By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario — March 14, 2019 — When former Discount & Car Rental manager, Shawaz Rumzi, asked his three daughters what they wanted to do when they grow up, his two eight-year-old daughters, Marissa, and Aleena Rumzi said a dentist and a librarian. His five-year-old daughter Rielle said, “I want to be an automotive painter.”
For one day, Rielle was able to see what her dream career is really like.
When co-owner of CSN Martino Brothers in Toronto, Ont., Jack Martino heard about Rielle’s aspirations, he wanted to give her and her twin sisters the opportunity to test out the waters.
With some help from AkzoNobel paint jobber Dan Treschak and Centennial College, the girls were equipped with the proper suits and safety gear as well as paint that contained corn starch, food colouring, and water to practice with.
The shop’s autobody apprentice, 19-year-old Shanyce Neale showed the girls the ropes and helped them paint some of the shop’s scrap fenders.
For Neale her passion for the industry started in high school. In Grade 11 to 12 she completed a co-op and was placed in a bodyshop. It wasn’t until then that she realized she wanted to pursue a career in autobody.
As a woman in the industry, and with dreams to one day open her own shop, she carried on some words of advice to Rielle and that was to fight back.
“You have to want to hold your ground, you can’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it, or else it’s just going to bring you down. You have to fight back,” she said.