Shiela Conroy – Caribou

Shiela standing in front of a large tractor

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 35

Shiela is no stranger to working in nontraditional careers. She has worked in a variety of occupations, from farming to firefighting.  Her current position as a roller operator at Lane Construction Corporation introduced her to New Ventures Maine around 15 years ago when she became a Totally Trades! presenter. Totally Trades! is a conference offered by NVME for girls exploring nontraditional careers in trades and technology.  Shiela has participated as a presenter of the Heavy Equipment workshop session for 13 of those 15 years.

Her 19 years of experience as a roller operator provides a wealth of knowledge to girls who participate in her workshops.  Shiela says that she “loves her job” and passing on knowledge about being a roller operator. She feels that it is important to encourage girls to try new things.  Sheila advises everyone to “stick with things for a bit – you might experience a few bumps, but that’s okay.”

Shiela standing in the snowAfter discovering that NVME offers financial literacy classes, Shiela enrolled in My Money Works in 2011. To further develop and refresh her budgeting skills, she repeated the class again in 2017.  Sheila shares that NVME provided her with “guidance, hope, and direction” and helped her to “put her finances into perspective and develop a spending plan.”

Shiela asserts that she is “doing a lot better financially” and is happy to have cleaned up her medical debt.  As a result of setting financial goals in the class, she was also able to purchase a plow truck.

Her advice to others trying to clean up their finances is “don’t give up – if you fall, get up!” She says that her long-term relationship with NVME has “changed my life.” In return, Shiela has helped us inspire young women to explore careers without gender bias.

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Budgeting Basics2019-11-21 November 21, 2019Manage your MoneyOxfordWestern
My Money Works2019-10-29 October 29, 2019
(ends November 26, 2019)
Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide
Let’s Talk About Credit2019-12-05 December 05, 2019Manage your MoneyEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
My Money Works2019-11-18 November 18, 2019
(ends December 09, 2019)
Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
My Money Works2020-01-07 January 07, 2020
(ends January 28, 2020)
Manage your MoneyOnlineStatewide
My Money Works2020-01-07 January 07, 2020
(ends February 04, 2020)
Manage your MoneyPresque IsleNorthern
My Money Works2020-03-03 March 03, 2020
(ends March 24, 2020)
Manage your MoneyOnlineStatewide