Employers awarded for mentoring prowess

1,500 newcomers helped
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2011

When the City of Toronto launched a mentorship program in 2004, it took an experimental approach. One-half of the 29 mentors only went online while the other half met face to face with protegés, also using supplemental phone calls and emails. It made for an interesting recognition ceremony at the end of the year, as many of the mentors and mentees met each other for the first time, said Cheryl Ogle, a program assistant at the staffing, workforce transition and employment equity division at the City of Toronto.

But going forward, the organization decided to take the in-person approach, to get more bang for the buck, she said.

“People need that one-on-one (time) more, it kind of cemented friendships,” said Ogle. “To me, part of a mentoring program isn’t just about networking to find a job, it’s about networking to meet other people and giving them a place in our society.”