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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 in Vancouver, or February to July in Surrey)

*Note: Experience as 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 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