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Toronto 2019 – As part of BMO’s National Volunteer Day event, Skills for Change hosted a Mentoring & Networking Event with BMO employees.
On June 11, Skills for Change hosted a Mentoring and Networking Event in partnership with BMO. The event was held as part of BMO’s annual National Volunteer Day. Every June, BMO Volunteer Day gives employees the opportunity to give back to their community.
BMO Volunteer Day brings together nearly 5,000 employees, collectively dedicating thousands of service hours to local nonprofits that need that extra infusion of people power to complete key projects (BMO, 2019).
Here at Skills for Change, we were thrilled to be one of the many organizations across North America who partnered up with BMO for a service project initiative. Sixteen volunteers took on the role of mentors at our Mentoring and Networking event. Volunteers took time to share their expertize surrounding the financial industry and their different designations to small groups. Topics covered included:
Tips and tricks related to job search
Resume and interview preparation tips
Career path advice
The event saw approximately 100 attendees and received great feedback from those involved. In addition to group mentoring, the volunteers also spoke with individuals who had more specific questions one on one. The attendees went home with great advice that they could apply to their professional development and the volunteers felt the satisfaction of knowing that the knowledge they shared helped others to learn and grow. Participants were also given time to network and get to know each other throughout the day.
Thank you to all the BMO volunteers and attendees for making the Mentoring and Networking Event a success!
Here at Skills for Change, we believe that both networking and mentoring are important for career and personal growth.
Our Mentoring Programs and Events
The Mentoring for Change program has a 25-year positive track record of assisting skilled internationally educated professionals in their settlement process, language skills development, entrepreneurship guidance and search for employment by matching them with industry-specific mentors. Our mentoring services include:
Settlement – Support for new Canadians in providing information and helping identify various community resources and support
Language – Individual language mentoring for building effective conversation and communication skills
Employment – Job search support and guidance in expanding professional network
Entrepreneurs – Coaching and guidance to starting your own business as well as the support of resources
For more information about these services, please contact us:
Phone: 416-658-3101 ext. 0
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank by assets, in North America. With total assets of $807 billion as of January 31, 2019, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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For over 36 years Skills for Change has supported the integration and well-being of immigrants and refugees in Canada. For more information on us please visit: