More About the People Behind the Products
Each ornament was designed by a collaboration of participants and working graduates in the Women’s Workshop.
The participants reside in Vancouver’s inner city and are women and at-risk youth, with multiple barriers to employment. A majority of participants come from various backgrounds with issues such as personal trauma, addictions, and homelessness. There are also single mothers and new Canadians looking to build a better future. Tradeworks provides training in life and employment skills, and hands-on work experience in the of trade carpentry. After finishing one or more of our programs, our graduates are ready for steady gainful employment or advanced skills training.
Toni Glick, once a program participant, now works as a lead designer and principal laser engraver in the Workshop. Toni came to Tradeworks in 2006 in search of training so she could gain employment to solely support her young child. Toni had previously obtained a two year graphics degree, but for many years did not have the opportunity to utilize it. While in her first Tradeworks program, she discovered that her previously underutilized skills would lead to an opportunity for self-sufficiency. Today, Toni now mentors and trains other women in the Workshop as well as those enrolled in other Tradeworks Training programs.