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Fusion Charlottetown – Young Perspectives Driving Change

Almost a year ago, I was asked to be on the board of an upcoming group called “Fusion Charlottetown”. Fusion Charlottetown is a volunteer based non-profit organization challenging young professionals, aged 20-40, to be active in shaping our City’s future.

We held a launch event in June that was attended by approximately 300 people. The results from our launch event is where we identified 5 main categories of initiatives that volunteers wanted to work on:

  • Sustainability
  • Health & Wellness
  • Urban Design
  • Arts & Culture
  • Entrepreneurship & Employment

fusion event

Vanessa Smith and I are the co-Chairs of the Entrepreneurship & Employment Action Team. We met with some people on our action team last month and identified 3 main areas to focus on:

  1. Developing a Mentorship / Peer Mentorship Culture
  2. Developing a Business Navigator / Information Website
  3. Buy Local Campaign

fusion board

We are working on our first item on the agenda now:

Fusion Charlottetown’s Entrepreneurship & Employment action team expressed an interest in fostering a culture of mentorship in the community.  Not only do we want to see young people being mentored by older people, but would like to complement that with peer mentorship where likeminded people can learn from one another’s experiences.  What is peer mentorship? How does peer mentorship take place? What are some best practices if you would like to engage in a peer mentoring relationship?  These are questions that we will discuss in an event we are partnering with this Wednesday, October 7th at the Atlantic Technology Center at 2-5pm.

This event will be moderated by The Mentra. There will be a panel answering questions on peer mentorship.  Then we will engage in group discussions on what peer mentorship means to you and how we can help develop more peer mentoring in Charlottetown.  This event will be followed by a networking opportunity.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following partners and sponsor:

The Mentra

Fusion Charlottetown


Island Advance Initiative of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

– Venue Sponsor: LaunchPad PEI

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