"Take Our Kids to Work Day" took place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018. It is an annual event where students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world. The day involves students in Grade 9 spending the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host, where they experience and learn about the world of work.
Launched in 1994, Take our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career education event in Canada, with an estimated 200 000 students visiting workplaces every year on that day.
Elyze Waines from Port Colborne High School went with her father Ryan who is an Environmental Manager at Jungbunzlauer Canada. Jungbunzlauer is one of the world's leading producers of biodegradable ingredients of natural origin. Elyze was shown the production processes, production lines, quality control labs, wastewater treatment and energy generation from Cogen units."
Connor Dobrin went his father Dan who works for the 'Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks' for the province of Ontario as the Manager of the Technical Support Section. This group is responsible for monitoring the air quality, water quality and use of pesticides in this area. The staff consists of scientists, hydrogeologists, biologists, air quality analysts and technicians, environmental planners and GIS specialists, among other positions. Kids visited one of the field offices where all the sampling and other technical equipment is located. It also houses the Ministry's boats and emergency response vehicles that are called into action in environmental emergencies. The kids will learn about the importance of bees and also work with some of the air and water testing equipment and will visit an area of Hamilton Harbor which is undergoing an environmental clean up of pollution caused by industries.
Ben Walker has the opportunity to learn about medical education from his mom Dr. Amanda Bell. He will see how students are trained to become doctors at the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus. Dr. Bell is the Regional Assistant Dean for the campus.
Sawyer Prokopetz chose to spend the day with one his former teachers. Miss LeVasseur teaches French at Prince Phillip Elementary. It was a great experience to be able to give make and assist the young children.
Dylan Coers shadowed Personal Trainer Nick Tamburri at White Oaks Resort in Niagara on the Lake. His day started at 5:30 am and literally had him on his feet all day!
These were just a few of the exciting careers explored by our students!