Only by wandering can we find new and exciting paths.
Those wise words were spoken by Grade 5 student Jackson Pruyn at the opening of Niagara Catholic’s first-ever Pathways Speaker Summit called Truths Revealed.
More than 300 students and their families attended the event, which took place at Club Roma February 6. The purpose of the event was to share information about existing and emerging career opportunities in the 21st century with students and their families, and some of the pathways to take them there.
In their opening remarks, Mario De Divitiis, CEO of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board and Niagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco, each focused on the importance of having a strong workforce in place in the coming years to replace aging workers. They also emphasized the need to provide students with opportunities to discover new gifts and talents while they are still in school. Mr. Crocco also focused on innovative programs offered to students and the commitment and dedication to student achievement shared by all staff at the Board.
Dave Taylor, Associate Vice-President of Academic and Learner Services at Niagara College and Brock University’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings echoed those sentiments. Mr. Taylor spoke about the many pioneering programs offered at the College, many in co-operation with Brock, which allow students to have both theoretical and practical knowledge in their chosen field.
The evening then split into two different panel discussions. The first – Opportunities and Pathways – included Marisa Brown, a Career Curriculum Specialist at Brock University, Phil Hayes, Manager of Recruitment Services at Niagara College, Muriel Simpson from the Ontario College of Trades and Mr. De Diviitis.
The second panel – Let’s Talk Industry – provided information about the current state of industry in Ontario. The panelists for the discussion and question-and-answer were Lisa Benger, Director of Human Resources at Walker Industries, Julia Tiessen, Senior Human Resources Manager at Niagara Casinos, Aaron Tisdale, President of Girotti Machine and Tiffany MacLeod, Human Resources Coordinator for Vintage Hotels.
Niagara Catholic is extremely grateful for the many partners who helped make this evening such a resounding success.