Mentorability Background MentorAbility 2016 engaged nearly 100 mentoring matches. This booklet has been created to share the employer and protégés perspectives of what the experience meant to them. Mentorability is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories. National Disability Mentoring Day is ofﬁcially the ﬁrst Wednesday in October but as a CASE (Canadian Association For Supported Employment) member, you can implement MentorAbility year round. www.supportedemployment.ca MentorAbility is a mentoring experience in which job seekers with disabilities (Protégés) are matched with individual mentors (employers or business leaders) – to explore career opportunities and what they need to get ahead in their desired ﬁeld of interest. People with disabilities (Protégés) who are actively seeking employment are welcome to participate and become matched with a mentor who is working in that speciﬁc career area of interest. Protégés will submit an application to their local coordinator who will then work to facilitate a placement opportunity. Any individual business leader who is interested in meeting a talented and motivated student or job seeker with disabilities is welcome to become a mentor. Mentors are working professionals who can dedicate time during mentoring day to meet and spend time with their Protégé. MentorAbility provides private businesses, non-proﬁt organizations and public sector employers with an opportunity to help promote the employment of people with disabilities, learn more about individual disability experiences, recognize talent and potential, develop lasting relationships with disability community leaders, tap into a pool of potential future employees and demonstrate community leadership. Employers can get involved by encouraging employees and managers to serve as volunteer mentors. The shared learnings from the day were evidenced by the ongoing relationships that were built between all the participants. Feel free to share this link with others and if you are interested in participating in October 2017 you can e-mail us at email@example.com Enjoy! CASE Board of Directors
Table of Contents Abbotsford Community Services
Communitas Supportive Care Society
Bethesda Christian Association Solutions Employment (Division of Delta Community Living Society) FSJACL
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Langley Association for Community Living
M.A.C.L Employment Services
North Shore Disability Resource Centre
InďŹ nite Employment Solutions: AiMHi
Community Living Society
Community Living Victoria
Albert & The Greater Vancouver Zoo Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Albert is fascinated with camels and hopes someday to open a camel farm. He particularly enjoys the story about the camels used by the three wise men who visited Bethlehem. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Barbara had already been approached by the Langley Association for Community Living to provide a mentorship for one individual and was happy to add a second to the tour, once we had contacted her. Barbara is the Education and Tour Manager for the Zoo, so was the natural choice to provide mentorship for the day. How did the mentoring go? Albert arrived on site at 10 am and was given an orientation tour of the Zoo where Barbara explained how the Zoo is run and what kinds of animals they have on the site. One of the highlights was a behind the scenes tour where they were able to see the menus for each of the animals and how the food is prepared to provide a balanced diet. Another highlight for Albert was to see one of the male lions be fed. Albert was only 20 feet away from the lion as he grabbed a chicken carcass out of a cardboard box, and then took his meal to a spot under a tree to enjoy. The main attraction as far as Albert is concerned was meeting the camels. He was able to pet two of the three camels at the Zoo, and Zookeeper Matt who looks after the camels was able to explain some interesting facts about camels, such as that they do not spit but slobber, shake their heads and cover you with saliva that way. Camels can also kick you from any direction, back, front, and side to side. After visiting the camels, Albert toured the rest of the Zoo, and watched the Jaguar being treated by the Zoo’s veterinarian and posed for a picture next to a Cheetah. Overall, Albert very much enjoyed the day and learned quite a bit about caring for not only camels but many other exotic animals as well.
Caleb & Triple Crown K9 Security Services Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Yes, Caleb expressed interest in learning more about security work as his brother has taken security training. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? They saw the beneﬁt to be an more inclusive employer and be active in our community How did the mentoring go? Caleb got picked up from his home in West Abbotsford to join the co-owner of Triple Crown K9 Security Services, Mr Mike Sweeney. They travelled together to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC where their shift began providing security All Star Wrestling event, “Girls Gone Wrestling”. A highlight for Caleb was when Mike noticed a couple of patrons who had snuck in alcohol and when confronted, promptly left the facility. Driving back after the event, they drove to and patrolled several properties around Abbotsford in the squad car. Caleb had all of his questions answered regarding security and how the training works and has determined to take the training necessary to become a security guard. Mike offered his assistance should Caleb have any questions when he takes security training.
Dustin & Fresh Ideas & Solutions
Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Dustin wanted a where he got to work with other people and in a warm environment. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Fresh Ideas & Solutions is an inclusive employer and MentorAbility lines up with their values and they thought it was a great idea. How did the mentoring go? Dustin spent his MentorAbility Day working at a candy factory. The shifts at Fresh Ideas are 4 hours long and employees work at several different stations.
Dustin will tell us more about the work he did at Fresh Ideas & Solutions… My ﬁrst job was to ﬁll the candy bags. We grabbed handfuls of candy from what staff there call “the candy mountain”. That’s correct I got to work with a mountain of candy. Once the bags were full I passed it to the scale to be weighed. The candy bags needed to be a certain weight and you had to either put candy in or take it out to get the right weight. Once the weight was the right you had to squish and squeeze out all the extra air. Once that was out you twisted the bag and ran the ends through a sealer to keep the candy fresh and then it was packed in the boxes to send off to the stores. Sealing the packages was my favorite job. The people and the boss were very nice.
Julia & Work & Play Clothing & Shoe Specialists Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Yes, Julia was looking for a clean, well lit store that was organized. She loves fashion and so Work & Play was the perfect ﬁt. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? They want to be an active member in community. How did the mentoring go? Julia sent her MentorAbility Day working at Work & Play Clothing and Shoe Specialist Store in Chilliwack. When Julia and I talked about MentorAbility Day we looked at a few potential job places that she wanted to check out. Julia choose to participate in MentorAbility day at Work & Play because she thought the people were nice and the store was organized and of course she liked their clothes. Julia has great organizational skills and loves to organize things. She also has a keen sense of fashion so a clothing store was a natural choice. Here’s what Julia has to say about her experience… I am greatly honored to have this opportunity at Work and Play Clothing Store! I give God the Glory. When I ﬁrst started, it was not what I expected but I like it and would like to ﬁnd a job working in a clothing store. I got to clean all the change rooms, clean the windows, and mirrors, sweep, vacuum, and dust, taking inventory of clothes, and tagging all new products, organizing all the work boots and shoes by size. The whole store is in Tip Top Shape! But there’s always something because people come and go. It is run by a small family and are joined by other companies. They are polite and respectable.
Mairin & Black Bond Books Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Yes, Mairin wanted to work at a book shop or a movie theatre. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? They want to be seen as an active member in community. How did the mentoring go? Mairin spent her MentorAbility Day at Black Bond books in Mission BC. Mairin did some dusting and organized the colouring book section. Trying to put the books in categories sorting them by type of books, Marvel or action ﬁgure colouring books, ﬂowers, mandalas, etc. Mairin learned how much the book industry has changed. The books do not need to be priced or labelled they arrive at the store with all the labels on. The store clerks then need to just put them on the shelves. One of the most important things needed to work in a book store is to be a good speller and know how to use a computer.
