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YWCA is currently recruiting professional women to be volunteer mentors for the YWCA Pathways to Leadership Program for immigrant and refugee single mothers.

As a Pathways to Leadership mentor, you'll provide one-to-one support to an immigrant or refugee single mother in our YWCA Pathways to Leadership Program.

Mentors are professional women who are:

  • Familiar with the Canadian workplace and culture;
  • Open to sharing their experiences and knowledge with mentees, who are immigrant and refugee single mothers;
  • Able to commit to meeting with their mentee twice a month during the duration of the program (June to November)

*Note: Experience as an immigrant, a single parent or as a working parent is an asset, but not required.

What is Pathways to Leadership?

YWCA Pathways to Leadership is a free, 7-month program for unemployed or underemployed immigrant and refugee single mothers. The program is offered in Vancouver and Surrey.

The program helps participants explore their interests, skills and strengths to build a career plan that fits their life and goals in Canada.

Participants in the program will:

  • Gain information on employment, education and training resources in the Metro Vancouver area, and explore career interests that will fit their lives and their goals;
  • Build networks and connect with other people, programs and organizations for ongoing learning;
  • Learn to advocate for themselves and for their community;
  • Explore opportunities to volunteer and to build their Canadian experience and much more!

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How can you help as a Mentor?

As a Pathways mentor, you will provide your mentee with feedback, advice and guidance to help her explore career options and plan to pursue her career goals.


  • Support your mentee to explore career interests and options, including education/training plan.  Provide feedback, suggestions and act as a sounding board;
  • Help her identify her strengths and transferrable skills, ways to build her resume and expand her network to support her career goals;
  • Be a role model, a source of inspiration and a resource;
  • Provide encouragement and moral support;
  • Share your perspective on Canadian workplace culture

How to Apply

All mentors are required to submit an online application, provide two references, complete a criminal record check and attend a 2-hour mentor orientation session.

For more information, please contact Janice Lee at jlee@ywcavan.org | 604-895-5802