I’ve Been Recognized

Submitted 5 years ago by Dan Trepanier 

I’ve been recognized by my mentor and management team as an efficient, reliable and hard working person and was given opportunities to take on special projects within the Strategic Services Branch such as: assuming a leading role in the migration to upgraded ATIP software where I assisted in training other staff on how to navigate the system; and I was designated as the co-chair for Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Campaign where I canvassed staff, placed orders, collected money and distributed daffodils.

Knowing of my aspirations to become a teacher, my mentor – who has a BEd -kept me posted on any teachers’ conferences, helped me determine what I need to pursue a teaching career and invited me to volunteer for Destination ImagiNation (a creative program for children).

The aforementioned has given me the opportunity to network with other employees in various departments at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as well as teachers and facilitators from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto District Catholic School Board (TCDSB), and other private schools and organizations.

I have been placed in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in the Access to Information and Privacy department. At my placement I responded to and processed requests for personal information records, such as Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan files, in accordance with the Access to Information and Privacy Acts. I also liaised with clients and their representatives, MPs, to request or provide information on behalf of the organization.

I’ve learned that networking is very important in the professional world and that you should always be looking for opportunities - regardless of what your employee status is whether it is full-time, part-time or temporary. I have recognized that I cannot be too comfortable with the status quo and should continue to expand my network to find other experiences where I could utilize and transfer my skills in an environment that would be both enjoyable and fulfilling.    

I plan to continue to take part-time courses at Seneca to complete my Early Childhood Education program and seek other public service positions within the federal government. In the meantime, I will inquire about any possible opportunities to work with corporate Aritzia.

Before the Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program (FPSYIP) I was working full-time as an Associate Manager at Aritzia – a high-end women’s clothing and accessory store named Top Company to Work For in BC’s Business Magazine. 

- Valarie