Gagandeep & Starbucks Coffee Company Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Gagan’s dream job is work at starbucks and particularly at the location mentioned above (as her friends and family visit that location in particular). Her goal was to taste her dream job including making a drink (which was not part of the mentor ability project as the employees need to be BARISTA CERTIFIED) Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Starbucks is an inclusive employer and wanted to be part of this great community initiative. Also we have been talking to the manager at this location regarding hiring Gagandeep for a café attendant position (seasonal) and the MentorAbility project gave them an opportunity to observe and work with Gagandeep side by side. How did the mentoring go? When Gagan arrived at Starbucks she was welcomed by Nabeela, her mentor and manager of the store. Nabeela started the training with introducing us to the history of starbucks, followed by coffee tasting (Christmas vintage 2016). She then talked about how and from where across the world do they get their coffee beans and brew it differently to get that perfect cup of coffee every day , every time! Nabeela then introduced Gagan to Taeya (Barista Attendant), who then showed her different jobs they perform at Starbucks and let her try the same such as dish washing, reﬁlling the condiment stand, wiping tables and chairs, greeting customers, changing sanitizing solution every 1 hour and resetting time for the same, reﬁlling cream and milk for barista attendants , ice bin reﬁlling, cleaning and sanitizing the washroom area, sweeping, mopping, taking out garbage and putting in new garbage bags, and food sampling. For food sampling Gagan chose the Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake. Taeya let her take out a few and showed her how to cut and serve. As there were still a few left after sampling customers in the store, she took Gagan to the ofﬁce next door to offer them food sampling. Gagan had a great day and learned a lot of new skills and tasks. This was a very successful match and both mentor and protégé hope it turns into a long and successful employment placement. 8
Gavin & Northview Apartment Reit Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try the job out Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Was asked to participate How did the mentoring go? Gavin was thrilled when Regional Manager of Northview Apartments Reit, Rennae, agreed to sign up for Mentorability and mentor him. Gavin was eager to see what was involved in being a Maintenance Worker. On October 4th he was able to try many of these tasks by working alongside mentors Kim and Chris. Gavin was able to help out checking apartment lights, appliances and water faucets. Gavin also assisted in stripping carpets and underlay and helped clean up debris and deliver it to the landﬁll. The mentors were impressed with Gavin’s work ethic. They stated he was very efﬁcient and hardworking and Gavin thoroughly enjoyed this experience. With the help of Northview Apartment Reit, Gavin discovered this would be a great position for him to explore further and he gives the credit to his wonderful mentors. What a great match!
Andrea & Smarti Pantz Did the protĂŠgĂŠ have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try the job out Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Was asked to participate How did the mentoring go? Danielle, Owner of Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing, was happy to mentor Andrea. Danielle explained to Andrea what it takes to run a store, from attending buying shows to unloading stock. She also reviewed some of the tasks that are required from her staff, such as creating displays, greeting customers and putting clothes out for sale. Danielle showed Andrea how to ring up purchases and Andrea had the opportunity to ring in a few items on her own. It was a great day and a great learning experience for Andrea, one she thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks Smarti Pantz!
Isabelle & Second Chances Thrift Store Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try the job out Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Was asked to participate How did the mentoring go? Marilyn at Second Chances Thrift Store was excited to be involved in Mentorability and be able to mentor Isabelle. During Isabelle’s experience at the thrift store, she was able to sort and wipe down shoes so they would look great for display and organize scarves and clothing to be set out for sale. One of the many highlights of the day for Isabelle was when she was asked to dress the mannequin for the store window display. Isabelle enjoyed all the tasks given to her and when asked about whether she liked the experience, she said “it was the best job in the world”! At the end of Isabelle’s mentorship, Marilyn offered her the opportunity to choose a new outﬁt as a gift. Isabelle was ecstatic to pick out a fancy new outﬁt for church. Thanks Marilyn for the fabulous opportunity!
Melvin & Roustabouts Restaurant & Bar Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try the job out Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Was asked to participate How did the mentoring go? Roustabouts, a local restaurant offered to mentor Melvin. Melvin arrived with a big smile and was dressed to impress. Melvin’s mentor was Prasad, the Kitchen Manager, who was happy to demonstrate all the tasks involved when using the dishwashing station. Melvin was shown as to where the clean dishes needed to be placed and the emphasis on safety, including proper footwear. At the end of the shift Prasad asked Melvin if he had any questions and Melvin’s biggest question of the day was “When do I start?” Prasad and Evelyn, Roustabouts Managers, stated they would be very interested in creating a partnership with the FSJACL and hire someone with a disability. This match created a paid employment position for someone through our Careers program! Thanks Roustabouts!
Stuart & Poppa John’s Pizza Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try the job out Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Was asked to participate How did the mentoring go? Poppa John’s Pizza, a new Pizzeria in Fort St. John, was more than willing to sign up to mentor Stuart. Owner, Kelvin and staff member, Evelyn extended a warm welcome to Stuart and when he arrived he was given a full tour of the pizzeria including all the different stations and coolers in the kitchen area. He was shown how to open large cans, prep vegetables and the proper use of storage. Stuart worked alongside Evelyn learning how to prepare Pizza crusts and Stuart was a natural. Together, they then created large pizza while Evelyn taught Stuart the proper presentation and hygiene in the kitchen. Stuart also learned the ﬁne art of making Garlic Knots and Cinnamon Bites. Stuart, who happens to love pizza, moved on to slice and box pizza’s, all the while with a huge smile. Kelvin then graciously gave Stuart his pizza creations to take home along with an authentic Poppa John’s hat and pen. Kelvin asked Stuart to bring him his Resume, which thrilled Stuart. This was a superb match.
Tina & Womens Resource Centre Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Try out new tasks Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Wanted to partner with another non proﬁt How did the mentoring go? Tina Tompkins, a women who loves to help others, was hoping to work at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Centre. The Women’s Resource Center was happy to accommodate Tina’s request for Mentorability Day. Tina was given many different jobs including, putting food on shelves, facing shelves and making the clothing racks tidy and orderly. Tina laughed and joked with her mentors Sirina and Pamela, she had a great time. They made her feel welcome and a part of the team. Tina was excellent at politely declining free items and has a great eye for detail. It was a great match and a wonderful experience for Tina. Tina didn’t want to leave, she is currently exploring a volunteer position within this agency.
Brittanny & Her Brothers Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Brittany has always had aspirations of being a singer. With that in mind, LACL approached Her Brothers to see if they would be willing to have Brittany come and watch a practice with the band. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Her Brothers love giving back to their community and when they were approached by LACL to provide a mentorship with someone who has always had aspirations of becoming a singer, they loved the idea and wanted to help. Brittany was over the moon when she was told she would get to meet the band! How did the mentoring go? She rocked it! It was like they were old friends, turns out they were. Brittany and Gabe Penner from Her Brothers had gone to school together. Gabe invited Brittany to a band practice. This was an evening that Brittany will never forget! Brittany has always had aspirations of being a singer on stage. Brittany loves, music, loves to sing and to write songs. To be a singer in a band is Brittany’s dream job. Brittany was invited to a practice session with the band Her Brothers – a Canadian alternative rock band from Aldergrove. Gabe and brothers, Josh and Levi jammed through their set list for Brittany. Meanwhile, their dad Jonathan introduced Brittany to the electronic workings of making music and how a mixing board works. At the end of the practice the band invited Brittany to sing with them. Brittany chose “I’ll be there for you,” the theme song from Friends. It wasn’t a song the band had been practicing but they found the key and Brittany and the band nailed it! The band presented Brittany with a Her Brothers T-Shirt and a copy of their debut album SHE. Oh what a night! Big shout out to Her Brothers for their participation in MentorAbility for Brittany.
