Media Advisory - DreamCatcher Mentoring Program Ramps Up for the 2009/10 School Year With a Mentor's Visit to the Yukon to Meet Their Student

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - During the week of September 7 - 10, 2009
media are invited to meet with Josh Silvertown, Action Canada Fellow and
Executive Director of DreamCatcher Mentoring and Dr. Moira Grant (Director of
Research at the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science and Associate
Clinical Professor at McMaster University) in Whitehorse as they launch the
DreamCatcher Mentoring program for 2009/2010. As a Canadian Institutes of
Health Research affiliated mentor, Moira mentored a student at Porter Creek
Secondary (as a medical/research technologist) during the 2009 school year.
This is the first time, a DreamCatcher Mentoring "mentor will meet face to
face with her/his student". In addition to meeting her student, Moira will be
conducting science workshops in the classrooms of Whitehorse schools while
helping bolster the launch of DreamCatcher Mentoring's sixth year delivering
its e-mentoring program. Silvertown and Grant will also fly to Dawson City and
Pelly Crossing to meet with school representatives for the launch of the
program in the Robert Service and Eliza Van Bibber Schools. In further support
of this year's DreamCatcher Mentoring Yukon tour and 2009/10 program launch,
Silvertown and other DreamCatcher Mentoring supporters will visit other
communities throughout the territory.
    DreamCatcher Mentoring started in 2005 as an Action Canada Fellows'
project. It is an innovative Canadian leadership and e-mentoring program for
Northern Canadian youth. The program aims to empower youth by helping them to
identify their career aspirations by connecting them with a Canadian mentor
working in the students' aspired career field. DreamCatcher Mentoring's
founders believe that an empowering, one-to-one, high-quality mentoring
program gives students the confidence, skills, and drive to create attainable
goals, complete their education, and work towards their dreams and
aspirations. Since its inception in 2005, DreamCatcher Mentoring has engaged
over 300 students in 13 Yukon schools (both rural and urban) and 1 Nunavut
School. In an effort to provide northern youth with access to a diverse group
of mentors, regardless of their geographical location, DreamCatcher Mentoring
has developed an innovative form of online E-Mentoring, which allows students
to interact with their Canadian mentors from around the globe through a secure
and monitored online environment.

For further information:

For further information: Josh Silvertown, Executive Director and
Co-Founder, DreamCatcher Mentoring,, (647) 205-4402,
or Beverly Sembsmoen, Vice-President and Co-Founder, DreamCatcher Mentoring,, (867) 334-5403,

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