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Equity in the energy game – National Observer

March 25th 2024

A community network is helping African Nova Scotian, Black and Indigenous people train for jobs in the growing clean energy sector.

Rashelle Williams had studied travel and tourism and landed a good job with the Halifax Regional Municipality, but then the pandemic hit, and her entire department was laid off. She decided to reboot her career in a way that would benefit her and the environment.

“The energy sector is thriving. There’s going to be nothing but growth here, so why shouldn’t everybody have the same opportunity?” she says.

Williams retrained as a Natural Resources Canada-certified energy adviser (EA) through the Clean Energy and Equity Network (CEEN) and became the first African Nova Scotian woman to hold that credential. One of her classmates was Catherine Innes, who became the first Indigenous woman to hold the title.

Williams says the career change was daunting.

“When I started this program, I was a 32-year-old mother of two who had just found out one of her children had been diagnosed with a disability so, I had no reason to believe I could do any of this because of the amount of stress I was under,” she says.

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