Aman & Paw Street Market Did the protĂŠgĂŠ have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? I wanted to know what it would be like to work in a Pet food store and the things that they sold. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Paw street Market is connected to the community and is supportive of individuals that would like to know more about the business. How did the mentoring go? I was able to introduce myself to the staff. I looked around the store to see what they sold. We talked about the different treats that could be given to dogs. Before leaving, I looked at various treats and bought a few for my dog at home. I would like to ask more questions in the future regarding employment when I am ready. I had a good time.
Lindsay & Everything But the Groom Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Lindsey wasn’t sure what career path she wanted to take. During a community cruise, Lindsey took an interest at one of the stores, Everything But The Groom. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? When Everything But the Groom was asked if they would be interested in taking part in the MentoraAbility project, the business owner, Heidi, was more then happy to be part of the project. When Lindsey was introduced to Heidi it was like they knew each other before, and in fact they did! Heidi was Lindsey’s grade 7 teacher. How did the mentoring go? Lindsey loves beautiful things, so when Heidi showed Lindsey around the store and all of the wedding dresses, she was in awe! Lindsey was shown how they keep the dresses in order, they have a pink ribbon and a tag, and all the dresses are faced the same way. Lindsey soon realized, after hanging a few dresses up, how heavy some of the dresses are! You can get quite a work out here! After learning about the store and how things work Heidi asked Lindsey to pick out two dresses to put on the mannequin’s. Lindsey was thrilled! Lindsey “shopped” to ﬁnd the perfect dresses. After the visit was over, Heidi offered Lindsey to come back for a work experience where she would show Lindsey more of the “behind the scenes work”. Lindsey was quick to say yes!
Cameron & The Greater Vancouver Zoo Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Cameron loves animals, so when he was asked where he wanted to go for MentorAbility he was quick to say that he would like to visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Cameron said that he loves lions and wanted to know more about the care and feeding of them. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? LACL has an ongoing relationship with the Greater Vancouver Zoo. They also participated in mentorAbility last year and it was a successful experience for all. How did the mentoring go? “Safari Barb” organized the tour as a general information session and ﬁnished it with a visit to see where they prepare the food for the animals. Cameron even viewed Boomer, the lion, get his “enhancement”, which was raw chickens. The zoo keeper explained that enhancements are used to ensure animals will cooperate in case of an emergency. Cameron thought it was interesting to watch the zoo keeper put the chickens in boxes, and how the lion didn’t tear it open and eat it quickly. Instead, Boomer took the box and hid it under a tree and slowly ate it, savouring each bite! Cameron enjoyed his time at the zoo and will share his stories with family and friends.
Chelsi & McDonalds Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? I was curious about working at McDonalds and the things I would be doing if I got a job there Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? How did the mentoring go?
work at McDonalds.
I toured the kitchen and they showed me how they make the food. They showed me how the machines worked. They told me about the uniforms that they wear, what my starting wage would be, what types of jobs I could do and the length of the shifts. I got to meet another individual that works there that has a disability. I shook the manager’s hand. I had a good time while I was there. I would like to
Jaykob & TWU Athletic Division Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Jaykob loves sports and said that basketball is his faviorite sport and it would be his dream job to work for basketball team. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Aarron stated that he would be honour to participate in such event as Mentorability Month, and would love to highlights and the importance of community inclusion. How did the mentoring go? Jaykob was personally greeted by the players as he came into the locker room. The assistant coach asked Jaykob if he could get the water bottles ready for the practice. After this job was completed he took the water bottle down to the gym ﬂoor, where the coaches introduce Jaykob ofﬁcially to the team. From there was part of the huddle, and watched from the side lines. Jaykob was included in all the huddles and welcome to stand by the coach during the practice to understand how it feels to be in the heart of a game. After the practice Jaykob was grinning from to ear to ear, saying it was the best thing that ever happen to him.
Bella & Lynn Ellis Yoga Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? When Bella was asked what her dream job would be, her response was a Yoga instructor. She had been attending Yoga with her day program once a week and loved it. Bella’s ultimate goal for this mentorability was to try out the yoga instructor roll. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Lynn was inspired to participate because she herself understands having a passion for yoga. Lynn also has a daughter with a disability and was very understanding and supportive when approached about the Mentorability day. How did the mentoring go? Bella (pictured in the red shirt) was able to shadow Yoga instructor Lynn (in the pink shirt) in her dimly lit and relaxing, evening class, with about 10 participants. Bella was able to position herself right next to Lynn at the front of the class to see what it is like to have all eyes on her. The class was an hour long and ﬂowed through a series of yoga poses. Bella had no stage fright and was a natural at the poses when following Lynn’s lead. She was able to see how Lynn takes command of the room and is able to observe the participants form. On the way out, Lynn told Bella she was very impressed with how well she did. Bella was glowing with pride when we left! The next time you take a yoga class, look up from your downward dog pose and you might see Bella instructing you!
Heiko & Port Kells Nurseries Did the protĂŠgĂŠ have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Heiko has a volunteer position that he really enjoys, which is how Partners In Employment learned that he wanted to be connected to a nursery for MentorAbility. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? PIE had helped his friend Rachel get a job at Port Kells Nurseries, and when they approached them about bringing Heiko by to learn about the business and jobs at the business Stephanie, the manager was more than happy to oblige. How did the mentoring go? Heiko visited Port Kells Nurseries and was given a tour by Stephanie. She showed him all around the greenhouse and store. As it was approaching Halloween, they had a haunted house which Heiko was happy to visit. At the end of the tour we visited Rachel. Rachel showed Heiko her job, which was cleaning plants from the gift shop. Stephanie asked Heiko why he wanted to visit the nursery, he told her that he liked growing vegetables. Stephanie offered for him to come back in the spring, when they have vegetable plants. Heiko said he would love that!
Jas & Otter Co-op Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? When I asked Jas if he wanted to participate in the Mentorability Project he was excited and said yes. He told me that he wanted to work in a grocery store. Through the advice of Tami we went to the Otter Co-Op and spoke to the Supervisor and she said yes. She set us up with the Store Clerk Supervisor Trevor Kowal. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The Otter Co-Op believes in helping out the community and giving opportunities to everyone and including people in the community. They were very open to the idea of having Jas come in to give him a work site tour. How did the mentoring go? On October 27th Jas went to the Otter-Co-Op to participate in the National Disability Mentoring Day. He met with Trevor Kowal, the Store clerk Supervisor. Trevor gave Jas a work site tour of all the various departments of the store and explained a little bit about each department and the tasks that need to be done in each department. Trevor introduced Jas to all the different clerks around the store and made Jas feel like he was part of the team Everyone in the store was very welcoming. Trevor explained about the different products they have and how proud they are for featuring a lot of local suppliers. They believe in the community and do their best to feature the suppliers whenever they can. Trevor then took Jas in the back of the bakery and we got to watch the clerks there prepare cookies made in the store. Jas enjoyed this part! The smell of the fresh baked cookies, who wouldn’t enjoy this department! Trevor showed Jas the recycling system that they have in place at the Otter Co-Op. They have a big cardboard crusher which Jas loved! They have also set up a system for all other recycling such as their organics. Jas enjoyed the tour of the Otter Co-Op and Trevor made an excellent mentor. Thank you Trevor , for taking time out of your busy schedule to show Jas around. 23
Jeff & Cranky’s Bike Shop Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Jeff has always talked about his bike and how much he faithfully maintains it. When Jeff was asked to participate in MentorAbility, Jeff instantly asked about a Bike Shop. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Cranky’s Bike Shop participated in MentorAbility last year and was more then happy to participate this year. How did the mentoring go? When Jeff comes in for his job search appointments at Partner’s in Employment he always’s talks about his bike and how he enjoy’s riding on a daily basis. Jeff faithfully maitains service on his bike; such as changing the chain, pumping up the tires, ﬁxing the brakes and washing it. Jeff also educates himself on the different kinds of bikes that bike shops sell. When MentorAbility month came; Partner’s In Employment staff instantly thought of a bike shop for Jeff. Cranky’s Bike Shop participated in MentorAbility last year and they were more then happy too particpate this year. Heath MacKenzie, the owner of Cranky’s Bike Shop scheudled a morning for Jeff to come in and get mentored around his Bike Shop. Daniel, Heath’s employee gave Jeff a tour of the bike store, showed Jeff all the different kinds of bikes, educated Jeff on what each bike is good for, took jeff to the back where they ﬁx the bikes and took him outside to the back where they store some of their bikes. Jeff was so intrigued with all the information Daniel was teaching him. Jeff was super happy that he had this great opportunity to get mentored around Cranky’s Bike Shop!
