Mind over Metal Welding Camp Brings Mothers and Daughters Together

Mind over Metal Welding Camp Brings Mothers and Daughters Together

A bond between a mother and daughter is like no other – it’s strong, meaningful, lasts a life time and is filled with memorable moments.

Recently, Esteem Women in partnership with the Small­wood Crescent Community Centre, held a Mind over Metal welding camp that was hosted by the College of the North Atlantic Burin campus and sponsored by the Canadian Weld­ing Association Foundation (CWA Foundation).

Five mothers and five daughters participated in the camp where they worked together to weld Christmas winter sled decorations.

Esteem Women’s Executive Director Mary Clarke said this camp provided the mothers with an opportunity to see and experience firsthand their daughters’ interest in the welding profession.

“This was a great camp. Everyone had a terrific time,” said Clarke. “Often times the first mentor girls have are their moth­ers and it’s important for them to see their mothers in certain roles and vice versa. This camp provided that opportunity and we’re fortunate to have such a great relationship with the CWA Foundation that helped us create this unique welding experience, and we appreciate everything they’ve done for us.”

Kelly Baker and her mother Kim participated in the camp and enjoyed working together to complete the designated proj­ect.

“It was a lot fun and I really enjoyed it,” said Kelly. “It was nice to show to my mom how to weld and use the different tools.”

For Kelly, this was her second time participating in the CWA Foundation sponsored Mind over Metal camp hosted by Es­teem Women.

“I attended the camp back in October and it was a lot of fun,” she said. “Once I heard they were hosting it again, and that my mom could attend, we both went right for it.”

Kim, who doesn’t use tools often, said welding with her daughter was a great experience because it allowed them to bond and work on a project together.

“We had a lot of fun,” she said. “This camp is a great way to learn something new and exciting. I would have never imaged I would try welding, but it’s actually a lot of fun. I’d attend another camp with Kelly for sure, it was a great experience.”

Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation, said these types of camps directly show parents that welding is safe and a viable career option.

“There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the weld­ing profession,” she said. “Not everyone realizes how vast the industry is, and how welding directly impacts our daily lives. There are career opportunities on the shop floor, as a weld­ing supervisor, welding inspector, welding instructor, welding operator or even in research and development. These types of welding camps are great examples of how to bridge the gap and show parents that welding is fun, demanding and re­quires a lot of skill. I’m ec­static that both the daugh­ters and mothers enjoyed their time and had an op­portunity to bond.”