Mentorship program re-launching at the CHBA-ER!
We are re-launching the CHBA-ER mentorship program. Available to our members, this is an opportunity for our members at both ends of their careers to connect. We have heard from a number of people how valuable a mentorship program is, and our members are an untapped resource when it comes to mentorship. There are a wealth of leaders in our industry – on our member list – who are prime candidates for mentors.
The CHBA-ER staff and Mentor Program Volunteer Committee will match mentors and protégés based on interests, desired outcomes, and geography. Mentors have been pre-selected and a list is available for protégés to request a match. The committee will work towards honouring requests, but there is no guarantee.
WHAT IS A MENTOR?
A mentor is an experienced person who commits to helping another person reach important professional goals through coaching, listening, advising, and guiding. They can shorten learning curves, identify opportunities, and offer advice and expertise. A mentor must have a minimum of five years’ experience within the industry .
Who are our Mentors?
Sandra Turgeon, Pacesetter Homes Ltd.
Barb Onyschuk, Caruana Interiors & Contracting
Marie Soprovich, Aquarian Renovations
Jenny Pon, Grant Thornton LLP
John Hrynkow, Park Royal Homes
Sydney Bond, Effect Home Builders Ltd.
WHAT IS A PROTÉGÉ?
A protégé is an individual who receives advice, coaching, assistance and feedback from a more experienced person with the desired outcome of achieving goals they have set. The protégé must have clear goals and be willing to be guided. They must have experience within the industry. They must be career focused and looking for support to increase their potential.
Why take on a protégé? What’s in it for you? Here are a few reasons to become a mentor:
- As a mentor you have the ability to inspire up-and-coming leaders in our industry
- Generally speaking, there is an age gap between mentor and protégé. This is an opportunity to bridge that age gap by understanding each other’s motivations, goals, and attitudes about the industry.
- Did you have a mentor, or someone who helped kick start your career? Pay it forward!
- Do you remember how exciting, confusing, and stressful starting your career was? Being a mentor can help alleviate some stressful and confusing moments for someone just starting out.
- Being a mentor can help you redefine your own career goals.
- Discussing your career goals and your future with a protégé will allow you to see your goals through someone else’s eye. This is an opportunity to redefine or refocus your goals.
- It’s a wise business strategy to take on a mentor – especially from outside of your company but still in your industry. You gain a valuable ally and a professional relationship that can last and benefit both parties.
- Having someone to “talk shop” with is always beneficial. Your new found ally can be someone you trust to talk through industry challenges and solutions with.
- You can share your passion for your work with someone who also is passionate the industry.
- By coaching someone who is in the early stages of their career, you have the opportunity to inspire someone who shares your passion for the industry
- As a mentor, you are helping set the tone and pace for the industry with up-and-coming leaders.
- You are able to influence the next generation of leaders. Through coaching and advising, you are able to guide the future of the industry.
CHECKPOINTS AND PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
There will be checkpoints every three months, and an evaluation at the end of the program. Checkpoints will be facilitated by the Mentorship Volunteer Committee. Feedback forms will be provided and the committee will contact both participants to ensure the matches are correct, and the focus and momentum of the mentorship program are on track. At the end of the program year, the Mentorship Volunteer Committee will conduct Measurement of Success. These information gathered in the checkpoints and evaluations will be used to shape the future of the Mentorship Program.