On Friday, February 19th 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MPP Hunter held her 3rd Annual Youth Career Fair. Over three hundred students from various schools in Scarborough-Guildwood were in attendance. The event was held at Centennial College, Progress Campus and proved to be a productive and insightful experience.
The day comprised of a Resume Clinic and Interview Skills Workshops where students were able to edit resumes and/or create a resume on sight while engaging with the experts. Students who attended were invited to explore various career options, as well as part-time and summer job opportunities. The experience at the fair provided the insight and tools necessary to prepare them for life outside of school and to expose them to various career paths and tertiary opportunities.
Over twenty-seven organizations including Bank of Montreal (BMO), Desjardins, McDonald’s, East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Transit Commission and Ontario Provincial Police among others were present to provide insight about their organizations and career opportunities to the students.
In addition to the presence of an expansive list of organizations, educators from the Culinary Arts program at Centennial College demonstrated culinary skills by preparing food live on site at the Career Fair with celebrity chef, Rob Rainford. Students were also treated to a motivational talk by motivational speaker Dr. Craig Stephenson, Vice President, Student and Community Engagement and Kwesi Johnson who delivered a wonderful and inspiring message to our Scarborough youth.
The Scarborough-Guildwood Youth Committee was also launched during the Career Fair. This committee will act as a platform for young people in Scarborough-Guildwood to voice their concerns to elected officials. This will help youth connect with the political process and let them think about and advocate for issues important to them. This is how we build a positive civic society. All interested young people please contact Ashma Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 416-281-2787.
The Fair was truly a success and MPP Hunter would like to thank the various schools and organizations that attended.
"This year’s Youth Career Fair was our most successful yet! We had 15 employers and 12 agencies looking to hire and provide helpful workshops on resume writing and interview skills for the almost 300 students who came out. Enabling our young people find and secure opportunities is a priority for me and I’m going to keep fighting for their prosperity” — Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
“We congratulate you on an event well done…from Mitzie Hunter, Rob Rainer (a man of good food), Kwesi Johnson, Dr. Stephenson and the great volunteers. We connected with others in our field, made new connections, and saw the faces of the future. Please extend a big thank to all on behalf of PCPI!”
— Neva Kotsopoulos, Career Coach, Progress Career Planning Institute
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