I’m a mentor? I’m a mentor!

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I recently found out I would be a mentor for two female students studying at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Although I’ve done this in an informal, unofficial capacity at times in my career, this is my first opportunity to do it in an official way!

This is part of a Microsoft Canada Mentorship Program based on a partnership between Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) and runs between now and June (although it can extend after that if we choose).

This is a great opportunity for me to work with some bright, young women entering into the IT industry and assist them in beginning successful careers. My goals for the program are to contribute to the professional development of these two future community technical leaders and to hopefully collaborate with them on some kind of co-operative project. I have a lot of positive experiences and lessons learned from my journey in the technical community to share with them. I’m really looking forward to sharing and learning from each other. It’s a win-win.

What a tremendous honour to be part of this program and to give back to the community. Thanks Microsoft!


Credit: Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash


  1. Good for you Joanne!! The IT world will be better for your contribution to helping develop some young, women IT professionals!

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