As a first year UA Steamfitter apprentice with UA Canada, Carley Rabbit is the first Pipefitter in her family. She is also the first person in her family to work on a major project at the new school in her community of Paul First Nation (Alberta, Canada) where she will be installing piping. There is so much pride that comes along with the contribution to a project that will benefit the community for many years to come. As a young Indigenous woman, being able to say that she played a role in the future education of the people in her community keeps her striving for success.
“It makes me proud because I am a First Nations woman of Canada, and I am proud of where I come from,” said Rabbit.
Rabbit’s father has been the biggest influence in her career thus far. He has encouraged her to pursue a career in the trades and supported her every step of the way. When the days get tough his inspiring words give her the strength to continue.
“It’s not going to come easy or be handed to you,” her father told her. “You have to go out and work hard for it. There’s going to be some tough days, but in the end it all pays off. It is all worth it.”
From playing softball and golf in the summer, to embracing art and photography, Rabbit keeps active in her community to inspire and give hope to Indigenous youth. She participates in youth and culture camps by sharing her story, showing support and letting them know they are not alone. She leads by example and proves that success comes with hard work and the accomplishment you feel when you are succeeding in your career.
Rabbit stated that building confidence in one’s work life is very rewarding. “I like to prove people wrong. As Indigenous peoples, we are succeeding in the trades, and in life. It is time to break the stereotypes.”
UA Canada has helped Rabbit by providing her with an opportunity to succeed and move forward in her career. The piping industry has influenced her day-to-day life by inspiring her to get up every day and work hard for what she wants to accomplish. As a professional in the industry, Rabbit is able to bring a diverse perspective to the table and is setting an example for those around her. On every new construction site, renovation or maintenance job you are sure to find piping professionals, ensuring a lifelong career for those who pursue a career in the piping industry. As a first year UA Steamfitter Apprentice,
Rabbit will have the opportunity to take advantage of world-class training, up-to-date high-tech education and career advancements through UA Canada that will keep her on the path to success.