This is my first blog and to be honest I am quite nervous about posting, but here goes........
I was born and raised in the UK and immigrated to Canada in 2007. It was strange to leave your friends, family and the only life you knew behind to start a new life in a country that you do not truly know. My husband had a job as part of his immigration however I had to restart my career again, in the UK I had worked for the local and central governments in a variety of positions however in Canada you had to be a Canadian Citizen to apply for these positions; this was not possible. So I needed a new career...
How did I start in construction? Well, I kind of stumbled into it. I started a position with an insurance restoration company as a Office Manager / Project Coordinator. I had no idea what insurance restoration was or what they did, however I was willing to learn. I began learning all about construction, how building materials were used and installed. I was good at what I did, managing multiple projects simultaneously and coordinating trades became second nature to me. I continued learning, absorbing information and working my way up the ladder. After 9 years and a change in management it was time to move on.
I remained in the insurance restoration industry for a few more years and moved into the mainstream renovation industry. It was when I took my last position that it started to become apparent why there are not too many females in the construction industry.
It did not matter how many great reviews my clients provided, or that the projects were delivered on time and on budget, or that I went above and beyond to prove a point. I was never going to a part of the "boys club". When my last employer asked me to take another role which was more office based, that was the moment I decided that enough was enough. I was tired of listening to my male bosses advise me that "the trades won't respect you since you are a female, leave it to the PM's (males)", or my personal favourite "there is a reason why females are not seen on sites". They were right, there was a reason and that reason was them and their small minded opinions and views!
Over the years I had watched my colleagues ignore their clients since they knew best on how to complete the project, or persuade them to use materials that were "more cost effective" so that their pockets could get lined with the savings. I watched as the ladies of the households were reassured that this was the way it was done, when you know it is not. I wanted something more, something more meaningful, something that I could go home at the end of each night and know that I was making a difference, this is where Amour Construction was born.
Why the name Amour Construction? Well, I'm passionate about what I do, and I want my clients to fall back in love with their homes. I want the company to break ground in the construction industry and for women who wish to pursue a career in construction. I want to build a company on honesty, openness and quality. It will be a learning curve, and there will be challenges, as there are when you start a company, but we are ready to work hard and are committed to make a difference.
Amour Construction will be your starting point for all projects, we will assist you with the design, material selections, build and warranties. We will listen to your wants and needs and ensure you that the quality and vision are met each time. We will be with you every step of the way, whether it is a small paint job to a new build, we will be there.
"The road to success is always under construction" - Lily Tomlin
I will be posting the latest trends in interior design, offering design solutions and recommendations and providing information on the do's and don'ts in construction.
I hope you enjoyed the first post, and I look forward to reading your comments.