Savonna technician wins Professional Achievement Award

Dawn McGrath recognized for her hard work at the 34th annual Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration.

ASTTBC President Bill MacPherson (AscT) presents Dawn McGrath (ROWP) with her Professional Achievement Award.

ASTTBC President Bill MacPherson (AscT) presents Dawn McGrath (ROWP) with her Professional Achievement Award.

BC’s 10,000 Applied Science Technologists and Technicians recognized Dawn McGrath (ROWP) with a Professional Achievement Award at the organization’s 24th annual Technology Awards and Recognition Celebration in Vancouver on Nov. 3.

“This award recognizes ASTTBC members who distinguish themselves in their field of technology or have made a substantial contribution to the well-being of the community,” explains ASTTBC Executive Director John Leech. “Dawn earned her Professional Achievement Award for 20 years and counting, of dedicated service to central and northern BC communities.”

McGrath started out in a dump truck constructing a lagoon for her First Nation, and became a Technology Professional to work in fast paced work environments, and the outdoors. She earned a TRU diploma in Engineering Drafting and Design Technology, and qualified as an Onsite Wastewater Practitioner. McGrath is now reading for a Master’s in International Construction Management through the University of Bath and BCIT.

Currently a Senior Construction Manager with the Skeetchestn Indian Band, McGrath has operated heavy equipment, surveyed and laid out projects, estimated, planned wastewater systems, and worked with the Provincial Emergency Program. She has done Civil projects with Breakout Contracting, and as an Assistant Area Manager for the BC Transportation Ministry.

McGrath takes pride in contributing her knowledge and skills to First Nations communities, and looks forward to developing and mentoring developing technology careers for others.

Established in 1958, the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia is the voice of Technology Professionals in the province. ASTTBC is focused on achieving professional recognition for technologists, technicians and technical specialists.

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