2020 Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award: Cierra St. Germain

“I am confident this career will allow me to be me.”

The Joseph G. Doria Award award was established in 2013 to promote and encourage the pursuit of a career in welding. It is meant to support a graduating Canadian secondary school student who is entering a full-time welding technician or welding engineering technology program.

Cierra St. Germain
Sudbury, Ontario
Cambrian College, Welding and Fabrication Technician

From a young age, Cierra St. Germain knew that she wanted to work with her hands, so pursuing a skilled trade made sense to her. She attended an out-of-district high school—École secondaire Hanmer—where she could access a specialized trades program and try out a variety of trades, including electricity, carpentry, mechanics and welding. She excelled in this environment, consistently finishing in the top two of the honour board, in addition to being valedictorian.

“I really enjoyed the carpentry and welding experiences and continued to focus on those,” said Cierra. “In the following years, I gravitated to welding as my trade of choice and fell in love with the flexibility it brings!”

That experience sealed the deal for her, and she knew what she wanted to do for a career.

During the summer of 2018, Cierra worked as a welder at Carriere Industrial. This job provided her with the opportunity to have the true career experience of being a full-time welder. She continued her hands-on welding experience at Browns Concrete where she was introduced to angle welding, mig welds and started overhead welds. She enjoyed her experience with both organizations and benefited from the additional instruction they provided.

Cierra is a well-rounded athlete who enjoyed and benefited from the opportunity to represent her school in numerous sports. In fact, Cierra was the first female athlete to be awarded the Athlete of the Year Award in Grade 10, 11 and 12. She was also an active volunteer both in and out of her school: she assisted in coaching and refereeing different sports, and was part of the Athlete Association, We Care initiative, Graduation and Prom Committee, and social committee. She also completed more than 600 hours of volunteer work at several community organizations.

“I look forward to my post-secondary experience and future employment opportunities once I've completed my education,” said Cierra. “I am confident this career will allow me to be me.”

Congratulations on receiving the Joseph G. Doria Award, Cierra!