Jerry & Township of Langley Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Jerry wanted to know how to run for public ofﬁce, and he was seeking ways he could ﬁnd support to run for the next election. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Jack Froese has an open door policy to the constituents of the Township of Langley. How did the mentoring go? Jerry sat down with Mayor Jack Frose in his ofﬁce and for an hour the two discussed the elements and responsibility and being a mayor. Mayor Frose went over the process of city council and committee meetings. Jerry and the Mayor discussed the role of leadership and what leaderships mean. Jerry informed the Mayor that he is a self advocate for people with disabilities and explained the many committees he is on. Jerry mentioned he would someday like to sit on the Langley Township council and be the voice for people with disabilities! After the discussion, Mayor Frose’ s Assistant, Cindy Savoy, gave Jerry a tour of the City Hall focusing on the auditorium where city council meetings are held. Jerry was amazed! Jerry wishes to thank Mayor Frose for taking time out of his busy day to meet with him. Who knows maybe in the next election you will put your “X” on Jerry’s name!
Adam & Shoppers Drug Mart Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Adam loves meeting new people and showing off his customer service skills. He shops at Shoppers Drug Mart and always wondered what it would be like to work there Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? When Bryan from Shoppers was approached with the idea of mentoring Adam, he was more then thrilled to help! How did the mentoring go? Bryan showed Adam around the store and introduced him to the staff, they gave Adam nothing but hello’s and smiles. Bryan showed Adam how they put products away and asked Adam if he would like to give it a try. Bryan also asked to see Adam’s customer service in action if a customer asked for help he could help the customer, well Adam jumped on that and said “ubet”! Adam shined! He showed Bryan his stocking and facing skills and wouldn’t you know it, a customer asked Adam where a product was. Adam was so polite to the customer, Bryan was so impressed. Adam was having so much fun. Well by the end of the adventure Bryan was so impressed with Adam’s skills, he asked Adam if he would like to work at Shoppers. Adam replied “I would love to!” Adam now works at Shoppers Wednesday’s and Friday’s. A fabulous day for Adam!
Jordyn & Hannah Cummins Photography Did the protĂŠgĂŠ have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? When Jordyn had her intake at Partners In Employment; Jordyn talked about how she enjoyed photography. Jordyn even took a photography class. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Hannah participated in MentorAbility last year and enjoyed every minute of it; Hannah was more then happy to take another individual around Fort Langley and teach them photography. How did the mentoring go? Jordyn was beyond excited to meet with Hannah for her MentorAbility; Jordyn even had her own camera and was super excited to learn more on how to take pictures. Jordyn takes pictures on a daily basis; Jordyn takes pictures of her dog, her family and the scenery. When Jordyn met with Hannah, they connected instantly. Jordyn was so fascinated with all the different photography settings that Hannah was showing her. Jordyn practiced all the different photography settings by taking pictures of Hannah and the scenery around her; Jordyn was so thankful that Hannah showed her all the options with her camera. Jordyn was full of smiles walking around Fort Langley with Hannah.
Kailyn & Happy Critters Dog Grooming Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Kailyn is entering the work force as an adult and isn’t quite sure what direction she wants to go in just yet. However, she’s always owned a dog and loves all animals, so when one of our Champion Employers agreed to participate in MentorAbility Day, Kailyn came to mind instantly! Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Sandy is the owner of Happy Critters Dog Grooming in Cloverdale and is already an inclusive employer, hiring a job seeker from Partner in Employment. How did the mentoring go? Kailyn started off observing in the bathing room where the dog pictured above got a good scrub and quick blow dry. He was then moved into another area for further drying before his hair cut! Kailyn was right at home in this environment and she was even helping out warming up a small dog after his bath. Kailyn had the opportunity to watch a dog being groomed from start to ﬁnish, she saw this guy being clipped too. Quite the intricate process but he’s an old pro and happily received his pampering. Kailyn got a really good idea of what it would be like to work in a grooming salon, mission accomplished! Sandy was impressed with Kailyn and saw in her what she looks for in a good groomer assistant, so Sandy said if she would like a job there to let her know! Huge thank you to Sandy for providing this mentorship for Kailyn and for being an inclusive employer!
Rachel & Taylor & Sonshine Street Preschool Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? These lovely ladies are interested in a possible career working with children, so they were super excited when the opportunity arose for MentorAbility at Sonshine Street Preschool. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? She is very community minded and has participated in MentorAbility before. How did the mentoring go? Taylor and Rachel were welcomed by Jeanette, the owner, who introduced them to her staff and the children. There are three different age groups, so three different areas they visited within the building. They had the opportunity to help the younger kids get ready for outside play and to observe and interact with them in the playground. They also spent some time with the older kids who they read to and played with. There is always a lot going on in a preschool, so they both felt like they now have a really good idea of it would be like to work in the environment. So much so, that one of the girls has decided that’s not for her, and the other can’t wait to pursue a job with kids, this is what MentorAbility is all about!
Karly & The Mission Library Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Karly is an avid reader with a natural passion for ﬁling and organization. She wanted to learn about the different jobs and duties required to operate the library. Even though Karly frequently visits the public library, she still requested to spend her MentorAbility day at the Mission Library. Becoming a librarian would deﬁnitely be a dream job for Karly! Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The Mentor representing Mission’s library expressed the importance of showing the community the many things the library has to offer beyond loaning books. How did the mentoring go? Karly is an avid reader with a natural passion for ﬁling and organizing. Karli professes being a librarian would truly be her dream job. Even though Karly frequents the public library she has requested to spend her MentorAbility day at the Mission library. The Librarian, Sharon, welcomed Karly as a Protégé’ for the afternoon. After introductions, Sharon discussed the many jobs required to run the library and the qualiﬁcations required to ﬁll these positions. She also explained the diverse services offered to the community besides the obvious loaning of books; all while giving Karly an extensive tour of the different areas of the library. Karly, being a passionate reader, discussed the many books that she has read from the library and spoke about some of the new services that she would now like to explore. Karly being a passionate reader discussed the many books that she has read from the library and spoke about some of the new services that she would now like to explore. Karly was given the opportunity to alphabetically shelf a group of children books. She took the books and successfully put them in the order requested by the librarian. Karly was also given the chance to check in books from the returned cart. She scanned the book, and double checked to see if the bar code on the book matched the title and code on the computer. Karly caught on very quick! Karly was then shown the room where all the returned books accumulate overnight. She was shocked after viewing a photo of all the books spilling out onto the ﬂoor after a long weekend. Karly agreed that the library is an essential piece of our community and there is truly something there for everyone. 30
Jamie & Mission City Hall Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? He reviewed the 2015 MentorAbility booklet and after reading about the past protégé experiences he said he would also love the opportunity to spend time with the Mayor. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The mayor was involved last year and was happy to participate again this year. How did the mentoring go?
