Mentor Stories

Adesiji Rabiu, July 2013

“I ask my protégés to Take the Lead—articulate your strengths, skills and preferred outcomes/goals; and to Learn—be aware of the forces that may impact realizing your defined outcomes/goals. Realizing your defined and desired outcomes will involve making wise choices amongst alternatives.”

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Randall Kahrim, Spring 2013

“I’m impressed with the program. I really like the process of selection and pairing, and the materials set out the ideal scenarios for both the mentee and the mentor. My mentee and I get along very well.”

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Ishpreet Lamba, Fall 2010

“Relationships are always a two-way street. You always learn from another person. Mustafa, for example, offered many Turkish experiences and perspectives, highlighting differences in our cultures. If I have a Turkish client in future, I will be better prepared to talk to that person.” He found more than enough payback from his role as mentor to want to continue his volunteer role with ERIEC. “The organization is very much on the right track from a business perspective.” He applauds ERIEC’s screening procedures, the workshops and its hands-on approach.

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Maureen Halldorson, Fall 2010

Maureen said the orientation session really opened her eyes. “I got to see how other people think. That was invaluable. We all become so comfortable with our own way of looking at the world. It was refreshing to learn about other ways people see things.” The small group then began individual sessions, meeting weekly from January through April. The team covered everything from resumes and interviews to networking and workplace culture.

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Annette Bilawchuk, Fall 2009

Annette Bilawchuk chuckles now when she thinks of her initial reluctance in agreeing to mentor a foreign-trained professional through The Career Mentorship Program. As Manager, Planning and Engineering at TELUS, Annette has engineers from all parts of the globe on her team. She was in for a happy surprise, however, when she began to realize the difference she could make in a newcomer’s life.

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Jay Riat, Fall 2009

“Learning about the soft skills like effective communication is so important. The way new residents view things is very different from the way most Canadians would view the same thing. You can’t make judgments about people without understanding their perspective.”

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