Ullapool teenager sends a winning message for girls

An Ullapool teenager has designed a new poster to encourage young girls to pursue their career aspirations, no matter what their dream profession may be.

Chanel-McLeod

Chanel has designs on a career in the offshore industry

Working with Fixers, a UK-wide charity that supports young people aged 16-25, Chanel McLeod designed her poster with the message ‘Think it, Dream it, Do it’ and has approached local schools to display the motivational message.

The posters feature successful local career women who followed their dreams – an A&E doctor, a midwife, a firefighter, an adventurer and an agricultural business owner – and are aimed at girls aged eight to 11.

Chanel – who dreams of working offshore on an oil rig – has also started doing classroom workshops.

The 17-year-old said: “I have dreams of working offshore, which is not something most people would automatically have guessed. But it’s about chasing your dreams and that’s why I’m so passionate about my Fixers project.  My posters promote examples of adventurous and independent women.

“I want to let young girls in the Highlands know that anything is possible and that they don’t have to be pretty to be happy and successful in life.”

Kirsty Hunter, Fixers’ young people’s co-ordinator for the Highlands and Islands region, said: “The feedback from all the young girls and teachers who have learnt about Chanel’s Fixers project has been incredible. Everyone has been so impressed and inspired by Chanel’s idea and her passion to share the message to ‘aim high’. I really look forward to distributing the posters to as many primary schools in the Highlands, Islands and Moray as we can.”