Guest blog today from Carly Schwartz, student/mentee in the 2010 National Mentoring Program. Thanks Carly and Best of Luck at Meal Exchange this summer. Cheers!
On the morning of May 20th, 2010, there was an anxious buzz in the air. Not only was it a beautiful day outside in downtown Toronto, but it was also the day where students of the National Mentoring Program and their charities would meet their Molson mentors face-to-face over lunch at the Toronto Board of Trade. There was already a solid relationship formed between the mentors and mentees through weekly phone calls and emails over the past few months, but finally connecting the voice to a face was an exciting experience!
The afternoon began with some mingling. Having never met my mentor before, it was quite fun trying to pick out who I thought would be the face to the voice I knew like the back of my hand! Once everyone connected with their mentors and settled in with their delicious food, NMP Founder Mary Donohue welcomed us all and introduced us to Amir Remtulla, Molson Coors Canada Senior Director Public Affairs. Mr. Remtulla presented Mr. Ootes, humanitarian and City of Toronto Councillor, who spoke of the value of community volunteering, something which everyone involved in the National Mentoring Program is extremely passionate about and can relate to in their own way.
As the lunch began to wind down, students were able to chat with each other and share their stories from the first couple weeks of working with their charities. It was not only exciting meeting my Molson mentor, but also a lot of fun getting a chance to see what amazing projects my friends were tackling this summer. With all the excitement and anticipation in the air, it is evident that this summer is going to be an unforgettable one for all the students, mentors, and their charities!