Meet two of Okanagan’s very own female firefighters;
Issy Venables of Penticton and Allyson Reich of Vernon.
These courageous women opened up to Okanagan Woman about their lives and careers as first responder firefighters.
ISSY VENABLES was born and raised in Penticton, she is the youngest of three children. Issy describes herself as being a farm kid, who was always athletic and loved the outdoors. Upon graduating high school, Issy began to compete in freestyle snowboarding with Apex mountain being her home away from home. After a couple of years, she joined the development snowboard team for Burton and had a full sponsorship with Anon Googles and Gravis Footwear. After several cutting-edge years of competing and working within the snowboarding industry, Issy began to experience what she called a ‘burnout’, which in turn caused her to lose her passion for the extreme sport, so she decided it was time to move on and to pursue her next dream.