Women As Career Coaches 2012



HALTON, ON – On March 29, 2012 more than 600 female high school students and adult women packed the Burlington Convention Centre as the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) hosted the eighth annual Women as Career Coaches (WACC). This inspiring evening of intergenerational mentorship focused on finding your passion through mentorship.

“One thing that I learned tonight is the importance of programs such as this,” said one Career Coach. “Mentorship for young students is so important. I will be back next year.”

For students, the evening was a learning experience. ”Because of tonight, I’m going to remind myself to strive for my dreams and goals even if I come across some difficulty,” said a student attendee. “There will always be ups before downs, and it is up to me to never give up.”

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Inside Halton - Halton students advised to find their passion in career choice

  • Spotlight speakers Melanie Groom and Tara McIntyre speak to the audience about their career journeys.
  • Thank you to Teachers Credit Union for being our WACC Cookie Sponsor!
  • Spotlight speaker Eva Dillon, Technology Coach from Arcelor Mittal Dofasco speaks to the packed convention centre about her career path.
  • The Hamilton Spectator’s Jane Allison facilitated this year’s spotlight speaker panel.
  • Spotlight speaker Laura Cercado, a Paediatric Transport Nurse from Ornge spoke about her interesting career.
  • This year’s WACC spotlight speakers took part in a speaker panel facilitated by The Hamilton Spectator to cap off the event.
  • HIEC welcomed back CP24’s Pooja Handa as WACC’s emcee for the fifth year in a row.
  • Spotlight speaker Ruth Breen, owner of Capstone Contracting spoke about her passion for the skilled trades.
  • Spotlight speaker Sera Mansueto spoke about her foundation called Walls of Hope.
  • WACC 2012 had over 600 students and career coaches in attendance.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

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Special thanks to our event donors:

Natalie Agro
Beth Barron
Pam Belgrade
Carlotta Brown
Janet Cameron
Rina Carlini
Lucy Cerantola
Christine Costa
Susan Crossman
Ruth Davis
Chandra Drevjany
Jocelyn Gallagher
Shalini Gupta
Elizabeth Harding
Fayrouse Hassaan

Michelle Hudon
Anita Huggins
Stephanie Jeronimo
Carolyn Kinsman
Anna Kubacka
Sandi Laing
Anne Lannan
Tamara Lopez
Leslie McAnanama
Carolyn McLarty
Andrea Millard
Dawn Montgomery
Victoria Oswell

Pauline Philips
Robin Read-Griffin
Cathy Saytar
Elaine Sigurdson
Sandra Strauss
Sarah Towle
Jane Travers
Stephanie van Monsjou
Debbie Velocci
Valerie Wettlaufer
Jane Wyse
Linda Zammit
Kelly Zukov