery after they finally called my name to be a firefighter. Then finding out I didn’t want to be a teacher.
My advice to women is you probably have to invent it. Biomechanics is a young science that has endless opportunities. I was told by a very wise prof “why can’t you do that?” I did not have a reply. You have to love what you do or it will never truly blossom.