FREDERICTON (GNB) – Karley Wiggins, a Fredericton High School student, is the winner of
the Skills Work! for Women contest to rename ongoing networking dinners that introduce high school girls to female mentors who work in skilled trades and technologies.

"I am happy to congratulate Karley Wiggins,” said Energy Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney, who is also minister responsible for the status of women. "Karley came up with the new name, Trades & Tech Gala for Girls, and she has won an iPad that will be presented to her at the next dinner."

That dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton. Those interested in attending may contact Kate McLean, project officer, at 506-453-8126.

Karley was among more than 50 students who entered submissions.

"Thank you to all of the creative high school students who participated," said Blaney. "I hope that with its new name, this initiative can draw in even more young women and inspire them to explore skilled trades and technologies as a future career path."

The dinners, first held in Saint John in 2009, were previously called Skills Work! for Women. They are intended to help girls in high school explore all of their options before making career decisions.

They are sponsored by Irving Oil; NB Power; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 37; Women in Nuclear, New Brunswick chapter; the Women's Issues Branch; Skills Canada – New Brunswick; and Enterprise Saint John.

LINKS:

●    Executive Council Office (Women's Issues Branch): www.gnb.ca/women
●    Skills Canada New Brunswick: www.skillscanada.nb.ca