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Adults and Youth find 'The Hero Within' a First-Ever Men As Career Coaches Events

Emcee Joe Ferroni with keynote speaker Cabral 'Cabbie' Richards

HALTON, ON - The Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) held the inaugural Men as Career Coaches (MACC) event on Thursday, March 4, 2010, with over 400 guests experiencing a program dedicated to inspiring intergenerational mentorship in Halton. The informal and dynamic event offered both male high school students and adult men - the night's career coaches - the opportunity to listen to many interesting and diverse speakers. The night's line-up included Phil Pritchard, Vice President of Hockey Operations, Hockey Hall of Fame and the keeper of the Stanley Cup, Cabral 'Cabbie' Richards, comedian and journalist from The Score, and many other members of the Halton community, representing a variety of careers and pathways. A series of video montages helped set the tone for the evening, showcasing a wide spectrum of superheroes and everyday heroes that inspire the hero within - the event's theme.

"[MACC] was an amazing event from start to finish," said one career coach. "Thanks for another gift for our community."

As the event began both male students and career coaches were able to participate in many interactive displays that showcased a variety of interesting and exciting careers. Attendees also took part in table discussions about career paths, personal heroes and life lessons. The evening came to a close with the help of highly anticipated guest speaker Cabral 'Cabbie' Richards, host and producer of two weekly shows on The Score, Cabbie on the Street and Cabbie Unlimited. Cabbie spoke to the audience about his career path and how his determination and perseverance got him his dream job.

"Cabbie was amazing," praised one student attendee, as students lined up for over an hour after the event to capture a few moments with Cabbie.

MACC was created through the shared belief that young men need access to adult role models, who are willing to share their career pathways, encourage positive self-esteem and promote the goals and aspirations of youth. The student attendees at this year's event left with a sense of newfound courage and strength.

"No matter how much someone says you can't, remember that if you say you can, then you CAN," said one student participant, when asked what he learned from the program.

HIEC would like to thank the many sponsors and supporters of MACC, including event partner the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Without their generosity and support, MACC would have never been able to inspire so many students and adults in the Halton community. In the words of one student attendee, "never give up and dream big. If you dream and work hard you will get what you want."