CNS Trainee Mentorship Program
June 1, 2020: The first year of the CNS Trainee Mentorship Program has come to an end and we thank all mentors and mentees for participating in the 2019-2020 program. Fourteen mentor-mentee pairs participated in this pilot initiative led by the CNS Trainee Leadership Committee (TLC) to allow trainees to connect with mentors in academia, government, healthcare and industry.
The TLC plans to continue the program in the 2020-2021 academic year as two separate 4-month programs each term. This will enable more mentorship pairings and allow us to serve more mentees during the year. Mentors interested in participating in the fall and/or winter terms of 2020-21 are invited to contact email@example.com. The mentee application form will open at the end of July or early August.
Special appreciation goes out to this year's mentors who so generously gave of their time:
- Melissa Alexander-Dionisi, RD, Windsor Regional Hospital
- Terry Graham, University of Guelph
- Deborah Hayward, Health Canada
- Nafisa Jadavji, Midwestern University
- Andrea Josse, York University
- Michael McBurney, University of Guelph
- David Ma, University of Guelph
- Genevieve Mailhout, University of Montreal
- John Miklavcic, Chapman University
- Phyllis Patterson, University of Saskatchewan
- Janice Sorenson, Langara College
- Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, University of Regina
- Angelo Tremblay, Universite Laval
- Amy Tucker, University of Guelph
The CNS Trainee Mentorship Program provides an organized structure for mentees and mentors to connect and discuss issues related to career paths, graduate school, work-life balance, leadership and other topics of interest.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are matched with mentors based on their career aspirations and goals for participation in the program. Mentees and Mentors will be encouraged to connect via email, phone, online, and/or in-person a minimum of three times during the school year. This is a mentee-driven program and, as such, each mentee is responsible for initiating and maintaining interactions with their assigned mentor.
Why Become A CNS Mentor?
Mentors are valuable in providing knowledge and advice to trainees through their professional and personal life experiences and exert a positive influence on the careers of young professionals.
If you are a CNS member that works in academia, industry or government and would like to pass on knowledge and experience from your field, consider becoming a CNS mentor to a trainee!
Why Become A CNS Mentee?
Mentor relationships can help students and young professionals learn from their mentor’s experiences, skills, leadership and knowledge. Mentees can also benefit from practical guidance, support and encouragement and be able to identify professional goals and establish a sense of direction. The Trainee Mentorship Program also offers an excellent opportunity to mentees to access broader, novel and diverse viewpoints, which could help them to expand their career horizons.
If you are a CNS member, a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, and interested in networking and being mentored by a senior member of CNS, consider applying to participate in the CNS Trainee Mentorship Program!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the CNS Trainee Mentorship Program.