Taylor EdwardsVolunteer Firefighter - Otonabee South Monaghan Township
1. Who are you ?
Aaniin, hello! My name is Taylor Edwards. I am an Scottish-indigenous kwe (woman). I am a daughter, sister, partner, friend, advocate, youth worker, athlete, animal lover, proud community member of Hiawatha First Nation and I can never pass up a good dad joke. I like to be silly, smile and try to not take life too seriously.
2. Why did you become a firefighter ?
I became a firefighter because I have always been someone who likes to help people. Firefighting was something that was suggested to me but I wasn’t too sure it was my thing. When I was able to look at the many aspects of the fire department, be it education, emergency situations, role modelling and pushing my own self, I decided it was something that I could do for myself, help others and inspire other young women to do untraditional things in their community.
3. What is your best/happiest/proudest moment as a firefighter ?
I joined the fire department a month before my 18th birthday. The moment I am proudest of is when I was able to graduate from the recruit course. At that time, I was going to high school through the week, doing the recruit course training on weekends, all while still playing midget AA hockey and attempting to figure life out as an 18 year old. I am still proud that I was able to balance life of a teenager and being able to serve my community at the same time.
4. What are you proudest of in your life ?
The thing I am proudest of in my life has been the ability to make someone smile. Whether it be at an emergency scene, when I am at work with my youth or the everyday, a simple smile can turn someone’s day around. I simply try to use my ability to try to make someone smile everyday.
5. What is it like being a woman in a non-traditional career ?
Rewarding. Challenging. Empowering. Although it is historically a “non-traditional career”, many women, in many different “non-traditional careers”, before me have paved a way for me to be classified as a firefighter, not a woman firefighter. So that being said, I’d like to just see it be an option of career for young women coming up, not an “non-tradition career” option.
6. What inspires YOU ?
The what that inspires me is really the who. It truly is the fantastic, powerful, strong women that surround me in everything I do. I have always been surrounded by fantastic role models. Family, friends, teammates, co workers, and other women I have met along the way. You are what inspires me to be the best I can be and know that, as a woman, I have no boundaries to stop me from accomplishing anything I set my mind to.
7. What would you say to young women of today about life, jobs, dreams?
Young women in today’s society have such great opportunities in all avenues of life. I would say that any young woman should just do whatever their heart desires. Follow your heart and go with confidence. Be it go to school, be a mom, run for prime minister, firefighter, You do you girl!