Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Cat Kelly is our new Director of Entrepreneurship Programming.

1) What’s your role at Yukonstruct?

I’m thrilled to be the new Director of Entrepreneurship Programming! I support Yukoners by running bootcamps, planning workshops, and providing feedback to help bring their business ideas to life.

Have a million-dollar idea but don’t know where to start? Email me at [email protected], I’m here to help.

2) What do you like to make?

When I’m not writing, I love to remake furniture and clothing. There’s just something magical about turning unwanted things into unique pieces. I also love cooking, photography, watercolour painting, embroidering, and collaging. I tend to pick up a new hobby every few months or so, I love the rush of diving-in and discovering a new skill.

3) What has been your favourite project so far?

My great-grandmother’s mid-century modern dresser. When my parents moved out of our family home last year, my Mom wasn’t sure she wanted to keep it. Instead of painting it, I stripped the varnish and sanded the entire piece to reveal the most gorgeous walnut underneath. I got sawdust everywhere but a major success nonetheless– my Mom kept it!

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After

4) What advice do you have for other makers?

Don’t be afraid to share your passions with the world. Whether a business idea or project, we might be afraid to share about what we’re working on for fear of judgement– my advice is to not give in to that fear! Choose to share your big ideas with the people around you. Their feedback may be just what you need to turn a good idea into a great one.

Also, don’t be afraid to make a mess. Making is messy, and that’s part of the fun.

5) What are you working on now?

I’m working to get my children’s stories published. Do you know a local illustrator or publisher? I’d love to be in touch!