Professional Mentoring Program
Congratulations to the 2012-13 Professional Mentoring Program
'Mentor of the Year' Kim Leacy and 'Mentee of the Year' Huijun Chew!
Kim Leacy has been a strong supporter and contributor to this year’s Professional Mentoring Program. She has gone above and beyond to encourage her Mentee and contribute to others in the program and beyond. Kim is a Brescia graduate and currently works as a Registered Dietician at the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Thank you Kim for all your hard work and dedication!
Huijun Chew is a graduating Brescia student in the Food and Nutrition program who consistently went the extra mile to ensure the success of the mentoring program. Huijun shared her experiences and challenges and made connections with other mentors and mentees. Her mentor had the following to say "Huijun is a great and committed student who works hard to achieve her dreams. Throughout this academic year, Huijun kept great communication, made every effort to meet and was thankful for every little advice she received... I feel that I have learned to be a better mentor because of Huijun’s enthusiasm, knowledge and comments. I am proud to nominate her for this award in the hope that you see the potential in her that I do."
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.”
What is the Professional Mentoring Program?
The Professional Mentoring Program is an opportunity for a 3rd or 4th year student in any discipline to be matched with a mentor, who may be a Brescia alumna or community member. Mentoring is a great way to increase your communication and networking skills, help you prepare for your future career and transition into the professional work force, and an opportunity for you to develop your skills while learning from someone else’s experiences. You can expect to spend 4 to 6 hours a month to build and maintain your mentoring relationship.
How are Mentor-Mentee matches made?
Mentee and Mentor applications will be used to select pairings, to ensure the best fit. Mentees will not be matched to a Mentor based on career goals alone, and instead the entire application will be considered.
The mentoring relationship is not just about finding someone who has the job that you want in the future; the relationship is an opportunity for mentees to learn and grow from the experiences and knowledge of others, while feeling supported and encouraged. As we take careful consideration in matching mentees and mentors, we cannot always guarantee a match.
Who can be a Mentor?
Any female leader in our London community or alumnae community who would like to mentor a Brescia student and is able to commit 4 to 6 hours per month from October to April is encouraged to apply to the Professional Mentoring Program.
Benefits and Rewards of Mentoring a Brescia Student
- Enhance your own leadership skills
- Help develop your industry leaders of tomorrow
- Serve your community
- Develop new contacts
- Create a lasting legacy
How can I become a Mentee or a Mentor?
Applications for the 2013-14 Professional Mentoring Program will be available on the Opportunities Page for Mentors in June 2013 and for Mentees in August 2013. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Life Centre.
"Sharing your unique expertise and making introductions for someone creates a lasting legacy."