CPABC Hosts Students in the Martin Family Initiative

CPABC staff Suzanne Berry and Christopher Lee led the session on “Job Skills” held at CPABC on April 4, 2019. Photo by CPABC.

On April 4, 2019, CPABC hosted 7 students from North Delta high schools participating in the Martin Family Initiative High School Mentoring Program.

The students, accompanied by their teacher Gurpaul Sohal, were at CPABC to learn job finding skills starting from identifying their strengths, writing resumes, preparing for interviews, job search strategies, and learning about available employment resources.  The session was led by CPABC staff Suzanne Berry, Christopher Lee and Danielle Levine along with CPA member Claire Shawcross CPA, CGA, one of the CPABC member mentors.

Claire Shawcross CPA, CGA and Danielle Levine supporting high school students as mentors. Photo by CPABC.

This session is part of a six month custom designed program which commenced with an introductory meeting in January 2019 running through to the end of the school year in June.  Topics are selected by the students.  The previous session in March covered financial literacy skills and the next session in May will involve a field trip to a CPA’s office to observe what a professional accountant does in a typical day.  A wrap up celebration and completion ceremony is planned in June.

The goal of the Martin Family Initiative High School Mentoring Program is to support indigenous students to succeed in school and their chosen career.  To find out more about this national program, contact CPA Canada.  Or, to become a mentor, contact Brigitte Ilk CPA CGA, CPABC professional standards advisor.

Suzanne Berry and David Chiang CPA, CA, CPABC’s vice-president member advice and programs. Photo by CPABC.

North Delta High School teacher Gurpaul Sohal and CPA Canada volunteer Peter Ranson FCPA FCA planning the six month program. Photo by CPABC.

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