2013 Gala Event another Success!
The 6th Women as Career Mentors Gala Dinner held on March 5th at the Winnipeg Convention Centre was an amazing success once again! The Winnipeg Transition Centre in collaboration and partnership with the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation, were pleased to co-host the Gala. The event was well attended by 300 young and professional women who took part in the variety of activities that were planned for the evening. The Mentees participated in the Career Awareness Fair at the start where they had an opportunity to talk to a variety of organizations, public and private businesses as well as educational institutes to learn more about available careers and courses. Mentors and Sponsor attendees were directed to the VIP Lounge where they could mingle and network prior to the dinner.
Our evening started with the inspiring Rhonda Head, a mezzo-Soprano born and raised in Manitoba, who sang select pieces from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Rhonda was followed by the fabulous “Sagkeeng’s Finest”, winners of “Canada’s Got Talent”. Their lively music and unique dancing had everyone’s toes tapping and brought shouts and appreciative whistles from the young Mentees!
Opening remarks were presented by Diane Carriere, President of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation (HBOMF), followed by Eva Wilson-Fontaine and Tracey Ediger, Co-Chairs of the event. Sharon Blady, local MLA, brought greetings from the Department of Family Services and Labour. Sandra Delaronde, Executive Director for HBOMF, who shared a dinner blessing, spoke about the significance of this event to the community and the necessity to heighten cultural awareness. Our Master of Ceremonies for the 2nd year in a row, was Deri Latimer, Certified Speaking Professional, kept the evening moving along at a lively pace and introduced our Profile Speakers.
Our fabulous lineup of Profile Speakers included Tanya Brothers, a Manitoba Justice Lawyer, Tina Keeper, Cree activist, producer and former actress, Michelle Sawatzky-Koop, Co-Host of The Morning Show in Steinbach, music teacher and former Olympian athlete and Debra Woodgate, Civil Service Commissioner and recipient of 2012 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. The evening ended on a positive note with a Laughter Yoga session presented by Rolande Kirouac, an Essential Skills Trainer and Motivational Speaker.
We would like to thank all the event sponsors for their support, the Planning Committee and volunteers for their hard work, our inspiring Master of Ceremonies and Spotlight Speakers, the Entertainers for sharing their musical talents, the Winnipeg Convention Centre staff and last but not least, Event Planners Shirley Tillett, Dianne Casar and crew for their amazing ability to put this all together!
Dress for Success 2013
The 4th Dress for Success pre-event was held on Saturday, February 2nd at the Red River Campus in the Exchange and was attended by over 40 Mentees from a variety of schools and organizations! Lew Bayer, Canada’s leading Civility Expert, facilitated the workshop and led the girls through a practical hands-on session discussing dinner and social etiquette to prepare them for the March Gala event. Cathy Chapman, a representative from Mary Kaye Cosmetics, did a live make over session with Planning Committee member Chantell Quill and discussed appropriate techniques for applying makeup.
Thank you to our Sponsor, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, for providing the funding to make this event possible, Lew Bayer for volunteering her time to work with the Mentees, Planning Committee members Chantell Quill, Shelley Wilson, Ainslie Armstrong, Sandra Delaronde, Eva Wilson Fontaine and Tracey Ediger for their behind the scenes work, our Volunteer Jude Gaal, Photographer Sarah Blatta and Red River for hosting the event!
5th Annual Women as Career Mentors Gala Event a Huge Success!
The fifth annual Women as Career Mentors Gala Event was hosted on March 6, 2012 at the Delta Winnipeg. The committee is delighted to report that tickets sold out 3 weeks prior with over 300 Mentees and Mentors in attendance. The event hosted a Mentee Job Fair that showcased over 20 Sponsors as well as a Mentor Reception! Shirley Tillett, Dianne Casar and the rest of the staff from Shirley Tillett Associates, our Event Planner, provided exceptional support to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Designed to bring together young women with experienced professionals from a variety of sectors, this evening was an event of dining and career information exchange!
Career mentors provide their young female counterparts with information relating to workplace attitudes, skill shortage areas, and employment trends. Opportunities are available to discuss the challenges and barriers faced by women, as well as effective methods to overcome these obstacles.
Young women gain information that will help them to make career choices, and establish networking contacts in a variety of sectors and industries. Once introduced to the opportunities and support available here, women will choose to stay in Manitoba to live and work. We are anticipating that this event will continue to grow and are currently developing further activites that would involve both Mentees and Mentors.
As momentum built for our Women as Career Mentors evening on March 6, 2012, a pre-event workshop was hosted for a select group of Mentees. Winnipeg Transition Centre, in partnership with Manitoba Lotteries, hosted the 3rd Annual Dress for Success Workshop on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Elements the Restaurant located at 599 Portage Avenue.
The Women as Career Mentors Committee is proud to present our 2012 Winter Edition Newsletter, designed to keep past and potential participants informed.
For more information about Women as Career Mentors, please contact Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation at 204-391-3996.