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Meet OFNTSC Engineer-In-Training, Amy Gollat

Today on International Women's Day, we're highlighting even more young inspirational women who are paving the way for women in STEM here at OFNTSC.

Check out the interview below Amy Gollat, and be sure to follow @OFNTSC on social media to meet some of our other incredible team members!

Q: As a young woman working in a STEM field, what would you say inspired you to pursue the career you're in right now?

Growing up, I always had a passion for math and science. When I learned that engineering was just a fancy combination of the two, I knew it would be the right path for me. I've been spoiled to live on Lake Superior for the majority of my life, and being on/in the water is where I am happiest. Getting into water and wastewater treatment really makes me feel that I am doing my part to protect the thing that I love most.

Q: Do you think it's important for women to pursue a career in STEM fields and why?

For me, I think it is important for anyone to pursue a career in STEM, but it is essential to make sure that you like what you do and that you're continually learning.

Q: What do you love the most about your chosen career?

I love going into the First Nations and meeting the people that put so much hard work and effort into providing clean water for their communities. It is so inspiring to see the water and wastewater operators in their element and I find that I learn so much more from them than I would at my desk. This is actually what motivated me to get my OIT certificates and licenses as well.

Q: How do you incorporate Traditional Indigenous or Ecological Knowledge into your work?

I find that the Elders and Knowledge Keepers have the most valuable information – it is so important to talk to them and get their advice and/or opinions before starting any phase of a project.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would probably just say "Don't worry about what others think and do your own thing."