Halton finds the leader within and celebrates moments of impact at HIECís Spring Breakfast with the Mayors

The Halton Industry Education Councilís (HIEC) Spring Breakfast with the Mayors inspired more than a few moments of impact on Friday, June 22, 2012 as business owners, educators and community stakeholders at the OE Banquet Hall learned about discovering the leader within. Mayor Rick Goldring of Burlington served as host for the breakfast event that celebrated community partnerships in Halton and worked as a springboard to encourage local employers to get involved with their community. Also in attendance were long-time HIEC supporters Regional Chair Gary Carr and Mayor Gordon Krantz of Milton, amongst many other dignitaries and guests.

Sponsored by Cogeco Cable, the event was capped off with a keynote presentation from leadership expert Drew Dudley, founder of Nuance Leadership Inc. Drewís presentation redefined leadership as being a series of lollipop moments, described as "those moments when something you've done has made someone else's life fundamentally better." After hearing Drewís candid life stories, audience members left feeling inspired.

"Success and leadership come from striving to act every single day in a way that makes it more likely that you will have a positive impact on your life and the lives of others," said Drew. "We canít lead other people, until we can lead ourselves."

In addition to the keynote, HIEC also put a spotlight on partnership, demonstrating how community collaboration can inspire moments of impact in Halton. Among the programs celebrated were HIECís Grade 8 Career Awareness Program, EmployerRegistry.ca, apprenticesearch.com, Habitat for Humanity Haltonís Youth Build Day and the Dream Dress Boutique.

Beyond those initiatives, the morning served as an opportunity for HIEC to acknowledge its long-running commitment to the skilled trades and celebrate the continued impact of the Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council (HAAC) and its Honour Roll Awards. To demonstrate that commitment, HIEC, along with its HAAC partners, announced that HAAC is ready to take on a renewed vision, and will continue to celebrate all things related to the skilled trades in the Halton community.

The audience then heard from Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada, who shared stories from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and acknowledge the many participants and medal-winners from the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board.

HIEC also highlighted its Men as Career Coaches (MACC) and Women as Career Coaches (WACC) programs. MACC and WACC are free intergenerational mentorship events held once a year in Halton for over 1,000 participants, linking local high school students with community members for an evening of table discussion and motivational speakers.

HIEC invited career coach Michael Kee, a partner at SB Partners, and two student attendees, Katie Cheshire and Meredith Johnson from T.A. Blakelock High School, to share their thoughts on these mentorship programs at the breakfast event.

"It's what you experience in life that shapes you into who you are; and it's the people you meet along the way that help you grow. Mentorship puts these two ideas together," said Katie.

"Being a career coach this past winter at MACC has opened my eyes to a new definition of what being a leader in our community really means," said Michael. "It is up to each and every one of us to be leaders to the youth in Halton by getting involved with the many experiential learning opportunities available. Become a mentor like I did, offer a co-op opportunity to a high school student, sign-up for a career talk at a local school Ė the possibilities are endless and it is up to us to work together and offer these opportunities to our students."

As part of ongoing efforts to build and sustain a culture of mentorship in Halton, HIEC announced that it is in the process of expanding these successful programs, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. HIEC is currently consulting with community partners to identify three career sectors that will be the primary focus for a series of mentoring events where students with particular career interests will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor in that specific career background.

HIEC would like to thank Cogeco Cable, SB Partners, the Halton Catholic District School Board and Halton District School Board for their support and continued partnership.


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