Career-Focused Non-Profit Sees Success Moving Live Events to Virtual


Career-Focused Non-Profit Sees Success Moving Live Events to Virtual

Build a Dream finds students are still inspired by speakers, despite not being able to meet face-to-face; local expo happens next week

Despite the challenges that the pandemic brought forward for so many organizations, Build a Dream is finding success with the creation of a virtual version of their popular career discovery expos.

“We had to pivot to stay in business and I was concerned that we’d lose that ‘spark’ that we create at live events…that moment where the young women attending realize that they really can do any career they want,” said Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President & Founder, Build a Dream. “What we are finding though, is that we have a very focused agenda and with inspirational speakers and the addition of things like interactive games, the audience is engaged and the feedback is phenomenal.”

Hachem-Fawaz said that going virtual also means that small or remote school boards can now access the expos, where distance and other logistics would have played a part in the past. Expos this fall are being held for school boards all across Ontario, as well as Edmonton, Alberta.

The virtual career discovery expo will be available to many area students on Tuesday, November 24, when #DreamBigGreaterEssex brings local professional women and businesses together to empower young women and inform families about exciting careers in STEM, skilled trades, emergency response, and entrepreneurship.

Two of the women speaking work in local trades are excited to share their stories.

“There are many routes women can take to succeed. Trades have been a hidden one for far too long. It has given me an opportunity of accomplishment that all women deserve and it brings me joy to share that with as many others as possible,” said Bobbi Day, a General Machinist at Toolplas Systems Inc.

Delaney Krieger is eager to share her story of how she found her career path as well. “I started attending the career expos in grade 10, and it helped me find the career of my dreams. I am now an apprentice with the Carpenters’ Union and loving every second.”

“Build a Dream events are only a couple of hours, but the impact it has on young women and their parents, lasts a lifetime,” Krieger added.

The #DreamBig online event is FREE for young women in grades 7-12 who attend Greater Essex County District School Board schools. The event will be held Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 6-8:30p.m. Families can register online.

#DreamBigGreaterEssex – A virtual Career Discovery Expo!

Hosted by Build a Dream and the Greater Essex County District School Board Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.EST. The event is for young women in grades 7-12 (and their guardians) and features:

  • Dream Maker Panel: Women from various careers share their stories and inspire
  • Employer Spotlight: Learn about opportunities & what employers look for in new hires
  • Pathway Spotlight: Find out about college, university, and apprenticeship
  • Q&A opportunity, games, prizes and More!

Tickets are FREE and online registration is required.

Founded in 2014, Build a Dream offers programs designed to attract, encourage, and empower female students to pursue careers in skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), emergency response, and entrepreneurship. Through providing support and encouragement, hosting learning camps, spotlighting female mentors, and building interactive Career Discovery Expos, the non-profit organization provides parents and young women across Canada with tools to make informed career choices.

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