Birdie Devlin, from Foyle Springs, was rewarded for her work at this year's WOMEN'STEC awards ceremony for her ability to tackle household jobs normally associated with men. But the best prize for Birdie was proving that women are able to tackle the hard jobs too.
Birdie said her father had always been interested in DIY and all the children followed in his footsteps, but until she got her award, she never felt confident enough to do it herself.
She said, "He was the sort of man who could turn his hand to anything. When we were small he didn't care who was around him he would ask us to bring him tools and just watching him we all really enjoyed it."
Birdie was presented her award at a special ceremony in Maydown for courses that she completed during the year including plumbing, electrics and woodwork.
Since then Birdie has put her hand to all manner of odd jobs around the house and hasn't looked back.
Birdie said. "I really enjoy it. I was shy about being able to do all these things but know I have the confidence and I don't mind anymore."
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