While the number of women in engineering careers gradually increases, a major roadblock remains: the number of women returning to their careers after taking maternity or parental leave. COVID-19 highlighted the reality that the transition back to the workforce is especially challenging for women engineers as they balance the demands of family and career.
Now, the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Foundation is accepting donations for a new award designed to help women re-enter the workforce after parental leave.
The Tricia J. Cook Memorial Fund will be issued annually to support an outstanding woman in engineering or geoscience in BC who is returning to her profession after parental leave. The fund is named after late registrant Tricia J. Cook, P.Eng., a professional civil engineer who balanced her career while raising two sons, Adam and Sean, both of whom graduated from university with engineering degrees. Tricia passed away in March 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The $2,000 to $2,500 annual award will be provided each Fall to an Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrant who plans to return to their same employer within 24 months of taking parental leave.
The Engineers and Geoscientists BC Foundation is a registered charity that operates at arms-length from Engineers and Geoscientists BC. To donate to the Tricia J. Cook Memorial Fund, or any of the Foundation’s other scholarships, bursaries, or awards, visit egbc.ca/Foundation.
Photo: submitted by Anthony H Rice, P.Eng., P.Geo.