Conversation with Grandpa Leads to Joseph G. Doria Award

Conversation with Grandpa Leads to Joseph G. Doria Award

Sometimes in life all it takes is a one-on-one conversation with grandpa and the perfect timing of a Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWA Foundation) Mind over Metal Camp to change the course of one’s life.

For Rachel Winsor, 17, of Little St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and Labrador, that’s how it played out for her to become interested in the welding profession and the second recipient of the CWA Foundation’s Joseph G. Doria Award.

“When I was trying to decide what I was going to do after high school, I had it in my head that I was going to move away right off the bat to go to post-secondary,” she said. “My Pop and I had a conversation and he convinced me that I could benefit from being involved in a trade. He suggested above all else that I pursue welding as my profession. I began seriously considering welding and then completely by chance, the welding camp became available to me and I jumped on that opportunity to become involved in the welding community.”

“After participating in the CWA Foundation Mind over Metal welding camp, I was completely sold on becoming a welder. When I got home that evening after completing the camp, I was on the computer, I hopped onto the CNA website and I starting looking into the welding prerequisites. I realized that welding was something I wanted to do as my profession, it’s the most fun I’ve had in a while working on something. So, I applied for welding that night. I was also given the opportunity to take part in a second camp and that just fuelled my desire to be a welder.”

Being creative, working independently but also working as a team were all aspects of the camp Rachel really enjoyed.

“The thing that I enjoy most about welding is that everything you do has an element of a much larger project but at the same time, everything about it is fun,” she said. “Throughout the camp, the thing I enjoyed most was that over the weekend the girls that participated really bonded when we were working on the projects. The fact that everyone was able to work together and learn together in a positive environment was an amazing experience for me.”

The aspiring welding professional was not only inspired by her grandpa’s words of wisdom and hands on experience from the camp, her dedication and passion was the driving force behind her becoming the first female in Canada to receive the CWA Foundation Joseph G. Doria Award valued at $3,000.

“It was an amazing feeling - it felt good to know that all my hard work had paid off. I was also very surprised, when I had put in for the scholarship, I actually had no idea how much it was worth. So when the time came and I was called up to accept the Joseph G. Doria Award, I was ecstatic and very proud of myself.”

Attending CNA’s Burin Campus in the fall is just the beginning of a long journey of learning for the 17-year-old.

“I’d like to complete my program to the very best of my ability and do well in all aspects regarding the theory involved in welding,” she said. “After completing my program I would very much like to find a job in my chosen profession and continue to enhance my knowledge and abilities in the welding field. I’m also considering returning to CNA after finishing the welding program and working in the field to participate in the Welding Technician course.”

Executive Director of the CWA Foundation Deborah Mates said Rachel was the perfect candidate because her application showcased her passion to be successful in the welding profession.

“I’m very proud of Rachel’s accomplishments. She’s going to do great things in the welding profession,” she said. “Rachel went the extra mile when she applied for the Joseph G. Doria Award and that’s why she’s going to succeed – she believes hard work pays off.”