Volunteer of the Month - January 2014

 

Stephanie Pankratz is our volunteer of the month for January 2014!

Stephanie is a Senior Manager in the Audit practice at KPMG in Calgary. Stephanie grew up in Calgary, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan before completing her Chartered Accountant designation.

Stephanie began volunteering with ISC as part of our Integrated Women’s Mentorship Program (now Integrated Mentorship Program) in 2010. Stephanie had been looking for an opportunity to use her professional experience and love of mentorship in a meaningful way in the volunteer community and when she found out about the program at the ISC, she knew she had found a great fit. During her involvement with the program, Stephanie has served as a mentor to eight wonderful professional men and women from a diverse range of backgrounds, focusing on helping them navigate the job market in Calgary. She ably offers them insight into the job application process, strategies for finding meaningful employment, discussion of education and training opportunities available in Canada. Stephanie also serves as an all-around supporter and cheerleader for her mentees.

One of Stephanie’s favourite parts of being involved in the program is the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and learn about their experiences while building their confidence in their ability to find meaningful employment in Calgary. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to continue her relationships with her mentees even after the four-month formal mentorship period has ended. She has found the opportunity to work with so many talented, resilient, and dedicated people (both mentees and the tremendous staff at the ISC who run the program) to be truly inspiring.

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