Government of New Brunswick

Here are some success stories from New Brunswickers who've turned their passion into a career! Read about what they do in their jobs, what or who inspired them to pursue a career in their field, and their advice for students interested in working in their profession. If you know of a NB Success Story that we should highlight please let us know! Email us at web-edf@gnb.ca.

 

 

Check out success stories from fellow New Brunswickers!

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RCMP Officer

“Staying positive, determined, and confident, that would be my key to success."

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Vanessa Taylor
Industrial Mechanic

“If you can say you're genuinely happy with all aspects of your life, I believe you are successful. "

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Frances Grondin
Nurse, Lawyer, Commercial Pilot

Mrs. Grondin's father arranged for her to take a little flight; when she came down he asked her what she had thought. “I'm going to fly someday” said Grondin.

 

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Environmental Lawyers
"At the end of the day, for clients what really matters is that you do an excellent job, and that is gender neutral”

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Darcy Grant
ICT Consultant
Grant was one of the organizers of a group in Fredericton for Women in IT. The group is focusing on providing networking and mentoring opportunities for women in New Brunswick's ICT Sector

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Michelle Blyth
Apprentice Boilermaker
At 29 years old, Michelle is the first female boilermaker, as well as female welder, from New Brunswick to be accepted into the Boilermaker Local 73.

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Tara Griffiths
Apprentice Mechanic
Becoming a mechanic wasn’t the type of job that Tara thought she’d pursue when she was younger. At one point, she thought that it may be too difficult, but the more she was exposed to it the more she became interested in pursuing it as a career.

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Meaghan Seagrave
Commercialization Officer

“My interests were around physiology and human nutrition at the time and that's where I thought my career path was going to go,” says Seagrave who now works as a commercialization officer with BioAtlantech in Fredericton.

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Pamela Jardine
Electrical Plan Approval Officer
Independent and down-to-earth, Pamela Jardine went to NBCC in Saint John for Industrial Instrumentation Technology after high school. “I had cousins in construction and instrumentation who encouraged me,” said Pamela.

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Nina McCarthy
Fire Inspector
Nina McCarthy, who works as a Fire Inspector with the City of Fredericton, hadn't even considered a career in firefighting even though she grew up with it around her.

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Natalie Melanson
Informatics Specialist
Natalie Melanson got her first computer when she was 12 years old and has always been fascinated by it. “I was always curious to know how it worked,” says Melanson. “I even had my own website on geocities! It was basic, but for a 13 year old kid, it was lots of fun!”

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Colin DesRoches
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Colin DesRoches is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Colin handles patient care assessments, medications, and reports to Doctors and Registered Nurses. He started working only two days after he graduated!

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Paula Jardine
Maritime Surface and Sub-surface (MARSS) Officer
Growing up in Miramichi, Paula never dreamt that one day she’d be driving a 440 foot warship at 20 to 30 knots.

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Helen Tai
Research Scientist
Helen Tai always had an interest in science but admitted she didn’t have any concrete idea what she wanted to do with it.

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Michelle Martin
RCMP Inspector - Michelle Martin graduated with a BBA from UNB after growing up and graduating from high school in a small town. “In rural New Brunswick, the RCMP is always part of the community,” said Michelle. She added as well that friends of her parents were in the RCMP too.

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Jasmine Sanaee
Software Developer - Jasmine Sanaee moved from her hometown of Tehran, Iran to Fredericton to attend UNB in 2008 where she completed her MSC in computer science.

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Roxanne Regan
Welding Inspector
Miramichi born and raised, Roxanne Regan currently works as a welding inspector with Sunny Corner.

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Charity Bridges
Electrician - Charity Bridges is working towards her electrician’s license. She went to school at NBCC for two years, completing four sections, each followed by a certain amount of hours of experience she had to earn.

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Tina Siddall
Carpenter
Getting into a non-traditional job such as carpentry was not even a consideration for Tina Siddall growing up in the east end of Saint John in a rural setting.

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