Marie-Beth joined our mentorship program as a volunteer mentor in June of 2018 and soon after really dived in as an avid supporter of the young leader she is paired with, Kayla. We are thankful for how dedicated Marie-Beth is to our program and how collaborative she is with staff. Amid transitioning into a new role at work, Marie-Beth took time out of her busy schedule to tell us a bit more about her experience in the mentorship program.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m an avid yogi who loves traveling and enjoys taking care of plants (especially those that survive), fashion, trying new restaurants and food (as long as I’m not the one cooking!) and of course, giving back to my community. One of my favourite roles is being an aunt to my nieces and nephew whom I love to pieces.
I was born and raised in Calgary. My career in supply chain started in the retail sector in Toronto and morphed into a career in the energy industry, where I have been for the past 12 years. I’m very excited about a new role I have started at Suncor in Indigenous and Community Relations.
What led you to become involved with Canada Bridges?
I was looking for an opportunity to get involved with Indigenous youth when a colleague and fellow mentor told me about Canada Bridges. It was exactly what I was looking for – an opportunity to connect with youth and help provide the tools and empowerment for positive change.
What are the best parts of being a mentor?
Definitely making a new friend. Not only a friend that I hope to inspire and empower, but a friend that inspires me and teaches me new things too.
What has it been like mentoring Kayla?
Kayla and I first connected last November and we’ve continued to grow our friendship since. There is an ease to our relationship. She is warm, super friendly and funny so it’s been easy and fun getting to know her and discovering her aspirations. I’m very excited to continue to get to know Kayla and look forward to celebrating her accomplishments.
What are some of Kayla’s greatest strengths?
Kayla has a big, kind heart. I admire her dedication to her family and friends. I also admire Kayla’s determination to set goals for herself and work towards fulfilling those goals.
How have you been changed by participating in the mentorship program?
It has been such an enriching cultural, social and personal learning experience. I’ve been inspired by the young leaders and fellow mentors and I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the strength and resolve of youth.
Do you have any words of encouragement to give to other mentors or young leaders in the program?
Whether you’re a mentor or a young leader, you have to work at it and put in the effort, but you get to be a part of change. It’s exciting and energizing.
Anything else you would like to share?
Keep up the awesome work, Canada Bridges!
We look forward to seeing all that Marie-Beth and Kayla accomplish together and hope their friendship continues to flourish for many years to come!