Working in the trades, no matter what your field is, it’s always helpful to have a partner alongside you — someone who has your back and can keep you smiling through the long, demanding days that are often part of the job. For Kaïla Gilbert, that partner just happens to be her sister, Allison Gilbert.
Allison, 23, and Kaïla, 24, are a taping team from Edmonton, Alberta, where their schedule stays jam-packed. These days, their work mostly takes them to large custom homes, but they’ve finished drywall in everything from office buildings to apartment complexes. The sisters told us that their father worked in construction his whole life, and soon after Kaïla graduated high school, a taper friend of his took the elder sister under his wing as an apprentice. Kaïla quickly found herself loving the work, and after about six months of professional taping, Allison joined her in the trade. Gilbert Taping was born.
“I think every site we go on, there's someone asking us if we're twins or not,” Allison told us. “We've gotten comments about it too, how it's great to see a team of just women, and find out we're not just working under a man — it's just the two of us. I think having each other has really helped. Kaïla has a bit more experience than me since she started before me as well. It's nice to have each other and then she'll just show me how to do some stuff. When we learn new ways to do things, we'll help each other out as well. Being sisters and being close, that helps us not really worry about asking questions and all that. We just grow into it together, I think.”