After telling Jamie about MentorAbility, he immediately signed up and said he would like to be mentored by our city’s Mayor and get to know Mission even better than he
Mission Mayor, Randy Hawes, agreed to spend the day with Jamie and what a busy day it was! Jamie started his day in the Mayor’s ofﬁce at City Hall learning all the tasks and duties required of the Mayor’s ofﬁce, learning of new networking connections and discussing personal challenges. Mayor Hawes showed Jamie the Chamber Council room where Jamie got to try on the Mayor’s robe, ceremonial ‘bling’, and sit in the mayor’s seat at the head of the council table. The tour continued on to the ﬁre station where Jamie was warmly greeted by Mission’s local ﬁre crew who knew Jamie by name from the many community events he attends. The ﬁre crew showed Jamie around the ﬁre station and gave him the opportunity to navigate the extension ladder controls to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Jamie then went on a ﬁrst class tour of Mission with the Mayor from the passenger seat of a ﬁre truck. The day ended with Mayor Hawes treating Jamie to a late lunch at the Blackberry Kitchen Café. Jamie and Mayor Hawes further connected discussing Jamie’s extensive community involvement, sports, employment at the Mission Record and also his future employment goals. The last surprise of the day included some great District of Mission souvenirs. Jamie described the day as a day he would “never forget!” 31
Ronnie & Mission Anglican Church Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? When asked what his dream job would be, Ronnie knew the answer right away. He said his dream job was to work in Church and was very happy to learn he could get mentored by a reverend/pastor. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The Reverend Paul Bowie wanted to be a part of giving back to the community and sharing about his experience in a leadership role with his congregation. How did the mentoring go? Ronnie began his day by meeting with Reverend Paul early Sunday morning. He heard about all the tasks required for preparing the Sunday service. Reverend Paul asked if he would like to be a part of the procession and carry the cross. Ronnie said he would “be honored” to be the cross bearer. During the service Ronnie participated in Holy Communion, sang hymns, and listened to some Bible reading and the weekly sermon. When the sermon ended, Ronnie carried back the cross together with the other processional members, assisted in extinguishing the candles and helped put away the remaining items. After the service, Reverend Paul sat down with Ronnie and talked about his journey in becoming a Reverend and what is all required in order to become a Reverend. He also described the additional work he carries out for the church, introduced him to other church & leadership members, and informed him of alternative leadership roles (volunteer and paid) within the church. Ronnie ended his day by thanking Reverend Paul, shaking his hand and telling him he was very grateful for the opportunity to have a mentoring experience at the Church.
Wayan & North Shore News Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? To write an article about an issue of interest to him. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? North Shore News is a community institution in its involvement with in community affairs, events; and has been a strong community presence on the North Shore since December 1969. It is hard to imagine the North Shore News not participating in any community affair. How did the mentoring go? Upon the initial meeting between Wayan Lantela and Layne Christensen, it was clear that there was a lot to talk about. We had the extra pleasure of interacting with not only Layne, but also one of the Vice Presidents from Glacier Media (the management company that owns the North Shore News) Tim Schultz. With my support Wayan was able to discuss several current issues in the mainstream news, politics in particular, as well as a current issue on the North Shore that he is dealing with personally; Homeshare. ‘Home sharing is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support. Home sharing may be offered by community-based agencies or directly by CLBC. ... In some situations, the home sharing provider’s family lives in the home.’ Home Sharing | Community Living British Columbia www.communitylivingbc.ca/individuals-families/support.../home-sharing/ Wayan explained what he had been experiencing in regards to seeking a favorable Homeshare situation on the North Shore; frustrated by the lack of available Homeshare he has been forced to seek it in far outlying districts, ie Surrey etc. In meeting with Layne and Tim, Wayan was able to present his ideas for an article to write for the ‘Other Voices’ column appearing in the North Shore News every Sunday. And in discussing his ideas, Wayan was able to select the topic that was most relevant to the community of the North Shore, and himself; and ultimately recognizing that an article on Homeshare would resonate more with readers of the paper. We met with Layne on one follow-up occasion, approximately 2 weeks later, and had a brief photo session, as well as a check-in on how Wayan’s article was progressing. He expressed his concern in regards to getting enough subject material down, as he had been experiencing trouble writing more beyond some introductory statements. Layne explained ‘writer’s block’ to him, and suggested that she send him another article that was to soon be published in the Other Voices column, so that Wayan could refer to it and perhaps model his approach from that. Wayan seemed reassured; and with my support we came up with some strategies to work through his ‘writer’s block.’
Tameryn & Phases Tanning & Beauty Salon Did the protĂŠgĂŠ have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate?
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How did the mentoring go? As a stylish young lady, Tameryn has often thought about careers in the beauty industry. Tameryn was recently paired with Laura at Phases Tanning & Beauty Salon in Maple Ridge. A tour of the salon quickly educated Tameryn that this salon offers numerous services. They include waxing/threading, facials, manicures/pedicures, hairstyling, tanning & so much more. Tameryn had the opportunity to see ďŹ rsthand that providing excellent customer service skills results in repeat clientele. Various roles & responsibilities were observed throughout her time. Afterwards Tameryn indicated that her favorite part of this experience was the chance to engage with the customers.
Kelly & Prince George Veterinary Hospital Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Kelly loves animals and has secured occasional employment at a dog kennel. Kelly is hoping to learn more about the animal care industry. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Prince George Veterinary Hospital accepts many students (Vet trainees) and interested people who are seeking the hands on experience in the ﬁeld. This company has incorporated this “teaching” culture into their work within the ﬁeld. How did the mentoring go? Prince George Veterinary Hospital is a full service companion animal hospital. Their commitment is to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of pets in the Prince George area. During their time together, Kelly and her Employment Training Specialist discovered Kelly loves animals and often talks about ﬁnding employment working with them. She currently works seasonal part-time at a local dog boarding business and also walks a dog for a community member twice a week. When the topic for MentorAbility came up, we knew the PG Veterinary Hospital would be the perfect ﬁt! Ofﬁce manager Heather and technician Brittney greeted Kelly on site October 13th and ready to have her see some very interesting things! Kelly put on a uniform then observed the anesthetic process as well as: a dental cyst removal on a dog, an ear cyst removal on a dog, ultrasound on a dog and lastly, Kelly got to stay in the surgical room to observe an operation on a bunny. What a day! Kelly had a fantastic day. She was captivated the entire time and asked vital questions! Brittney was a wonderful mentor: she is extremely knowledgeable and warmly welcomed Kelly’s positive spirit.
