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Parents As Career Coaches – Marnie McBean “Be a Career Champion: Training to Win on the Bad Days Too”

When?6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2022


Student(s) in grades 7-12, and their supporters, are invited to a free, interactive, virtual workshop with three-time Olympic gold medalist Marnie McBean who will present “Be a Career Champion: Training to Win on the Bad Days Too”.  Cambrian’s own Nicole Vizza will present “Careers After College” and Colleen Heidman will present “Pathways to Careers in Trades”.

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As Canada’s chef de mission at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at their highest level. Drawing on her years of experience as a performance coach and a top competitor herself, she leaves audiences with a recipe for success that can be applied to all endeavours.

McBean has attended 10 Olympics games as an athlete, member of the media, mentor, and chef de mission. She is one of only two Canadians to have ever won three Gold medals in the Summer Olympics, and one of only two women globally to have won a medal in all the Open Women boat classes. In total, McBean has won 12 World and Olympic medals. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, McBean made headlines cheering on Team Canada as their chef de mission, where she acted as a spokesperson for the team, and a mentor for the athletes, coaches, and staff, all with the aim to create an inclusive environment conducive to optimal performance.

In recognition of her record-breaking rowing career, McBean is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. She is also actively involved in helping to promote the safety, health, and activity of Canada’s youth, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been awarded with both the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

McBean holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as three honorary doctorates, and is the author The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals.

Following Marnie McBean, will be Nicole Vizza to present “Careers after College”. This is an engaging and interactive facilitation which uses the SparkPath method of providing career tools that help students explore real-world challenges, instead of limiting themselves to job titles. Nicole is a Liaison Officer with Cambrian College. She is a Cambrian graduate, with an advanced diploma in Public Relations and has worked with the Recruitment team at Cambrian College since 2021. Nicole is currently completing her Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications at Athabasca University and is extremely passionate about connecting people and guiding students of all types to their dream careers.

Colleen Heidman will be presenting “Pathways to Careers in Trades”. In this presentation, Colleen will discuss the two major pathways to a career in the skilled trades – the traditional apprenticeship process and the College diploma pathway. Colleen is a Digital Recruiter with Cambrian College. She is a Cambrian graduate, with an advanced diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Colleen joined the college in 2003 and has served in numerous capacities, including Coordinator in the School of Community and Workforce Development, Coordinator of Cooperative Placements, and an Instructor in Exploring Careers in Trades – Dual Credit. Colleen has been a member of the Recruitment team since 2013 and has a passion for inspiring students to explore careers and find the path that best suits them. Colleen’s two daughters are recent Cambrian graduates, so she also has firsthand experience as a parent guiding them through their career choices and education pathways.

  • All lectures are free.
  • Register before May 9 for a chance to win a $100 gift card
  • All attendees will be eligible for a chance to win one of three exclusive Cambrian swag packages valued at $250 each!
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The Parents As Career Coaches Lecture Series is a presentation of Cambrian College, the Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, The School College Work Initiative, and the Ontario Post-secondary Access & Inclusion Program (OPAIP).


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