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NFSB hosts empowering event for International Women’s Day

Over 30 women and several men participated in the New Frontiers School Board’s first annual International Women’s Day event, which took place on March 15 at the NOVA Career Centre in Chateauguay.

Students and staff from NOVA, the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC), and the Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre (HAECC) were invited to participate in a day of discussion and networking that featured presentations from two local entrepreneurs: Hanna Rankin of the Potter’s Homestead in Franklin, and Caroline Brunet from Obsession Bakery in Chateauguay.

 

Women standing on stage, holding a black paper gift bag, speaks to a few other women sitting at tables.
Hanna Rankin of The Potters Homestead spoke with students and staff from the NFSBs three continuing education centres on March 15 PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

Both speakers reflected candidly about personal sacrifice, turning points in their careers, and the importance of finding your place and seeing your priorities and values reflected within your business and relationships. They spoke honestly about their individual journeys, finding success, and the significance of being part of a community.

During a brief but enlightening networking activity, students spoke about what had brought them to the NFSB, as well as their interests and backgrounds. Several reflected on how learning a trade offered them a direct path to the workforce in fields currently in high demand, while others spoke about their experiences in programs traditionally dominated by men, such as auto mechanics, welding, and carpentry.

 

Woman stands, smiling and holding a water bottle, in front of other women sitting at tables. One of the women sitting has her hand up.
Caroline Brunet from Obsession Bakery spoke about her business as well during the event which took place at the NOVA Career Centre in Chateauguay PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

Participants were treated to lunch and refreshments catered by Obsession Bakery and were spoiled with many donated raffle prizes. “We think it is really important that students from all of the centres be able to network together,” said Brooke Wilson, a development officer with the NFSB. She closed the successful event by suggesting it had been a positive and empowering experience where everyone was able to walk away having learned something new. (SR)

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