Meet Sailor 1st Class Kayleigh Ferris, from Maple Ridge B.C., who joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) upon completion of high school.
“When my cousin joined the RCN and told me about all the cool things he got to do, I looked into it and fell in love with everything to do with the Navy.”
S1 Ferris is working as a communications maintainer onboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Winnipeg, based out of Esquimalt, B.C. The job is highly technical, and electrical-mechanical in nature, involving tasks such as electronic diagnosis, repairing faulty electronic equipment, and inspecting, maintaining, and installing electronic components.
“The Navy is more than just a job for me, it’s a career and lifestyle. I couldn’t imagine how my life would be if I wasn’t a technician in the Navy, it’s part of my identity.”
S1 Ferris says she loves her trade, and wouldn’t pick anything else to do as a profession.
“I absolutely love being a communications technician. Yes my job is demanding and can be frustrating especially when things break, but I wouldn’t pick anything else. Because I have so much equipment that I maintain, my days are always different,” she says.
“On this ship we have the most women in key leadership roles that I’ve ever seen. The Executive Officer (XO), Operations Officer, Navigation Officer. It’s really cool…