Meet Jelissa De Torres. Jelissa, aka @jellythecarpenter, is a carpentry apprentice in British Columbia, Canada. She is a regional representative for the British Columbia Centre for Women in the Trades and is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Build a Dream. On the weekends, Jelissa flexes her creative side by running a small business building products for local businesses and event planners/decorators. Her journey in carpentry started when she signed up for a Women in Trades: Intro to Carpentry course she found online. Although Jelissa was initially intimidated and hesitant about using power tools for the first time, she immediately fell in love and knew that this was the direction she needed to take. Jelissa is an advocate for mental health awareness and underrepresented groups entering the trades. She has big aspirations for the future and hopes to make the trades a safer and more inclusive, diverse, and equitable place.
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