- Role Model -
Name: Ashley Brauweiler
Education: BSc Physics, Brock University; Certificate of Meteorology, York University
Hometown: Welland, ON
Current community of residency: St. John’s, NL
What does your typical work day involve?
My day varies depending on the weather or on location. I forecast throughout the day, provide radio hits to on the go, post on social media and then live at 6 pm.
What do you love most about your profession? Why did you choose this career?
I’m passionate about all things weather and love the connection with the audience. Weather is part of our every day, knowing what’s going to happen and conveying that to the audience is the best part! And I get to do fun things.
When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?
I’ve wanted to be a meteorologist since I was 5 years old.
What were your favorite subjects in school?
What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?
Most meteorologists find their passion for weather at an early age. It’s a science-heavy profession so make sure you take lots of science courses in high school.
Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?
It’s important that we break the mold. Science is typically male-dominated but it doesn’t mean it should stay that way. There are lots of opportunities for everyone in STEM and skilled trades and resources like this one are a great way to get the word out there. Knowledge and representation are key.
Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?
I watched a number of TV meteorologists growing up and always wanted to be like them. I even contacted one station for a tour and shadow day to make sure this was something I really wanted to do.
What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?
I love being outdoors. Hiking, camping, canoeing, and fishing is what I enjoy doing.
What superhero do you relate to most? Why?
Anything else you wish to share?
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