Kristen & The Child Development Centre Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Kirsten has been working with the Inﬁnite Employment Solutions team with her career planning goals. She scored very high in the child care ﬁeld and is hoping to gain some hands on experience within the career ﬁeld. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Kristen attended the Child Development Centre as a young child and when they heard she was interested in coming back to observe their work from more “adult” eyes they were thrilled to host her. This center is always seeking candidates that demonstrate the enthusiasm and eagerness to assist young minds that they strive for. How did the mentoring go? The Child Development Centre (CDC) has been enhancing the lives of Prince George, McBride, Valemount & Mackenzie`s children since 1967. They help children through services that promote the balanced development of their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and communication skills. During the discovery phase with her employment training specialist, we discovered Kristen loves being around children and treasures the energy they bring to her life. The Employment Training Specialist approached CDC for MentorAbility and they gladly accepted! Kristen joined Patti and Heather in the, “Stepping Stones” division of the daycare centre October 17th. Kristen had a full morning helping toddlers with play-dough, puzzles, painting and much anticipated, “circle”. Circle (everyone believes to be the BEST part of the day!) is an exploration of music, movement and storytelling which assists the toddlers in sorting and classiﬁcation skills. The toddlers couldn’t wait to do circle! We then went outside with other young groups to observe them playing on all the various playground equipment. Kristen said she loved the experience and the instructor wouldn’t let her leave until the centre’s volunteer forms were in her hand! Kristen is now looking into the Early Childhood Education program at College of New Caledonia. 36
Levi & The City of Prince George Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Levi loves to work outdoors and wanted an experience where he could learn more about those working environments. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The City of Prince George is seeking opportunities to assist people with diverse abilities and this was one way to demonstrate their commitment to an inclusive workplace. How did the mentoring go? Levi is a young gentleman who is interested in ﬁnding outside employment. Why not pair up with the City of Prince George to get an idea what life working outside will be like! We thought approaching Claire would be ideal as her primary job is prevention of weeds by maintenance, irrigation, plant selection and healthy turf. Levi met Claire at the city yard early October 19th. Levi put on reﬂective gear and was eager to start! He spent the day learning about needle safety, invasive weeds, collecting garbages, dump runs and even did weeding in a garden close under our famous “Mr. PG” icon.
Matthew & D Doolittle Pet Care Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Matthew loves his dog at home and walks him every day. Working with Amee, his Employment Training Specialist, Matthew quickly discovered that his passion could translate into different career options. He really wanted to try this one out ﬁrst! Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Danielle’s grooming business is growing and will require some more assistance for the future. She is seeking the right person to complement her business and wants to hire inclusively. She thought this might be a creative way to locate the right match for her business needs. How did the mentoring go? Matthew is a shy, quiet man with a big heart and a soft spot for animals. He was provided a MentorAbility placement with Dominique from D Doolittle Pet Care, a grooming and pet sitting service on October 5th. Matthew learned how to properly bathe and dry a dog, all while learning about the dog’s behavior. First, Dominique showed Matthew how she starts off this “doggie spa day”. She shaves the fur down (depending on what the owner has requested), cuts the nails, washes the furry canine and then dries him with large, warm, blow dryers. After the dog is clean and dry, Dominique then trims the fur down again so it looks nice and well kept. After showing him the ropes, it was Matthew’s turn to get some hands on experience! Matthew started by making sure the water temperature was nice and warm for “Jake”, hosed his fur down and washed him gently using his ﬁnger tips. Jake was very patient while Matthew learned and was an excellent client! Next, Matthew brought Jake over to the blow dryers and combed his fur while he was drying, making sure that Jake didn’t have any tough mats to work out. Matthew learned which brushes wouldn’t scratch Jake’s skin and which ones would best brush his tail and ears. After Jake is dry and combed, Dominique ﬁnishes by trimming the paws and face. Jake is now ready to go home. Matthew made a “pawsitive” connection with his mentor Dominique and his new friend Jake! 38
Karey & Scrap Therapy Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Karey has been working on a self-employment card making business and was hoping to gain some information about setting up her own company Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? The business owner, Kimi Orton, wanted to assist a prospective business person with understanding the business requirements, sharing her knowledge about fonts, supplies and free online resources to get her started. Self-Employment enthusiasts need to mentor each other to encourage more entrepreneurial spirit.
How did the mentoring go? Karey is a creative person who has recently begun looking into starting a small business making greeting cards. She had the opportunity to participate in MentorAbility and spend some time with Kimi Orton, the owner of Scrap Therapy on October 13, 2016. Karey met with Kimi at her home-based business, “Scrap Therapy” and was inspired by the creativity and Kimi’s love for crafts. Kimi sat with Karey and explained how her business came about, what the business does, types of classes, products sold, and how the business expanded and changed based on customer needs. Kimi provided great suggestions about making simple, clean and classic cards to appeal to a broader base of customers, having different price points, and shared information on free online resources for fonts etc. She shared her experience with different sales approaches including craft fairs and advertising through social media such as Facebook. Karey toured the store and had the opportunity to see customers coming into the store and met one of the instructors for the craft classes. Kimi explained where she orders her stock from and showed Karey how to spray die cuts made out of coffee ﬁlters, to show how inexpensive materials can make beautiful products. Kimi is all about inspiration and creativity and sharing her artistic abilities to encourage others to create - and that is exactly what she did for Karey! She inspired Karey to keep creating…and showed ﬁrst-hand how a love for crafts can turn into a proﬁtable business. 39
Tania & The Mackenzie and District Hospital Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Tania really wants to work with seniors and has been seeking opportunities that will gain her a valuable insight into this fascinating career. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Mackenzie and District Hospital has a strong relationship with AiMHi and the Work BC Mackenzie ofﬁces. Giving back to assisting people discover their dream jobs is within the culture of this diverse hospital. How did the mentoring go? Tania is a high-spirited and compassionate resident of Mackenzie. She is currently upgrading to receive her dogwood diploma at the College of New Caledonia. Tania has a dream of becoming a Care Aide assistant for adults who are in residential care. Tania felt the MentorAbility Experience at the Mackenzie and District Hospital was a great learning experience, and also very enjoyable. The long term care patients enjoyed Tania’s bubbly and enthusiastic personality. Tania asked the patients general questions about their family, the weather, their likes or dislikes, etc. Tania and the patients would avidly engage in conversations that usually resulted in laughter. Tania has learned about the long term care patients and their desire for more companionship and support to help make their lives easier and more comfortable. Tania has learned that some patients may need help getting to and from the kitchen, bathroom or bath tub, and how important it is for the patient to keep his or her dignity during these times. Tania has learned that by playing card games, board games, crosswords, puzzles, etc. not only is good for their well-being, but is also good for keeping patients minds active and alert. Tania learned this engagement improves their overall outlook on life, their self-worth and aides in their emotional gratiﬁcation. Tania is thankful for this MentorAbility experience with the long term care patients of Mackenzie. 40
