Founded in 2014, Build a Dream is designed to attract, encourage and recruit female students to pursue careers in skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and law enforcement. The event is led by an organizing committee made up of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, University of Windsor , St. Clair College, Workforce WindsorEssex, Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde and Skills Ontario.
Why we exist?
- We create programs that will encourage young women to consider various career opportunities and make informed decisions.
- We develop partnerships with sectors to offer hands on camps for young women to experiences these job sectors.
- We help provide the right tools, resources, and mentorship to young women.
- We also provide parents with the tools to help their children make informed career choices.
- Consults with companies in various sectors to help them diversify their workforce.
Did you know?
99% of parents agreed that they were able to gain valuable information that will assist them and their daughters in planning for future career goals
96% of parents would want to participate in this event next year or would recommend this event to others
“It helped me to expand my horizon in careers.”
“A great experience for young women who are unsure of their path!”
93% of students agreed that they were able to gain valuable information from a mentor that will help in their career choices
92% of students agreed that they would participate again in this event or encourage others to participate because…
“It’s incredibly informative.”
“I think it’s important for girls my age to learn about careers like this and how to get into them.”
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Meet our Windsor-Organizing Committee:
- Chair Nour Hachem-FawazUniversity of Windsor
- Treasurer & SecretaryAnn Hetherington St. Clair College
- Susan FriedlWindsor Essex Catholic District School Board
- Angela Ciarlariello-BondyGreater Essex County District School Board
- Stephanie PernasiliciConseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
- Yasmine JoheirConseil Scolaire Viamonde
- Edwin TamUniversity of Windsor- Faculty of Engineering
- Mike KonstantinoUniversity of Windsor- Faculty of Engineering
- Michelle BondyUniversity of Windsor- Faculty of Science
- Lyn CaineWomen’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor
- Michelle Karr & Tashlyn TeskeyWorkforce Windsor Essex
- Lauren NantauUnited Way
- Kayla SchurmanSkills Ontario
- Cierra BrayEvents Director