You Can Be Any­thing event a big suc­cess

Event in­clud­ing men­tor­ship spot­light on trades as ca­reers

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - TINA COMEAU THE­VAN­GUARD.CA IN­TER­NET TINA COMEAU

At eight years old, Xoe Nick­er­son knows what she wants to be when she grows up.

“I want to be a con­struc­tion worker,” she said, af­ter spend­ing the day Nov. 9 men­tor­ing in the wood­work­ing trades with Freshco blue-col­lar CEO Mandy Ren­nehan at the Ren­nDuPrat shop in Yarmouth. Oh, and she also wants to be a karate in­struc­tor a cou­ple of evenings a week.

The fact is, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what Xoe and other girls can be is end­less. And therein lies the mes­sage that was be­ing sent to young girls on this day: you can be any­thing.

The day was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ren­nehan, Frescho, Mat­tel and Bar­bie, and was aimed at em­pow­er­ing girls and plac­ing fo­cus on ca­reers that may not be seen as tra­di­tional for women – the trades. A con­struc­tion Bar­bie was be­ing cel­e­brated on this day – the lat­est in about 180 ca­reers the doll has por­trayed through the years.

Ren­nehan, who has been re­peat­edly rec­og­nized as one of Xoe Nick­er­son of Yarmouth got to spend the day men­tor­ing with en­tre­pre­neur Mandy Ren­nehan last week as part of a Bar­bie/Mat­tel ini­tia­tive called You Can Be Any­thing. On this day the fo­cus was on trades and see­ing more women be­come in­volved in them. Af­ter­wards there was a cel­e­bra­tion at a Pop-Up Party at the Yarmouth Mall. the top fe­male en­trepreneurs in a kind of, I would say, a North . this is just in­cred­i­ble,” Ren­nehan Canada, was thrilled with how Amer­i­can brand like me, that said at a Pop-Up Party held at the the day went. came from a small town and Yarmouth Mall. “The en­ergy is off

“The fact that we can bring com­bine us to­gether and see the charts.” a global brand like Mat­tel and these young girls in pink, happy . . See A WHIRL­WIND, page A4

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