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Meet the Mentor: Megan Leslie

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Mentoring is a cherished tradition for many people across the lower mainland. It’s a relationship that enriches both sides for years to come.

Megan Leslie is an Engineer and Sustainability Consultant with Stantec who has volunteered for 10 years as a mentor for The YWCA High School Mentorship program. We asked her a few questions about her experience over the last decade.

 

Why did you initially get involved with YWCA High School Mentorship?

I initially got involved with the YWCA High School Mentorship program because I wanted to encourage young women to consider engineering as a career. 

 

How have you benefitted from mentorship in your life/career? And how did you pass those lessons on to your mentees?
I have been inspired by the smart and kind young women I have met.  They have given me hope for the future.  In turn, I have tried to encourage my mentees to think of how a career in engineering could help change the world.
 

You’ve been involved with mentoring for a long time. What would you say to someone who didn’t think they had the time to commit to mentoring?
It really doesn’t take that much time!  One thing that I sometimes do is to combine a meeting with my mentee with something I’ve been wanting to do – like skating at Robson Square in the winter, or a walk around False Creek on a warm spring afternoon, for example. 
 

Can you share a story about something you experienced in the program that’s stuck with you ?
My most memorable mentee was my first match. She was in grade 12 when we met and we have kept in touch off and on over the years. She chose to pursue engineering in university and worked as an engineer for a few years after she graduated. Unfortunately after a few years she started to think that engineering might not be right for her, so she contacted me then to talk things through.  I was so happy to be able to provide some advice for her again.
 

How has your outlook to mentoring shifted over the years?

Over the years I have realized that it is up to the mentees to make the most of the match.  Mentees need to be clear to the mentor what they want out of the match and to take the opportunity to ask every question they have. 

Mentors like Melissa help us to deliver this important program year after year. Since it started in XX we’ve matched XX people together. In addition to receiving professional advice, many go on to become life-long friends with each other and wonderful supporters of the YWCA.

About the YWCA High School Mentorship program:

The YWCA High School Mentorship program matches young professional women with Grade 11 and 12 girls who are seeking a mentor to assist them with career exploration and post‑secondary planning. Matches meet on a monthly basis for seven months and have the opportunity to attend free YWCA career development workshop and events.

We are currently seeking young professional female mentors in all fields and disciplines.

If you’d like to learn more about this program or register as a mentor or mentee, please contact Tessa Russel at trussel@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5846

Deadline for registration: September 18, 2017


YWCA High School Mentorship program is made possible with funding from BC Gaming and BC Hydro. If you would like to support the program with a donation, please contact Kathy Lilyholm at klilyholm@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5851

 

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