CPA Canada, in collaboration with CPABC, are proud to support the rollout of the Martin Family Initiative Indigenous High School Mentorship Program at North Delta Secondary High School.
This unique national program provides opportunities for high school students of indigenous ancestry to connect with other indigenous students as well as to interact with adult mentors drawn from local CPA public practice firms.
The intent of the program is to provide students with access to professionals so that they can enquire about career opportunities, educational decisions, general business awareness and how to succeed in meeting the various opportunities in their lives after high school.
Organized by North Delta High School teacher Gurpaul Sohal, the 2019 program involves 13 local Delta students and 15 CPA mentors. CPA Canada volunteer Peter Ranson FCPA FCA, a retired KPMG partner in Prince George, is the provincial coordinator for the program.
Said Ranson, “this program has the opportunity to impact the lives of these students, and presents an opportunity for mentors to learn and increase their awareness about other cultures.”
The program schedule (tentative and subject to change) at North Delta Secondary:
January 31: introduction and orientation for both students and CPA mentors.
February 28: Becoming Money Smart (financial literacy sessions hosted by local firm Manning Elliott)
April 4: Searching for a job, writing resumes and interview skills (hosted by CPABC)
May 2: One on one mentoring with approved visit to a professional office for the day to learn about business process and etiquette (hosted by each mentor participating in the program)
June 6: Wrap up and Celebration.
A special thank you to CPABC members who are mentors in the program. Their involvement is essential to the success of this important community engagement program. Ranson added, “I am so very delighted to see the wonderful response from our mentors, and am always amazed at the willingness of our members to respond and give of themselves in spite of their busy schedules. This speaks volumes about our profession. I am very grateful to those who have volunteered and to CPABC for helping to organize this program.”