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Valerie Overend Collection

Media Type: 
Multiple media
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STEM Field: 
Trades and Technology
The collection of documents represents the work that Valerie Overend carried out in order to encourage girls and young women to embrace non-traditional careers. It offers insight into her advocacy work and the training she provided to women in trades, technology, science and engineering. This collection mainly consists of textual documents and videos. It includes publications, training programs, curricula, workshop materials, survey and reports, and essays.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Valerie Overend was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1953. During the 1990s, Valerie worked as a Red Seal Carpenter on commercial construction projects in the Regina area with the local Carpenters Union. Valerie had never met another woman on a construction site and knew that she wanted to do something to change that situation. She knew that women wanted to work in physical, creative, well-paying jobs but that they were limited by opportunity. She took advantage of her role as a summer instructor and moved into creating other programs for girls and women, maintaining the focus on career exploration in trades and technology. For the next 25 years, Valerie made her living expanding on that role until to her retirement.
1.09 m of textual records | 4 posters | 41 videocassettes | 1 CD | 1 computer disk | 1 object
Hosting Institution: 
University of Ottawa
Collection Contact:
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