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Becky Campbell

Volunteer Firefighter - Otonabee South Monaghan Township, Early Childhood Educator - Sunshine Heights, Assistant Coach Women's Hockey Team -Sir Sandford Fleming College,

Becky's Story :

1.  Who are you ?  

My name is Becky Campbell, I am an Early Childhood Educator.  I work at a daycare in Port Hope called Sunshine Heights and I am a head teacher in one of the Preschool classes.  I also am the assistant coach of the women’s Fleming hockey team. In my spare time I attend classes at Kawartha Crossfit.

2.  Why did you become a firefighter ? 

I became a firefighter because I wanted to make a difference.  I wanted to be the one running to the emergency not away from it.  I have always wanted to become a firefighter, and give back.  Now I can give back to my community the one I live in.

3.  What is your best/happiest/proudest moment as a firefighter ?

My happiest moment is getting to be apart of this amazing department.  The support and encouragement I receive is remarkable.   Its like a family.  Everyone there is part of this department because they care and want our township to be safe.  When we go to a call and help our neighbours in need that is my happiest moment. When we can help someone who is having a bad day, or put together a parade to give back that is what makes me happy.

4.  What are you proudest of in your life ?

I am proudest of the women I have become.  I have worked hard to pass school, to get a good job and to become a firefighter.  Although I still have a way to go to reach my end goal of becoming a full time firefighter, I am proud of how well I have done.  Keeping my head up when times get tough.

5.  What is it like being a woman in a non-traditional career ?

It is challenging at times.  You feel like you need to prove yourself, like you are constantly trying do be as strong as the men are.  I am a competitive person and have always competed with my brother.  However after being apart of this department I have learned that as much as it isn’t a traditional career for women, women are needed.  There has been many calls that I have been to and been thanked because they were happy to have a women there for them.  We give a different perspective, a different way of doing things that I believe is beneficial.

6.  What inspires YOU ?

My friends and family Inspire me, especially my mom.  When my mom talks to her friends about me she always brings up the fact that I’m a firefighter.  She is proud of me and that pushes me to do better and to succeed.  My mom is a strong hard working women who has always told me things don’t always come easy. She is encouraging and supportive and in the end makes me stronger.

7.  What would you say to young women of today about life, jobs, dreams?

Don’t give up.  Life doesn’t always make sense and the road isn’t always paved but if you set your mind to something do everything you can to get there.  One day you will reach your dreams and it will all be worth it.