For the last 18 years, Rita Cadoreth has been working at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, (AECL) in Chalk River. She began a career as an administrative assistant, where she worked part-time in various buildings throughout the site. This led to a full time position in AECL’s Protective Services Branch as a Security Officer. After five years of working shift work, Rita decided to see what the other areas on-site might have to offer.
Rita now works in her current position, as a Radioactive Material (RAM) Transportation Specialist. This job consists of performing various specialized duties including shipping of restricted goods and materials. At AECL, safely shipping Class 7 Radioactive Substances is the main objective. Over the last nine years, she has maintained the certification required to perform her job to the highest standards.
Stating that it’s the diversity of tasks that keeps her motivated at work, Rita greatly enjoys the day-to-day variety of her job, where an average day might include the hands-on packaging of materials up to doing the paperwork to ensure that regulations are met. Taking on new challenges keeps things interesting. Rita worked on developing and teaching a training program for other AECL RAM shippers, which she cites as being particularly rewarding.
Rita points to her kids as her career inspiration. She has always wanted to set an example for her children to become well-rounded adults, in the hope that they become a vital part of society. This motivation ensures that she always works to the best of her ability.
She believes that you cannot achieve success without errors, and you should not let the fear of failure prevent you from acting. Setbacks are inevitable but don’t let them stop you- it just means you have to turn around and find a new direction.
Through WiN Rita is looking forward to learning more about the nuclear industry and networking with new contacts.