Mentorship and Opportunities

Women in Trades

There is an upcoming "Women in Trades" event on April 26th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. This interactive online event will highlight opportunities in a number of careers along with OYAP/Pre-apprenticeship to better assist students to make informed career choices. In partnership with Build a Dream, this opportunity has been created for families to learn collaboratively about the many careers in the growing sectors. 

For more information about this event and to register, consult this We Build a Dream link for your convenience. 

Girls SySTEM Mentorship


We are Christina & Avery, and we are reaching out on behalf of Girls SySTEM Mentorship, a non-profit organization that aims at providing mentorship for students ages 12-18 so that they can further their STEM interests. We wanted to let you know about an amazing opportunity for your students. Girls SySTEM Mentorship provides a space for encouragement and aims to increase diversity in the STEM workforce by pairing girls, in grades 7-12 with professional mentors from a diverse range of STEM fields. In doing so, participants (mentees) can gain first-hand knowledge of STEM early on in their academic careers, which we believe is vital in building the confidence to succeed in the future. Our program is based in Toronto and Kingston but because of the pandemic, our program is all virtual thus we are extending this opportunity to all students in Ontario.


Below are some of the benefits of becoming a mentee:

·One-on-one mentoring with a professional STEMist

·Access to monthly workshops and events to explore and further STEM interests

·A platform to network with other like-minded individuals 


I am hoping that you would be able to promote this opportunity within your school, either through incorporating an advertisement in your class, having a poster in your space, or whatever means you are able to provide. In addition, we recently received a $10,000 grant by L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Program which will help us deliver more in-depth workshops. We have also partnered with Ada, a large tech company, to provide professional computer science and technology mentors for students. This is an exclusive opportunity we are offering this year for our participants. Students can learn more and fill out an application on our Girl system mentorship website. 
Applications are due April 15th, 2022. Use this link to apply.

Lastly, we have just launched our new Discovery Stream Program, where students in grades 7-12 can explore and build the unique skills & confidence needed to prepare for the career of their dreams. Our first discovery stream is Physics and will include 3 virtual workshops led by Perimeter Institute and the University of Toronto. After participating in all 3 workshops, students will receive a certificate outlining their skills and knowledge learned from the program. Registration for the physics stream closes April 4th.
Read more about our workshops.


Also, we’ve attached a few graphics that you can share with your students! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our program!



Christina & Avery 

GSM Mentee Coordinators
Girls in STEM poster

Virtual Black Excellence Club

Dear Students,

A new Virtual Black Excellence Club and Hangout will be taking place on Thursdays after school for OCDSB students in grades 7-12. This student-led space provides a culturally responsive and welcoming environment where African, Black and Caribbean (ABC) OCDSB students can connect.

Meetings will occur on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. on Google Meet. To join, please log in to using your OCDSB account. To receive the Google Meet code, you can reach out to any of the following staff members: Black Excellence Club staff leaders, Guidance Counsellors, Student Success Teachers (7-12), or your Principal/Vice Principal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] 

Student Professional Development Workshops

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board welcomes you to save the dates for the Student Professional Development Workshops. The OCDSB in partnership with the Pinecrest-Queensway Employment Centre and Employment Ontario is conducting a series of workshops to help students enhance their professional skills.

Here are the details of the sessions and the dates on which they will be held:

(All sessions will take place at 1 p.m.)

February 28, 2022 - Resume Building

March 7, 2022 - Applying Online

March 21, 2022 - Interviewing Skills

March 28, 2022 - Customer Service Training

April 4, 2022 - Personal Branding / Online Presence

These one-hour virtual information sessions will be held via Zoom and offer a great opportunity for students to learn key skills that will help them with their job search. 

Permission forms

This event is considered a virtual field trip, allowing for student absences to participate in a sanctioned event.  Please use the Parental Consent for Virtual Participation, inserting your school site and contact number (Note: please make a copy before editing the document).  This can be sent out using School Messenger or by individual educators.  The permission form can be used as a method to track student attendance at the school level.  

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

April 28, 2022 | 9:30am - 12noon
Young women in grades 9 through 12 are invited to the Techsploration Career Quest to explore careers in science, engineering, trades, and technology (SETT). During this free 1/2-day virtual conference, participants will hear from inspiring and motivating speakers, converse with professional women and entrepreneurs in skilled trades and STEM careers (Role Models) and participate in dynamic hands-on workshops.

This conference provides experiential learning and reach ahead opportunities linked to science, math, technology, careers, business, cooperative education, and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

Click Here to register.

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