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October 2021     Vol. 5
The Red Bench Women's Workshop Corporation
Monthly Newsletter
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In what felt like a blockbuster GoFundMe campaignwe raised $2750 in less than a month ($150 more than our $2600 goal). All donations were from family and friends - mostly Mack's awesome aunts and uncles, and Jo's too. An anonymous donor gave $1700! It was the wind under our wings that we needed to keep going.


We also received $500 from the Faculty of Chemical and Materials Engineering at The University of Alberta. That means that in addition to the grant money from the Edmonton Community Grant Foundation, we have raised $6,250 so far! That is 51% of our fundraising goals for 2021.

It has been incredible but wait, there's more! We were also given the opportunity to pitch The Red Bench to a large corporate sponsor. More details to come :)


The season may be changing, but our sights are still set straight on our ultimate goal - opening the shop! The Red Bench has seen some serious development over the past couple of months and we can't wait to share all of the updates with you. 

Between our classes and research, Mack and Jo have been in meetings, fundraising like wild, becoming grant writing pros, and learning lots about accounting and other $$$ related things. To say that we could write a small book on starting a small business in Alberta is an understatement. 

As we head into winter, we are working harder than ever to finish fundraising, meet with local industry and business owners, set up the shop space, and open our doors for the first projects at the shop. 

We thank you all for your support so far - we get so much love on social media and are super, super grateful for it! 


New feature alert! Mack had the wonderful opportunity to feature in the Canada-wide and industry-renowned Xiris Automation blog. As a past co-op researcher for Xiris Automation, Mack always felt supported and uplifted by the company and, most importantly, she felt her skills were valued. In this feature, Mack was interviewed by Aishani Mehra, a fellow female entrepreneur and full-time undergraduate student.

We think this feature differs from the others. With this one, you can read through Mack's whole metamorphosis from high-schooler to driven self starter and CEO of The Red Bench. She touches on her passion for educating, her thoughts on where the industry is headed, and even some of her tips for current welding educators. Thank you to Xiris Automation and Aishani for the incredible opportunity to feature our fearless leader in such an inspiring way. 

You can read her feature at the link below
Xiris Automation: Mackenzi's Journey Through Welding

We were interviewed by a magazine again, this time by the awesome Canadian Fabricating and Welding magazine. It mails out a metalworking magazine every month (and for free). Their articles cover everything in the fabricating and metalworking world, whether it be technical or industry related. Even better is their website, rife with interesting reads!
We will be in the December issue! Keep your eyes peeled!


Whether it be a hammer or a drill press, we are actively looking for tool and equipment donations to equip our shop. Currently, we don't have much and are happy to accept any hand tool as well as working power tools and used equipment, especially welding equipment!

Your donation will be used by local women to build cool things and further themselves in the trades. By supporting The Red Bench, you are supporting the community to make it stronger.

Shoot us an email to make a donation at


We made a short fundraising video for our GoFundMe and ended up with a nice little summary of our vision for The Red Bench. It is around a minute and a half and is posted on the homepage of our website. It can also be seen on our YouTube at Meet The Red Bench - GoFundMe.


Check out next issue for the answers (or you can email us for the answers sooner)!

 otlevag     xaeolteyycen     quneeptim   

Last issue word scramble answers:

community   shop   machining


We seek to create a low-barrier, membership-based space for women to explore a skilled trade on their own terms by providing access to a fully-equipped workshop. The Red Bench will provide tools, hardware, and consumables for use as part of a membership agreement. The first iteration of the shop will offer members access to basic hand, power, and metalworking tools with a focus on welding

The Red Bench aims to become a community hub that shapes a more diverse culture in trades and technology. We have a practical goal and a community goal. The practical goal is to inspire women to develop confidence in their technical ability, work with tools, make or build things, and pursue a hobby or career in a skilled trade. The community goal is to bring women from all walks of life to one place where they can be themselves, make new friends, mentor or be mentored, and share ideas.

Thank you very much for reading! Tune in next month for more from us at The Red Bench.


Mackenzi and Jolene

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