Pioneer female surveyor loves her job

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Since Janeil Parrott could remember she had an interest in the skilled trade of surveying and today she is the province’s first female professional surveyor.

Parrot said that throughout high school she had a strong talent for math, chemistry and geography.

Janeil Parrott at her Graduation with her dog ‘best supporter’ also in attendance.

“Since grade 10-12 I was in the advanced math classes and obtained one of the highest averages in those classes.”

She went on to the College of the North Atlantic for one year to do the university transfer year – completing four math courses, two physics, and 2 English courses. Her average in the math courses was 100% each and from this success decided to go into the engineering field.

“Since I was 8 years old, I would travel to the coast of Labrador with my father, Neil, assisting him in legal surveys. Also as I got older during the summer months I would work for him at N.E. Parrott Surveys Ltd. where I grew to love my job.”

At first Janeil started out carrying pins and pegs for the crews and then she moved on to being a surveyor assistant using GPS and Total station under the supervision of the survey lead.

“I then moved onto being the survey lead and running my own survey crew and into managing projects to manage the office here in Labrador west. I enjoy the precision work involved with my career and working in the outdoors.”

Parrott subsequently attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton for 4 years where she received her Bachelor of Science, geodesy and Geomatics Engineer with cadastral Option.

She also passed exams with the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors.

“I then articled for 2 years with my father to get my license at the Association of Newfoundland Surveyors. I am now licensed and the first female to do so in the province while Newfoundland and Labrador was the last to obtain a female in their association.

The pioneer surveyor has also just recently received her professional engineering title that is another huge accomplishment for her.

Parrott is among a growing sector of the workforce becoming successful in nontraditional jobs. During the Skilled trades Conference for Women and Youth in April 2013, there were 613 female apprentices registered and forty female journeypersons.

The Honorable Joan Shea, Acting Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, has commented on Janeil Parrott’s achievement.

“We celebrate and recognize Ms. Parrott for her groundbreaking accomplishment and would like to see more women like her working in the skilled trades. Gender Equity and Diversity Agreements that mandate targets for companies in the mining and offshore industries are huge steps towards ensuring women can achieve these types of goals.”

The Minister of Advanced Education an Skills, Kevin O’Brien, felt similarly regarding the pioneering surveyor from Labrador.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Parrott this past summer and she is an example of how an underrepresented group in the trades can attain the highest level of success. The Government recognizes that women are playing an increasing role in supplying demand for skilled trades and that retention funding and initiatives specifically geared to women are having a positive impact.”

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, N.E. Parrott Surveys, University of New Brunswick Canadian Board of Examiners Association of Newfoundland Surveyors

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Fredericton

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