Humber hosts Skills Canada networking event

Female students from Toronto high-schools gathered at Humber’s Centre for Trades and Technology April 3 to rub elbows with women in the skilled trades. The networking event looked to promote women in skilled trades and network young women with mentors. Aabida Dhanji.

Aabida Dhanji
Biz/Tech Reporter

Every year Skills Canada offers high school girls an opportunity to see what options they have for their future. 

This year the networking event was held at Humber College’s Centre for Trades and Technology on Thursday, April 3.

“These students come in because they are interested in the trades and technologies, they learn about networking, get to do hands on challenges and then the main portion of the night they go into breakout rooms and they learn from women who have chosen these careers, hear their stories, why they got into it,” said April Albano, liaison officer and young women’s initiative coordinator for Skills Canada.

This event and others like it incorporate local students from the Peel School Board, Dufferin Peel Catholic, TDSB and Catholic board as well, said Albano.

“It’s a really awesome thing to be given the opportunity to connect with a [mentor], because often there’s a missing piece and I think that this particular program builds bridges and I think that’s a fabulous thing,” said Alyssa Light, a goldsmith and mentor at the event.

“My goal is to give young women an opportunity to see what else is possible,” said Light.

“I got into wedding planning because in high school I was a part of every activity that was not a sport, I loved to plan,” said Shalini Misir, a mentor at the event and a professional wedding planner.

“I was on student council, prom committee, and I found that where I thrived, what really gave me passion was the activities, planning the events,” said Misir.

The skills trades are not an area that girls are frequently interested in, she said.

Misir hopes the girls would take away an important message from this event.

“If you don’t have passion, your clients won’t be satisfied. When in doubt, always pursue your passions, it will take you to the job of your dreams,” said Misir.

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