On April 22, 2015, Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), a not-for-profit organization connecting industry leaders and the community, hosted a ‘Men as Career Coaches’ event. The evening served as an opportunity for business professionals to inform and inspire male secondary students with their knowledge of post-secondary destinations, occupational pathways and career options.
Part of the evening included inspirational videos, table discussions, as well as spotlight speakers sharing their stories with the audience.
“We are trying to bring people together even at an early age,” says Anthony Di Palma, Christ the King Catholic Secondary School teacher and attendee at the HIEC event. “To start building bridges and moving forward with a type of mentorship platform that’s going to build a better community.”
In addition, Halton Industry Education Council hosted the eleventh annual ‘Women as Career Coaches’ evening on March 26, 2015. Female mentors and career coaches representing all occupational sectors attended the evening to empower young women and inspire them to take control of their futures.
Students were able to hear stories from an ironworker, plumber, business owner, and even a female jockey; the first woman to ever win the Queen’s plate! The evening was capped off by keynote speaker, actress, wellness coach and author; Jessica Holmes. Her fascinating career pathway, diverse and relatable life experiences, and candid approach to addressing wellness and positivity made her a great candidate for this year’s keynote address. Learning from failure, not giving up, and the journey of self-discovery were powerful key messages presented to students.
Both career coaching events were thoroughly enjoyed by all students and mentors in attendance. Many thanks to the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) for hosting two spectacular events!