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Operation Minerva Group Thanks CCWESTT for Supporting Operation Minerva Day 2019

By: Operation Minerva Group

Dear CCWESTT 2018 Conference Committee,

On behalf of the entire Operation Minerva Planning Committee I would like to thank you for your generous donation to Operation Minerva Day 2019! Your funds were used to cover bussing, (traditionally the most expensive component of running this event), paying for substitutes for our dedicated teacher volunteers and as awards for the essay contest.

For our 30th anniversary of Operation Minerva Day this year, we were able to broaden our impact and reach by providing 139 Grade 8 girls from 40 schools throughout Calgary and surrounding areas, with the opportunity to job-shadow successful female STEM professionals. This year we had 14 different STEM organizations/groups participate as job-shadowing hosts. These organizations included Benevity, Enmax, Stantec and various research labs at the University of Calgary! Students spent Operation Minerva Day onsite with their mentors where they got to tour the facilities, learn about their day-to-day duties, and participate in fun, hands-on activities designed to teach them more about the profession. From drilling into cakes to learn about oil-well mapping to observing a model car running on hydrogen fuel cells, the girls had a variety of exciting stories to share at the end of their job-shadowing experience!

Thank you once again for helping make this incredible event possible! If you would like any more information about event day or how your funds were utilized please let me know. If you're curious to learn more about what goes on at the job-shadowing sites check out this UToday article written about the program:

Best regards,

Fariha Khaliq
Operation Minerva Coordinator

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Canadian Commission for UNESCO Spring Newsletter

By: Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is pleased to share with you this second edition of their newsletter.

View the Spring Newsletter HERE!

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CAF-FCA Apprenticeship News – Spring Issue


Welcome to the spring edition of Apprenticeship News!  Read on to get details of upcoming events, including the 2019 Supporting Women in Trades Conference and updates on CAF-FCA research activities.  

Be sure to check out the first edition of our ED Blog where France Daviault reflects on her first six months since joining the CAF-FCA team.  

View Apprenticeship News – Spring Issue.

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Statistics Canada Releases Report - Persistence and representation of women in STEM programs

By: Statistics Canada

The underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and computer science) has attracted considerable attention, and many have wondered whether women are more likely than men to quit STEM programs at university. Using data from the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP), this study follows a cohort of students who enrolled in a STEM program in 2010 over a number of years, in order to see the extent to which women and men persist in and eventually graduate from STEM programs.

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WISEatlantic Update - Spring 2019

By: WISEatlantic

The NSERC Women in Science and Engineering – Atlantic Region Program (WISEatlantic), chaired by Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal at Mount Saint Vincent University (the Mount) in Halifax, NS, has had a busy Fall/Winter and is set to have just as busy of a Spring!

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, WISEatlantic hosted a role model session at the Mount’s annual Girls Conference. On March 23rd WISEatlantic hosted the first Girls Get WISE Science Retreat for girls in grades 7-10 at St. FX university, and on April 13th hosted the annual Girls Get WISE Science Retreat at the Mount. Another role model session for junior high girls took place as part of Skills Canada Nova Scotia’s Skilled Futures for Women event at Acadia University on April 26th.

WISEatlantic is also planning the biennial Atlantic ConnecTions Conference for Women in SETT, an official CCWESTT regional conference, which is taking place on May 30 & 31. Other events in the pipeline are the Junior and Senior Girls Get WISE Summer Science Camps, Junior camp from July 15-19 and Senior camp August 12-15. Camps take place at the Mount.

Information about WISEatlantic and all their events can be found on their website HERE!

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