On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, WeirFoulds Women hosted its second annual Speed Mentoring Enrichment Opportunity with Girls e-Mentorship (“GEM”), a Toronto-based charity, which offers a mentorship program to high school girls in Toronto who face various socio-economic barriers. WeirFoulds mentors included human resources, professional development, information technology and marketing professionals, articling students, assistants, law clerks and lawyers. The success of the event was demonstrated by “learning outcomes” that were shared by the high school girls at the conclusion of the evening.
Last year, WeirFoulds Women hosted its first Enrichment Opportunity, and announced the firm’s commitment to providing a $1,000 scholarship each year, for three years, to a GEM participant. Associates Megan Mah and Kayla Theeuwen sit on GEM’s Scholarship Committee, and will present the first scholarship in May of this year.
GEM’s programming includes providing participants with opportunities to learn about different industries as they begin to navigate options for post-secondary education, and facilitating events that allow the girls to develop skills that will be vital to them as they enter into higher education and, later, the workforce.
WeirFoulds is proud to continue its partnership with GEM and looks forward to hosting this event again in 2020.