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“We are thrilled to announce the successful launch of the Mentorship & Resilience Project (MRP)!

The event kicked off with warm greetings from our esteemed Project Leads, Dr. Cecilia Bukutu and Dr. Viola Manokore alongside distinguished guests including the Deputy Provost, CUE: Dr. Andreas Guelzow; Executive Director, Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism, GoA: Ms. Allison Pfeifer; and MLA, Edmonton South (1st Black Female MLA in Alberta): Ms. Rhiannon Hoyle.

Following an insightful overview of the Mentorship & Resilence Project (MRP) by the Project Leads, attendees engaged in Mentee & Mentor meetups, capturing unforgettable moments with group photographs. Breakout Sessions, led by Dr. Sentsetsa Pilane and Ms. Kerry Woodland of BGCBigs (Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton), empowered participants on mentorship dynamics. A highlight was the Workshop Session led by Mr. Sahr Saffa, igniting inspiration with his talk on “Using Volunteerism to Align with Your Ikigai and Unlock Doors” – truly remarkable! Closing remarks from the Project Leads concluded the launch, paving the way for refreshments and networking opportunities.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE), Norquest CollegeBGCBigsCUE Black Students Association, and the Government of Canada (Project Funder) for their invaluable support in bringing the MRP to fruition. With confidence and enthusiasm, we look forward to a successful execution of the Project!”
-Mayowa Oladipo, MRP Mentor

“Thank you very much for the launch event last Friday. I enjoyed every minute of it. I was happy to meet my mentor & I’m looking forward to a great year full of some wise guidance from him.”
-MRP Mentee

“I am so excited to be part of the Mentorship and Resilience Program as a Mentor to help empower Black youth in Alberta to build resiliency and achieve success. It’s amazing to see the community come together to support and uplift our youth.”
-Dr. Cleopatra Mushonga, MRP Mentor