International Women’s Day 2021 Melanie Taylor
Here at Trane Canada West are celebrating International Women’s Day! Get to know our amazing employees through their profiles.
Tell us about your role and what it entails? What do you enjoy about your job?
I am the Service Coordinator for the Trane offices in Saskatoon, Regina, and Edmonton. My position comprises many tasks; however, it all begins with receiving customer requests for service and scheduling the technician best suited to resolve the problem. I appreciate the variety of responsibilities my role offers and the opportunities I’ve been provided.
What is your background? (Where did you grow up, university you attended, why did you start working in the industry?)
I was raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. With few local opportunities, I moved to Saskatoon after graduating high school, and I attended business college. I worked in the medical field prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. After a 6-year motherhood hiatus, I returned to the work force. In 2015, due to company restructuring, I found myself in pursuit of a new job and was contacted by the then HR manager inviting me to interview for a position with Trane. Six years later, here I am!
What is your most memorable accomplishment?
At my previous place of employment, I was a recipient of the company’s Core Award which was awarded to individuals who best displayed the company’s core values and traits.
What advice would you give to another woman hoping to peruse a similar career?
Always be yourself. Lead by example. Commit to learning and growing.
What advice would you give to your younger self if you were given the opportunity?
Believe in yourself, and you can accomplish anything. Be the type of person who always adds value to the lives of those around you.
What is something you’re excited to be working on?
Outside of work, I recently began to assist people by creating, or refining, their resumes and/or cover letters. Sometimes they are returning to the work force, maybe need to freshen up what they already have, or simply don’t have one. With this being a prospective employer’s first impression of you, it’s important to present a great one. The opportunity to serve others in my community has been very gratifying.
This year’s theme for International Woman’s Day is #choosetochallenge which is about creating an inclusive world. What does an inclusive world mean to you as part of your role at Trane or individually?
To me an inclusive world is one where everyone is treated with the same respect. Everyone should be provided the same courtesy regardless of their gender, race, sexuality etc. I feel it’s important we understand the challenges people face, and equally vital, to recognize the privilege afforded to others. Inclusion creates a safe space for everyone -in spite of our differences – to be seen, heard, and accepted in our families, at our workplace, and in the community. Inclusion is a choice. Being different is not.
Stay tuned for our next employee profile.