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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.)

Announcing: The Road Less Travelled Young Women’s Career & Leadership Conference

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By , April 19, 2017

School District 60 is planning a motivational career event for young women in grade nine, called The Road Less Travelled, inspired by the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. We’re calling attention to the subjects of the underrepresentation of women in the trades workforce and women in roles that traditionally were held by men. We hope to inspire the next generation of women to be courageous in exploring their career options, and to not feel pigeonholed because of others’ attitudes or beliefs.

The theme to be explored during The Road Less Travelled is one on not being averse to failure as one traverses life’s path. Failures, when viewed under the lens of lessons learned, are arguably blessings. Life’s road twists and turns, oftentimes in unexpected directions.

The event will entail a keynote address as opener (Laura Prosko from the District of Taylor), followed by a panel conversation presentation moderated by Judy Kucharuk (Encana Events). Judy will be asking career questions of four female panelists who are experiencing success in employment fields historically dominated by men.  Other speakers will include Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman, Rae Evans of Investors Group, Kristi Pimm of Alpha Controls, Rayel Cooper (oil and gas), and Aimee McCrae of Northern Lights College.

  • When: 9:45 am – noon on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • Where: Atrium of Northern Lights College, Fort St John campus (near the lobby)

Please join us for a unique learning opportunity and a chance to come together as a community to engage with topics of social justice.  Please contact Bonnie Bridges at bbridges@prn.bc.ca for more information.

 

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