Today, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times during their lifetime. Maybe more. Why is that? Are we finding ourselves in positions that fail to challenge us? Are there so many exciting jobs out there that we want to try as many as possible? Are we in search of that perfect benefits package?

Whatever the reason, while we move from job to job or sit comfortably in a role, it is important to take stock of what is happening to us while in the role. What skills are we developing? What projects are challenging us? What is exhausting…


I am currently reviewing post-secondary scholarship applications for the Nahom Berhane Scholarship. I review and grade applications submitted by students living in the GTA. Each applicant shares their story, which includes their role as a leader, as a community builder, and as a volunteer.

Most of the submissions are from 17–to 18-year-old students. And most of them have been actively volunteering since their elementary school days. Let that sink in.

I am not extremely concerned with the fate of Corporate Social Responsibility or community engagement when I notice that eleven-year-olds are weaving volunteerism into their life’s stories. …


Last spring and summer, I spent a lot of time exploring Toronto on my bike. It was an exercise in health, awareness, and finding my peace. I was trying to navigate this beautiful thing called Life. I needed to get out and explore and wake up to the goodness that was all around me, and I did so on my bike.

Most days, I gravitated towards the Toronto Waterfront trail. Most days I rode past a man cycling along the trail. The man had a disability that prevented him from riding a standard bike. The bike supported his limited mobility…


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It’s that time of year again. Time to begin again. To set new goals. To set new intentions. To pull out the Fall wardrobe. To watch as Mother Nature works her magic.

September is my new year. It is when my calendar year begins. I presume it has everything to do with the 20+ years of schooling that started every September. It makes sense and it works for me.

In September, I take the time to review the year and identify what worked, what did not work, where I was challenged, what I kept putting off and what brought me…


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Let’s start with the bad news: According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, 85 million jobs could be lost to automation. That’s a lot of jobs. Before the worry sets in, here’s the good news: 97 million new roles will be created. Many of these roles will involve the interface between humans, machines, and algorithms.

What does this mean for today’s youth and how can we prepare them for tomorrow’s workforce?

In October 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) produced the Future of Jobs Report. The report highlights the shift in the job landscape over the next four years…


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In September 2020, Jumpstart launched their $8 million Sport Relief Fund, a fund dedicated to helping sport and recreation organizations continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding supported 668 organizations and anticipates helping over 70,000 kids across Canada continue to play.

The overwhelming response to the fund indicated that more needed to be done. And so Jumpstart commissioned a study to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community sports and recreation in Canada. The results can be found in the Jumpstart State of Sport Report.

For the report, Jumpstart commissioned Ipsos to conduct two surveys. The…


“Social-emotional learning is a broad term referring to how students regulate their emotions, communicate with others, use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build relationships and make good decisions”- Jennifer B. Rhode (Licensed Psychlogist)

Over the last year, you may have seen the term ‘social-emotional learning’ or SEL, pop up quite a bit. To better acquaint you with SEL, what follows is a brief introduction. …


For years, when anyone asked me for a favour, I found it difficult to say no. Scratch that, I found it impossible to say no.

Can you help me move some things on Sunday? Yes. Can we move the meeting from 3 pm to 5 pm? Yes. Can you come to my place for the weekend? Yes.

For years, this was how I operated. I was the ‘yes ma’am!’ (the exclamation mark is intentional. I was a people pleaser). I had the desire to help others. I had the capacity to juggle, to make changes to my schedule, to alter…


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According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of empowerment is: the process of gaining freedom and power to do what you want or to control what happens to you.

There’s a part of me that wishes I had written out this definition and plastered it over every wall in my home when I became an executive director. …


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Five years ago, around this time, I started a new role as an Executive Director for an organization I was extremely excited to champion. An organization in my backyard, committed to empowering young women.

Five years ago, the person I had become was excited to take on a role of such magnitude. I had spent the previous nine years working in various roles in community development, from managing a youth centre in one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Toronto: Thorncliffe Park; to fundraising for one of the most well known funders: United Way. I was excited to take…

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Poised for greatness. Isn’t everyone?

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