Volunteer as a mentor with MentorAbility BC

Help promote the employment of people with disabilities by serving as a volunteer mentor for individuals with disabilities.

The Centre for Workplace Accessibility (CWA) is proud to partner with MentorAbility - a national initiative which promotes the employment of people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories.

MentorAbility BC

MentorAbility BC has partnered with the CWA at UBC in order to promote opportunities for UBC faculty and staff to mentor a job seeker with disabilities. Mentorship placements are short-term, ranging from one hour to one day, and can take on any format that makes sense to you and your mentee. You can meet by Zoom, at a coffee shop, or at your place of work. You can go over their resume and give feedback, or go through a mock interview to help them prepare. Or you can just meet and talk casually, answering any questions they may have.

Topics and themes

The main theme of your mentorship will be having career conversations with your mentee, and imparting your guidance and insights. Your mentee is looking for information to help them on their own career path. They want to talk to someone with experience in the field in order to learn what the right career will be for them. Topics can include the training or education required for your job, what does a day in the life look like, or what is most exciting about your job and what is least exciting? What you actually talk about is up to you and your mentee.

Who can be a mentor?

Anyone can be a mentor! Any faculty or staff member at UBC who is interested in meeting a talented, motivated student or job seeker with disabilities is welcome to become a mentor. Mentors are any working professional who can dedicate time during the mentoring day to meet and spend time with their mentee. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate community leadership, learn about individual disability experiences and help promote the employment of people with disabilities.

Learn more about this opportunity via the Mentorability Mentor invite (PDF).

Are you ready to give it a try? Express your interest via this sign up form.

If you have any questions prior to signing up, please reach out to Tina Dam at tinadam@inclusionbc.org. You can also reach out to the CWA team with any questions, concerns or feedback: workplace.accessibility@ubc.ca.


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