Women in Construction Week is about raising awareness
of the many career possibilities available to women in the construction
industry. During this week and every week, we are proud of the PCL women who
are paving the road to construction for the next generation of female leaders. We
caught up with Carolyn Osadczuk, project manager, Buildings, and asked her how she
started in construction, what her dream project is, and how it feels to help
transform her city. Read her story:
Where did you start your career?
I started my career with PCL in
Winnipeg. I was hired as an hourly employee to be a surveyor’s helper on the
True North project, now known as the MTS Centre downtown.
brought you to construction?
A strong work ethic, a desire to learn
did you land at PCL?
I grew up in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and
during the summer before my final year of civil engineering I landed a job at
the City working for an engineer and former PCL employee named Richard. My hard
work, attention to detail and desire to learn, along with our discussions about
buildings and architecture, caught his attention and he thought I’d be a great
fit for construction. After I graduated, I returned to the City to work for Richard on a
temporary basis. That’s when he told me about a great opportunity to work for PCL
on a great project in Winnipeg. I thought I wanted to be an architect, so I
politely declined, but Richard remained persistent because he saw something in
me that I had no idea existed. After weeks of listening to him brag about PCL
and what an opportunity this could be for me, I made the call.
keeps you interested in construction?
It’s so dynamic, fast paced and always
changing. No two days are ever the same. I love the endless learning that comes
with the industry. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the project is or how
many you’ve been a part of, you’ll always encounter a new challenge.
your dream project?
I love being part of projects that
transform the city I’m living in. My favorites are the ones I get to enjoy with
my family and friends. I feel so much pride walking through a facility I’ve
helped build — even the challenges become good stories to share.
your favorite project celebration?
I love the team aspect of construction
— over the course of a project you spend more time with your team than your
family. You get to know your coworkers and their families through the stories
shared around the office. There’s no better feeling at the end of a job than
walking your family through your finished project, with the rest of your
project team and their families, to show them the results of all your hard
work, late nights, and yes, sometimes even tears. That’s my favorite kind of
you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
The most important advice is from a
video I watched as part a professional development course at PCL. As a mom of
three busy kids it resonated in my core: “Set your priorities and hold tight to
those priorities, because if you keep true to the things that are most
important to you, you’ll make the right decisions.” I wish I’d come across this
piece of advice 10 years ago.
a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was obsessed with
LEGO and wanted to be a professional LEGO builder. That should have been a clue
that I was destined for construction; however, until I set foot on a
construction site, I thought I wanted to be an architect.