Career Paths

Girls need role models to inspire them for careers in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Here are three local women successful in STEM professions:

LIZZIE BROWN - BAS, EIT, PROJECT ENGINEER/CIVIL ENGINEER
HATCH LAPOINTE ENGINEERING (KITIMAT)

Lizzie Brown was born and raised in Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2011. She has worked at Hatch Lapointe Engineering as a Civil Engineer in Training since graduating. Her roles have ranged from design engineer to project manager. She is working towards her professional engineering designation.

How did you feel about science in high school?

I loved science and math; I took as many science courses as I could. My favourite part was the hands-on labs where you could apply the principles you were taught in class.

What was the first career you ever wanted?

I always wanted to be an architect and to design houses and buildings. I loved working with the angles and shapes – pushing the boundaries of what is possible. To be honest, I get to do this as an engineer as well.

What do you love about your job?
I think my favourite thing so far is seeing something I have designed after it’s been built. It’s an amazing feeling to know that you have put your stamp on the world. Of course, it’s also good to know that all the principles I learned over the past four years actually have a real world application.

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SARAH JANE RAILTON, BSC, RPF - REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL FORESTER, OWNER
NAIAD STEWARDSHIP SOLUTIONS INC. (TERRACE)

I am a Registered Professional Forester in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. I have about 6 years of experience working as a forest professional and this past September I started my own natural resources consulting business. The Skeena River watershed is where I am at home.

What is the best advice you were given?

The best advice I have ever been given came from a university professor who said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal; if you want something, go out and make it happen.”

What do you love about your job?

There are too many things I love about being a forester to mention in this answer! The top three things are: (1) having a meaningful impact on how forests in B.C. are managed and what happens to them. (2) spending lots of time in nature being active (3) using science and technology on a daily basis to increase our knowledge of and ability to work with nature.

Who is your role model?

My role model is a forester here in Terrace by the name of Fred Philpot. Fred has been a forester in BC for over 50 years and continues working to improve forest management practices in the province. Fred and a number of other people are responsible for preserving the old growth forest along the banks of the Lakelse River near ‘Herman’s Hole’. It is Fred’s commitment to finding out truth and doing what is right that makes him my role model.

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CHELSEA FLADHAMER, BSC, RTR - MEDICAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (X-RAY TECH) AND MAMMOGRAM TECH, KITIMAT GENERAL HOSPITAL  (KITIMAT)

Chelsea Fladhamer was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Terrace, BC.  She received her Diploma in Medical Radiologic Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, AB in 2006.  She also further studied at BCIT, Vancouver, BC in 2007, by distance education, and received her qualifications for Mammography.  Upon graduating, Chelsea took her first job back in her hometown of Terrace, BC.  She worked a position that required her to work 50% in Terrace and 50% in Kitimat.  Chelsea worked in general x-ray, CT, and mammography.  She now works full time (100%) in Kitimat, BC where she is the Head of the Mammography program and also does general x-ray.

How did you feel about science in high school?

The sciences were always my strong point in high school and College.  I wasfascinated with the human body and all of its functions.  I always knew I wanted to further study in the field of Biology and becoming an x-ray tech seemed fitting.   

What do you love about your job?

I love many things about my job but one major thing that I always point out is... if you have a love for working with people... but only want to deal with them in small bursts and on a not so personal scale, then an x-ray tech is a fantastic field.  You get the 1 on 1 interactions but only generally for 2-10 minutes at a time.  You also get to see some pretty amazing bone fractures (breaks)!!!

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I get the honor of positioning people in various ways in order to get the most diagnostic view(s) possible of their anatomy.  Sometimes it’s because they have fallen and injured themselves and sometimes it’s just for a routine physical, sent from their Doctor’s office.  We also do portable x-rays in the operating room, on the patient care wards and in the emergency room for traumas.  We have a very broad scope of work and everyday, and every patient is different.  I am also the lady that gets to do all the mammograms (breast imaging) in town--- ask your Mom’s/Gramma’s about that one!!