Dying Light Collective // Women Builders

May 11, 2017

Last night Women of Moto attended the Dying Light Collective May Shop Talk, which featured women builders of all skills and trades! If you haven’t heard of Dying Light Collective check them out in the link below. They’re a group of solid people doing amazing things for our local community in Edmonton and supporting women while they're at it.  

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Lisa May

One of the women builders speaking at the event was @lisalemaymay who is a Conservator, Objects at the Royal Alberta Museum.  You may be wondering what kind of building happens at a museum and you would be pleasantly surprised! 

One of my favourite stories of hers was when she had to take apart a 1982 Honda cb900 custom motorcycle and she used the original tools that came with the bike. She calls it the circle of conservation. 

 What’s special about that particular bike is that it's Deborah Grey’s bike. She was the first female Leader of the Opposition in Canadian history. She rode that bike all over for her campaign speeches and in at parliament in Ottawa. 

It was sold to someone in Ontario and then eventually came back to Alberta into the Reynolds collection. The Royal Alberta Museum will have it on loan from Reynolds Alberta museum on exhibit to tell the political story.

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Lisa was kind enough to share a photo of Deborah Grey's Honda next to a '66 Mercury

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Nat Bak

Another inspiring woman to speak at last night’s Shop Talk; Women Builders was @nattsbak.  She is a journeyman welder and second year pipefitting apprentice. 

She has definitely faced gender stereotyping in her line of work.  Often her male co-workers ask her why she didn’t just become an accountant because they can’t understand why a woman would be in that industry.  

Nat has always been attracted to the non-traditional and takes pride in being able to build and create.  Not to mention the physical labour involved, whether it's free climbing a steel beam or spending 3 hours transferring a pipe from a crane to chain falls.  She loves it.  

Being a woman in the industry has been the biggest challenge of her career but she humbly fights back by smiling, waving and proving them wrong.