Stephanie: A story of drive

Fanshawe's story began in 1967. Today, it is one of Ontario's largest colleges offering diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year.

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Stephanie: A story of drive

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Fanshawe's story began in 1967. Today, it is one of Ontario's largest colleges offering diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year.

Driven to succeed in the traditionally male-dominated world of auto mechanics, Stephanie Keenan does not let stereotypes define her. A second-year Automotive Service Technician student, 20-year-old Stephanie is carrying on a family legacy by following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and uncle.

Stephanie “fell into” mechanics by being immersed in cars for as long as she can remember. “I have pictures of me as a kid just covered in oil working on cars with my dad,” she says. When they weren’t spending quality father-daughter time in the garage, they would devote weekends to poking around a junkyard looking at old cars or heading to races around Southwestern Ontario.

Whether she’s replacing brake pads, completing an oil change or fixing a suspension, Stephanie has discovered her favourite part of the job is the satisfaction that comes with working hard and a job well done. “The customer is happy, your boss is happy; it’s just an amazing feeling,” she says.

Stephanie is still contemplating what path she’ll take after graduation. She would like to work as an enforcement officer with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, inspecting garages and stopping trucks on the road to make sure everything is safe.

Wherever she ends up, Stephanie will continue to draw inspiration and strength from the words “Walk Tall”, a mantra that helps her rise above those who think a garage is no place for a woman. As a reward for finishing her first year of College, she got that mantra tattooed on the bottom of her forearms. “It’s a reminder not to worry about what the critics have to say.”

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