Over the past ten years, Sandra Saric's excitement for Information Technology has renewed every day. In her current role at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for-profit sector council that strives to create a strong, prepared and highly educated Canadian ICT industry and workforce, Sandra has been active in the promotion of diversity in Canada's ICT workforce, particularly in the recruitment and advancement of both women in ICT and internationally educated ICT professionals.
CATA WIT Forum applauds Sandra for her tremendous efforts as Mentorship Champion to launch the Ottawa Mentorship Pillar. We asked Sandra to share with us her personal thoughts on the importance of being a mentor and being mentored.
Sandra Saric: "I have moments where life stands still, where all of life's answers seem at my fingertips but I have no idea how I reached this questionless calm. When I think back, it was often with the support of a mentor. Throughout our lives, there are significant individuals who have played a role in our decisions, our careers and our growth, sometimes as listeners, supporters, or advisors and other times as influencers and instigators. For me it started with my parents, the endless cheerleaders, who dispelled the idea of gender roles and opened my world to infinite possibility. Next, it was my grade eight teacher, who encouraged me to break the timid mold that peers around had set for me. Along the way, my mentors have shaped, defused, encouraged, and reinforced my choices and my personal and professional growth.
As a mentor, I try to do the same. Being a mentor is even more rewarding than having a mentor. To know through a smile or silent observation that you've made the road a little less bumpy in someone's path of life elicits no words, but it's definitely a moment where life stands still yet again."
CATAWIT has launched its Ottawa Mentorship Pillar to
- Encourage innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
- Promote talents and strengths
- Cultivate and develop leaders
- Provide a safe and supportive environment respecting diversity
- Inspire the achievement of one's own professional goals
If you are interested in becoming a CATAWIT mentor or protégé, please contact Sandra Saric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Ottawa WIT Events
Our second annual Women, Wine and WIT Reception will take place on November 27th at Terence Robert Gallery, 4:30 pm to 7:00 p.m., 551 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (between Rideau and Murray Streets). Take a break from the usual and join us to view the works of established and emerging Canadian contemporary artists, hear from our featured speaker Ann Max of Organized to the Max Ltd, and meet and mingle with other CATA WIT Forum members and their guests. See details
We really want to hear from you! Planning is underway for a professional development event in Spring 2008. Please click here to complete our short survey.
You may also be interested to learn that CATA has a team integrating conversational networks such as Facebook, Plaxo and LinkedIn, into the CATA B2B Platform as part of expanding CATA’s business networking and outreach capabilities. Some of the largest work networks on Facebook (www.facebook.com) now include: Ernst & Young, Sun Microsystems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell Oil, Bank One, and National Health Service. Please join existing CATA WIT members on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5588357735. You can add your comments and thoughts to topics such as: Are Women Under-represented in the High Tech Sector? Current Facebook members can subscribe directly to the CATA WIT Facebook group.