Aaron & Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Aaron would like to be a wrestling announcer. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Scotty Mac works for Semiahmoo House and is very supportive of helping people with a disability achieve their dreams. How did the mentoring go? Aaron is an immense fan of wrestling and is thrilled that there is a local circuit; Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling. They bring in wrestlers from all over. Aaron spends time every day watching ECCW videos on his tablet and is such an aﬁcionado that he’ll do the announcing for each bout. When asked what his dream job would be, Aaron shared that it would either be to act on Broadway or be a Ringside Announcer. When told about MentorAbility and the opportunity to be mentored by Scotty Mac himself, Aaron was beyond excited. Scotty Mac is an icon to Aaron as he is the pinnacle of wrestling prowess; also the co-owner of ECCW. Scotty Mac invited Aaron to help with the setup, cleanup and of course, to enjoy the show at the October 15th Halloween Hell. As the setup became complete, Scotty had a surprise for Aaron and asked if he could introduce the opening bout coming out of the intermission. Aaron was jubilant and took his responsibility quite seriously, mulling the script in his head over and over. Each time Aaron rehearsed, he would add a line or two of extra drama. The tones and inﬂections in his voice belied an expert honing his craft, searching for the perfect way to pronounce his own excitement. The ﬁrst half was full of rampage and screaming, of people ﬂying all about, the athleticism of each, mesmerizing…the gore an added bonus. It was over too quick and the intermission was upon us. Aaron looked at us, conﬁdently excited, knowing he had prepared for this for years. When it came time to announce, the script was in his memory banks and easily twice as long. Confusion abounded as nobody seemed clear the queues and extras needed for the scene. Aaron did his absolute best and ultimately was drowned out by the hub of the crowd. He roiled afterwards, sure that he had blown his chance until Scotty came up afterwards saying what a wonderful job he had done. He asked that Aaron keep in touch as he would love to explore other opportunities. Thank you ECCW and Scotty Mac for a thrilling experience! 41
Joy & The Terry Fox Library Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Joy has a big passion for books, and always goes to the library with her parents. She has always wanted to see how a library works from an employee’s point of view. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Dana, one of the librarians at Terry Fox Library was happy to have Joy come in as part of the MentorAbility program. She helped set up the meeting between Joy and Lori, another librarian. How did the mentoring go? When Joy got to the library, she was greeted by Lori at the door. Lori introduced Joy to all the other staff and they were all very friendly to Joy as well. Joy spent the ﬁ rst half of hour of the morning in Story Time, where toddlers and their parents participated in songs and listened to a story. Joy enjoyed the songs as she also clapped along with the rest of the audience. After Story Time, Joy was shown the rest of the library by Lori. They had a nice talk about the different kind of books that Joy enjoyed reading. Joy was then given a cart of children’s books to help put away. Lori and Joy ﬁ rst started with holiday children’s books as Halloween just ended and a lot of the material was returned. Joy was shown the ﬁ rst couple times of how to shelf the books properly, and in no time, could do it on her own. After the holiday children books, Joy and Lori proceeded to put away children’s books, magazines, cleaned up the children’s play area and even put some new ﬁction books on display. By the last half of the morning, Joy even helped empty the recycling and organized children’s DVDs. Joy kept mentioning how proud her parents and grandparents would be when they ﬁnd out how hardworking she has been all morning. Before we knew it, the morning was over and Joy had helped a lot at the library. Another librarian came by while Joy was organizing the DVD’s and commented on her good work as well. Lori thanked Joy for her help at the library and gave Joy a reusable bag, some bookmarks for her and her family, as well as a pencil that could change colours when the temperature changed. Joy was delighted and had a great time at the library!
Joy & Reﬂections Books Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Joy loves books and would like to get a job in a book store. Joy wants to know what she needs to do to be able to do this. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Carole has been in business in Coquitlam for 28 years and investing in their community is a value to them. When Carole learned who Joy was and her passion for books, she was eager to help. How did the mentoring go? Joy arrived to Reﬂections Books and was pleased to meet Carole. Carole asked Joy for help organizing her greeting cards saying that it was so difﬁcult keeping the number of envelopes the same as the number of cards for sale. Joy worked quickly doing this task, pausing to appreciate the expressed sentiments. Some cards had princesses, others ‘Thank You’ or ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Get Well’. Joy was proud of the work that she had done especially as Carole was so appreciative. It was a big project weighing on Carole’s mind and she is grateful to Joy for the help. Carole next gave Joy a tour of her store, telling her about the products she carries, the stones, fragrances, jewellery and books of course. Joy learned about the store, how long it has been in business and what skills she needs in order to work in a bookstore. Carole appreciated Joy’s attention and interest and noted that Joy likes to work fast. Joy enjoyed the atmosphere of the store, saying that she liked that it was a small place where there weren’t many people. She felt very calm and liked the music and fragrance in the air. Joy could deﬁnitely see herself working in a place like Reﬂections Books.
Nicole & Chloé Angus Design Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Nicole wants to work in fashion, particularly fashion styling. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Chloé Angus wishes to help those who ask for it as much as she can. Also, Chloé has recently become paralyzed and is more aware of the challenges faced by those with a disability. How did the mentoring go? “That was the best day of my life…so amazing!” said Nicole as we left Chloé Angus Design. Nicole has long dreamed of working in fashion. It’s a very busy time of year for Chloé Angus but that speaks to the dedication she has to her community. She took a morning to show Nicole her Vancouver studio, explain how she partners with aboriginal artists across Canada and introduce her to the Chloé Angus Design staff. They talked about what they each love about fashion and it became clear they were kindred spirits. Nicole spoke of times where her Mom (Gudyun) and Sister would sew together beautiful garments; how Nicole’s grandmother made Gudyun’s wedding dress or when they would spend hours looking at and trying on the newest season’s wardrobe. Chloé is proud of her success and the time she has taken to build a resilient business. She has mixed formal training, with childhood passion and a lot of practice to get where she is. She shared the incredible experience of designing and making 9 wardrobes for the Premier in a 2 week span while also designing, fabricating and presenting the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) and Prince William a series of gifts that embody the spirit of British Columbia and it’s people. Chloé gave Nicole a great wealth of advice and support including, not the least of which, one of her precious spirit wraps. Nicole was honoured a glimpse of next year’s line as Chloé pulled out her sketch book…a must for any fashionista she said. Chloé suggested that Nicole focus some of her volunteer time in fashion (to build her experience and her name) potentially with one of the local fashion magazines as Nicole is most interested in styling. Nicole already follows many leaders in the fashion industry via twitter and instagram and is on her way to achieving her dream. Thank you Chloé for an inspiring MentorAbility opportunity.
Michael & The Crisis Centre BC Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Michael would like to use his fundraising experience to get a job doing fundraising that helps people. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Kyle is a leader in fundraising circles and the Crisis Centre raises over $1 million annually. Kyle is very supportive of others taking on this kind of work and sees many opportunities for Mike. How did the mentoring go? Mike has been successful raising funds for Variety and Salvation Army. He is proud of his success and as a previous Courage to Come Back award recipient, he is passionate about helping others. Mike dreams of working enough to be able to pay the bills, to bring home the bacon as he says. He and his Mom live together and he wants to ﬁnd ways of giving back to her as a means of thanks for the support she has always given him. Through Crisis Centre BC, Kyle Tiney has made himself available to mentor Mike and gave a him a great deal of inspiration and ideas to try. Kyle explained how he started by volunteering with an organization in high school like Mike had done with Variety. From there, Kyle grew to be one of the youngest Certiﬁed Fund Raising Executive in Canada and leads a team at the Crisis Centre to generate ~$1,400,000 annually. Kyle outlined many different fundraising strategies and helped Mike see the opportunities that he can make for himself. He suggested that Mike pick an organization that he either has a history with or that he identiﬁes with (Variety, Courage to Come Back, Fireﬁghters Burn Fund) and pitch them an opportunity to raise funds for them over a short period (I.e. two weeks). Mike can use this as a springboard to prove his fundraising ability and start negotiating contracts with different organizations. It was unclear how Mike could generate reasonable payment for his services and Kyle suggested to not shy away from basing his services on an hourly rate. With a proven fundraising history, Mike can attract business and bypass third party fundraiser companies. He would be a more attractive option to raise the funds an organization needs Afterwards, Mike left inspired, his mind racing through ways that he could help people. It was an incredible opportunity. Thank you Kyle Tiney and the Crisis Centre BC!
