Newest Lions Member Gets Involved

New Lion Julie-Anne Baird has travelled extensively on her bike.

Westport Lions Roar

By Lion Bob Reddick

New Lion Julie-Anne Baird had visited Westport many times with her wife April on their motorcycles. “We just loved it here,” said Julie-Anne, “So when I retired, we decided to live here. We are happy and enjoying our new home.”

Julie-Anne is a retired rigger and industrial mechanic for former Stelco, Canada.  She started at Stelco as an apprentice for a rigger.  A rigger attaches loads of equipment to cranes or structures using shackles, cables, chains, clamps or straps, employing pulleys, winches, lifts or chain hoists.”  Load calculations are necessary for each load depending on the weight and distance of the object being moved, and the type of surfaces involved. “Moving heavy machinery from one building possibly through the roof to another could be especially challenging,” stated Julie-Anne.  Her job was to complete the calculations and determine the method and equipment needed in a move.

The largest lift Julie-Anne was involved in was the moving of a 425-ton torpedo car.  Torpedo cars are used to transfer molten iron from the blast furnace to the steel-making facility.  She did this job for ten years until the company was forced to lay off workers.

Fortunately, Julie-Anne was given the opportunity to go back to school and earned her papers to become an industrial mechanic. Her responsibilities were to oversee and fix industrial machinery.  

Lion Julie-Anne has a myriad of hobbies.  She is an avid woodworker and a competitive archer.  Julie-Anne enjoys what she calls 3-D archery.  It involves shooting at foam replicas of animals ranging in size from a full-size bear to rabbits.   An archery course is similar to a golf course, but instead of trying to sink a ball into a hole, you shoot a target, record your score and move on to the next target.

Another hobby Julie-Anne enjoys is trail riding.  It involves riding a dirt bike with extra springs and no seat over various obstacles ranging from boulders, tree stumps, loose gravel, mud, tractor tires and even large industrial wooden spools in a given amount of time.  If the rider exceeds the time limit, or if she puts her foot down called a “dap” she is penalized. To practice and prepare for competitions, Julie-Anne and April are in the process of building their own course. 

Julie-Anne has quickly been getting involved in Lion activities.  She has participated in getting the Lions’ Recycle & Reuse Sales Centre up and running.  In addition to joining the Westport Lion Club, she recently volunteered to help Westport Blooms in their annual tree sale.

Julie-Anne looks forward to serving our community in whatever way she can.  The Westport Lions welcomes Julie-Anne to the club and our community.


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