Q&A with Carpenter Kelley Jeong
Kelley Jeong is a level 1 Apprentice Carpenter originally from South Korea. Driven by the feeling of accomplishment after making something with her own hands, Kelley is always on the hunt to create and design. Whether it is through photography or making furniture, Kelley is inspired by the potential to grow as an individual and contribute to the world, one small bit at a time.
Q: Describe what you enjoy most about the trades.
What I enjoy most are the skills I’ve learned that I will never forget! I love the sense of accomplishment I feel after making something by myself.
I always wanted to learn skills that would allow me to build my own house in the future such as renovation and demolition techniques, framing, interior design etc. I love to design and create things like furniture, chairs and tables. I never had a chance to learn carpentry before I heard about this program and I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop new skills, especially in a country like Canada where there is a very strong foundation of mutual respect within the trades.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in the trades?
I was inspired by the potential to grow as an individual and contribute to the world, one small little bit at a time. Not to mention my family whom I have much pride for as my uncle and spouse are both Electricians and have helped me along the way.
Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I do professional photography, travel and spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy reading books and writing blogs about my travels.
Q: What do you feel most proud of?
If you love what you do, you should be proud of yourself and those that love and support you. I love what I do, I am very proud of myself no matter what.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
I think I am going to be a very professional person in 10 years. Life is full of learning and I look forward to continuing to learn from this trade that brings me both challenges and fun
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