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Annual Spark Conference for Women’s Leadership & Career Development

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By , June 1, 2017

The annual Spark Conference for women’s leadership and career development occurred last month at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John. I had the pleasure of attending as an “Angel” attendee, representing career education for School District 60 (Peace River North).

Attendance at this event and events similar to this have shaped my vision for and execution of our district’s own young women’s career and leadership conference, which happened last week- Wednesday, May 24, at Northern Lights College. That event was called The Road Less Travelled.

Artwork by graphic designer, Bob Mack of Urban Systems; photography by Cassia Lawrence Photography

Credit: Cassia Lawrence Photography

The raising up of young women is important work. A regret I have about my attendance this year was that we didn’t have enough time to gather a group of young women from North Peace Secondary School or other district schools to join me as other fellow Angel attendees. In conversation with one of the members of the Spark steering committee, I learned that the conference would like to see more engagement from younger, school-aged women.

I often find that in this life, one never knows what opportunities might be available until one asks. The Angel sponsor program enables people who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference to put in an application in writing to have their conference fees sponsored by local industry leaders. A potential plan for next year would be to canvas local schools well before the conference to get high school aged young ladies to also put their names in for Angel sponsorship. We could then all attend together, representing School District 60.

(Thank you to Cassia Lawrence for permission to publish her photos on this site.)

The Road Less Travelled Young Women’s Career Conference a Wonderful Success

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By , May 29, 2017

The Road Less Travelled is a career conference for grade nine girls.

School District 60 experienced a unique, inspirational learning event for its young ladies last week, with the first ever The Road Less Travelled Young Women’s Career Conference.  Grade nine female students from across the district were invited to convene to listen to the life stories of local, female role models and gather career choice insights. After, students spread apart to different breakout room options before reconvening for a group networking lunch.

Northern Lights College graciously provided the venue space and the writing supplies for the students.  Recognition is also provided to the following people and organizations for helping to make the day a wonderful success.

  • Judy Kucharuk, Manager of Special Events, Encana Events Centre
  • Laura Prosko, Community Services Director, District of Taylor
  • Mayor Lori Ackerman, City of Fort St John
  • Rayel Cooper, Operator, Shell Canada Ltd
  • Rae Evans, Division Director, Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
  • Kristi Pimm, Co-owner, Alpha Controls
  • Alycia Calkins, Jasmine Giesbrecht, Alexandria Mackey & Selena Wiebe from MNP
  • Chelsy Cooper from Epscan Ltd.
  • Jenna Felske from Northern Lights College
  • Aimee McCrae from Northern Lights College
  • Pam Eales from the Industry Training Authority

If you missed the event and would like to see the program, please click this file, Program Handout – Road Less Travelled (Blog).

Judy Kucharuk hosted the event.

 

YES-2-IT popular in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John

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By , March 27, 2009

YES-2-IT Popular in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John
 

Students from School District 60 experienced the Automotive Service Technician and Esthetics and Nail Care Technology programs during the YES-2-IT event held at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

Students from School District 60 experienced the Automotive Service Technician and Esthetics and Nail Care Technology programs during the YES-2-IT event held at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

FORT ST. JOHN – More than 350 grades 8-10 students in School Districts 60 and 81 gained hands-on experience in Dual Credit programming available at Northern Lights College through YES-2-IT events held recently in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
 
YES-2-IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) is a joint initiative of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Ministry of Education. At NLC, YES-2-IT events provide students with the opportunity to learn about Dual Credit programs available on campus or through distributed delivery.
 
“YES-2-IT events provide the opportunity for students to experience potential education and job opportunities in a hands-on environment. The students get the chance to see the options available to them in their own backyard, and to begin envisioning what their career paths might look like,” said NLC’s recruitment manager Kristina Van De Walle.
 
A unique aspect of YES-2-IT is its focus on hands-on involvement, as students are encouraged to try out aspects of their selected programs through activities that are developed and overseen by participating program instructors.
 
Hands-on participation has increased in the past two years, thanks to contributions from EnCana and the ITA.
 
Last year, steel-toed, slip-on safety shoes were purchased by EnCana to allow students greater access to trades’ shops. This year, sponsorship from EnCana and the ITA allowed the purchase of hard hats, gloves and welding smocks, thereby allowing even more hands-on involvement. The event also received sponsorship from Northern Opportunities.
 
“EnCana was pleased to team up with Northern Lights College to help fund region-wide YES-2-IT events,” said Fiona Liebelt, EnCana’s community relations analyst for Fort Nelson and Peace Country. “EnCana has operations in the area but, more importantly, has staff whose families live and work in the area. Strengthening the communities we work in is of great importance to our corporation. We believe in safety as a fundamental of our daily work. To sponsor some of the safety equipment for this event was an easy decision as it aligns with our company principles.“

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