Michael & Paladin Security Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Michael wanted to see what it would be like working in the security sector. He has long been interested in police/ security work. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Paladin Security wants to be an inclusive employer. They are interested seeing how their open concept workplace can be a ﬁt for an employee who uses a wheelchair. How did the mentoring go? Michael and Ian worked together over three days to determine a set of tasks that would be suitable for Michael and valuable for Paladin Security. On the ﬁrst day Michael was welcomed with open arms. He met several of the Paladin Team Members including Senior Administration and members of their HR Department. Michael socialized and toured the facility to get a feel for the company. He was given a stack of papers and asked to sort them by location and by date. This was a physically challenging task for him that required maneuvering past his range of motion. On the second and third mentoring days, Michael was better able to use his skills. He used a computer workstation and worked on relabeling scanned documents of potential and current employees for Paladin. He was eager to show Paladin Security how valuable he was as opposed to telling them, so he worked as efﬁciently as possible on relabeling the employee documentation. Michael showed a lot of initiative and arrived early, up to an hour before each shift, so that he could get to know those at Paladin a little more. Michael thoroughly enjoyed being able to demonstrate his computer and social skills while mentoring at Paladin. Michael was a great ﬁt. He has a great sense of humour and helped keep the workspace light and jovial while also being able to focus and get his work done. Thank you Ian and all of those at Paladin for a great MentorAbility experience. 1
Kurtis & Brandon Gabriel Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Kurtis feels detached from his First Nations heritage and craves opportunities to learn and practice art like he had in high school. Kurtis wants to feel connected to his heritage and learn more skills about being an artist. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Brandon values giving to his community, especially helping someone become more closely connected to his First Nations heritage. Even with a 6 month old and a busy schedule, Brandon is eager to mentor Kurtis. How did the mentoring go? Brandon met with Kurtis to strategize what he wished to learn and experience. Kurtis explained how he loves to draw animals and people and showed Brandon his portfolio. Brandon gave Kurtis a list of supplies to gather (sketchbook, eraser, ruler, pencils and face shots of people that he wants to draw) and then they agreed to meet up again to do a project together. Kurtis’ Mom has said that he has become a different person now that he is working and being a part of all these wondrous experiences. He has had some rough luck in life and is very excited to see that turning around. When Kurtis and Brandon met again, it was a beautiful and warm November day. They met at the new Kwantlen Cultural Centre where the Kwantlen First Nations people hold ceremony and do community work. There is a long house, a presentation centre, ofﬁces and a large catering kitchen. It was ﬁlled with people and busyness. Brandon gave Kurtis a tour of the centre and showed him a drum he made for the community to use in the long house. It took two weeks of feverish work to complete. Brandon exclaims amusedly how nobody plays it though he also seems to feel greatly honoured by them. Brandon and Kurtis eyed up each other’s instruments and then sat down to work. Kurtis was given a tutorial on how to draw a human face, understanding the proportions of each feature. Part way through the tutorial an eagle called from what seemed like just outside the open door. It was loud and clear and we were compelled to get up for a look. The eagle was gone but as Kurtis went back inside, he said that his Dad was an eagle. A friend would later exclaim that it was reasonable his Dad would visit on such a special day. Once the tutorial was complete, Brandon asked Kurtis whom he wanted to draw. Kurtis had several photos and ultimately decided on Roberto Luongo. They worked together, mapping Luongo’s face and transcribing it to Kurtis’ sketchbook. Ultimately, there wasn’t enough time to ﬁnish so Kurtis beamed as Brandon invited him back the next week. In fact, Brandon offered to mentor Kurtis on an ongoing basis. He was amazed by the skills Kurtis had already and how quickly he responded to instruction. When Kurtis was learning how to draw an eye, Brandon remarked that it was the best eye he had seen a student of his do in two years. What an inspiring experience. Thank you Brandon!
Kurtis & Canucks Sports and Entertainment Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Kurtis would love to work for the Canucks but can’t imagine that’s a possibility. He wants to know how he can work towards that goal over the long term. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Kaitlin made it clear that the Canucks are very community minded and all employees within the organization take time to volunteer at various charities. Kaitlin identiﬁed with MentorAbility as the Canucks pride themselves on being an inclusive employer, currently working with BC Partners in Workforce Innovation (BC WiN). How did the mentoring go? Kurtis is a big fan and was in awe throughout the morning that he spent with Kaitlin and the Canucks team. Kaitlin spared no effort in making Kurtis feel welcome, starting by scheduling a half hour interview with their senior HR lead. Kurtis made clear that he dreams of working for the Canucks and knows that he doesn’t have much experience to show right now. Kurtis told the Canucks how he had just gotten his ﬁ rst job at Superstore and wants to show he can be a great employee. Kurtis was praised for his dedication and loyalty to Superstore and told that as he builds his experience to consider applying for a Canucks position in the future. The Canucks hosted a hiring fair at Rogers Arena the day before and were in need of clerical help in their HR team. Kurtis felt right at home doing tasks that they needed and Kaitlin was impressed by how naturally he took direction. The work was completed quickly. Kaitlin took Kurtis on a tour of the Rogers Arena facilities where he saw the busyness of their kitchen, the concourse needs, the media room where they control broadcasts/video before being asked if he would like to take in the morning practice. Would he!?! Kurtis adores the Canucks and their players; and to be a part of a practice at ice level, to sit in the best seat in the house, to ﬁst bump Markstrom and get a wink from his favourite player Miller was exceptional. Utterly stunning. World Class! As if this wasn’t enough, Kurtis was invited to meet Canucks Sports and Entertainment C.O.O. Jeff Stipec. Jeff bought him lunch while speaking to Kurtis about his dreams, passion and experience. Jeff has worked his way up in the organization and appreciated Kurtis’ dedication and expressed work ethic. When asked the ultimate question about if they are hiring employees to assist the players, Jeff explained how those positions require a great deal of proven commitment to the Canucks organization. Jeff isn’t one to rule anything out and is clear that he wants people who will put in the time to build expertise and demonstrate a passion/dedication for being on the Canucks team. We run out of words to describe the miraculous nature of this experience. Kurtis was overblown by their hospitality and meaningful dialogue about what being a Canucks employee is all about. He now has a clear picture of how he can become a Canuck. Awesome!
Devin & Andrew Weaver MLA Did the protégé have a particular goal in mind when they asked to participate? Devin has a passion for politics, and wanted an opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes in the legislature. The goal for her was to spend the afternoon with her much admired mentor, Andrew Weaver, to see what a day in the life is like for a politician. Devin’s full focus is to eventually have a career in Politics. She is currently upgrading in college, so she can pursue a degree in political science. Why did the business mentor participate in this mentoring opportunity? Andrew has known Devin for a few years now. He mentioned that Devin was fabulous when she campaigned with his Mother last year. He admires Devin’s passion for politics, and her devotion to volunteering in community events. He was more than happy to have her be his protégé for the day. How did the mentoring go? Devin started her day with Andrew in a day planning meeting with his staff at the Constituency ofﬁce. There they established their plan of attack for the day! As with typical politics, Devin learned quickly that no schedule is set in stone. The schedule that was set out for this day, was changed around. Devin reports that she typically has a difﬁcult time with change. In her own words, “It was okay though because I know politics is unpredictable”. Over the course of her day, Devin and Andrew led a tour of the Legislature for a Middle School class; they were going to have lunch in the legislature, but a pressing meeting was set up at the last minute. Devin was asked to observe, and she reports that she enjoyed listening to the meeting regarding our current minimum wage, and hearing the different viewpoints. They rounded out their day by travelling between different constituency ofﬁces, where Devin was introduced to several other key Green Party of BC members. Devin was excited to let us know how many people she already knew, and how wonderful her day was with Andrew. This was a wonderful opportunity for Devin to see the inner workings of her dream job.