Clarisse, hailing from an Anglo-Indian family, defied familial expectations and societal norms by choosing a career in welding over a traditional university education. Despite scepticism and sexist attitudes in the male-dominated field, Clarisse persevered, becoming the first tradesperson in her family. Her journey, marked by resilience and dedication, reflects her commitment to breaking gender barriers.
Starting her career with a pre-apprenticeship certificate, Clarisse overcame initial resistance to pursue her passion for welding. Recognised for her technical skills, she earned the Vocational Excellence Award in 2016 and later secured a significant Women in Nontraditional Trades Scholarship in 2018. In 2021, she completed her heavy boilermaker-welder apprenticeship, defying stereotypes and biases.
Clarisse’s career achievements extend beyond technical expertise. Her proactive engagement in safety initiatives, community wellness, and environmental competitions showcases her commitment to a supportive work culture. As a Technical Process Specialist, she plays a crucial role in providing technical advice, bridging gaps between tradesmen and the mineral processing industry.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Clarisse actively contributes to her community, advocating for women in the industry and serving as an inspiring mentor. Her journey exemplifies determination, leadership, and a relentless pursuit of inclusivity.