Wickenheiser Inspires Huron-Perth Students

Over 300 secondary school students from Huron and Perth counties got to hear women’s hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser talk about making your own choices Friday afternoon.

The event at the Arden Park Hotel in Stratford was hosted by the Avon Maitland and Huron-Perth Catholic School Boards to inspire young women to consider careers in the skilled trades. And Wickenheiser pointed out, as with women playing hockey, it’s a bit off the beaten track, but clearly not impossible or even as unusual as it once was. Two former students from Stratford were already believers. 21-year-old Alex de Clerck is in the second term of her Construction Mantenance and Electrical apprenticeship. She explains she tried university and found it wasn’t for her.

She has family members in construction and that was where she wanted to be and she loves it. She adds her father supported her immediately but it took awhile for her mother to come around.

25-year-old Nikki Leyser was raised on a dairy farm and tried working in offices but didn’t enjoy it and is now entering year one of the same apprenticeship program with Ontario Hydro and is very excited about her decision. Both women encourage other young students to make their own career choices.