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Connect to Success Mentorship Program

Mentoring program for women

Mentee intake is now open. Please contact us at 604 895 5857 or connect@ywcavan.org for more information.

Jump-start your career with the power of mentorship. This free mentoring program for women in Vancouver connects professional female mentors with unemployed women aged 19 and over who are entering or re-entering professional or skilled careers. Mentees come from a variety of backgrounds. They are women who are starting their careers, returning to the workforce or newly entering the Canadian job market.

Joan and Dianne

Joan and Dianne

With Joan to guide her, Dianne turned her career around. A successful entrepreneur and business leader, Joan brings a wealth of experience to the Connect to Success mentorship program. Read more.

Marleine and Nicole

Marleine and Nicole

As a newcomer to the Vancouver job market, Marleine was looking for social and career networks and wanted to land a job in computer software development. Her mentor Nicole supported her career development in many ways. Read more.

Connect to Success Success Story

Mentorship feels right

A year ago, Courtney Briggs found herself looking for work and eager to gain career direction. As a recent graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business, she quickly experienced firsthand the hard reality of today’s labour market. Read more.

Mentoring program for women.

Connect to Success brings hope to unemployed mom

As a stay-at-home mom for the past ten years, Arezou quickly realized that returning to the field of medical research would not be easy. Read more.

Connect to Success gives you the opportunity to:

  • Connect with a female mentor for six months and build a one-to-one career-based relationship
  • Participate in workshops focusing on personal and career development
  • Receive group mentorship through networking opportunities
  • Participate in peer mentorship through small group opportunities
  • Get referrals for additional career and community resources

Our mentors are professional women who are successful in their careers and able to share their experience with a mentee. Mentors come from a wide range of careers including business, health care, science, arts, technology and trades. Learn how to become a mentor.

Mentee intake is now open. Mentees must meet all eligibility criteria listed below. Please contact us at 604 895 5857 or connect@ywcavan.org for more information.
Eligibility Criteria for Mentees

  • Women aged 19 and over
  • Seeking employment in professional or skilled careers
  • Job ready with industry standard education and training
  • Unemployed and non-EI:

- not currently collecting Employment Insurance (EI)
- have not collected regular EI benefits in the past three years
- have not collected maternity EI benefits in the past five years

  • Legally eligible to work in Canada (no temporary work permits or SIN # starting with "9")
  • Actively job searching or ready to begin job searching
  • Keen, motivated and open to learning from a mentor
  • Able to make a six-month commitment

Networking Guide

Check out this step-by-step guide to help you overcome shaky knees, shyness and networking fears. Download the free networking guide (5.5 MB).

For more information please contact:

Laurie Sinnott
Program Manager
tel 604 895 5857
email connect@ywcavan.org

Office hours: Monday–Friday 8:00am–4:00pm

Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement

Funding is provided in large part by the Canadian-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

with support from Vancity




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