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Making Spirits Bright

Jan 5, 2018

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By Lisa Lenkart

Dumont Technical Institute students in Regina were recently treated to an afternoon of special events. With the stress of program demands and the holiday season looming, it was time for the students to be empowered, inspired and pleasantly surprised by an afternoon that brought many smiles and even a few tears.

The event in took place on November 28 and began with representatives from the Regina branch of Dress for Success highlighting the services they provide for women going out into the workforce. Each year, this organization supports Dumont Technical Institute students who are transitioning from graduation to employment with more than just interview and work attire. Dress for Success seeks to empower women with the confidence they need to be successful in the workplace.

Mona Hill from IGNITE introduced the guest speaker for the afternoon, Chasity Benjoe. Chasity began her journey with IGNITE and acknowledged this organization and Dress for Success for their support in helping her to achieve her goals and to set new ones. Chasity is currently a student at the First Nations University of Canada. She shared a powerful and inspiring story about her journey. Embedded in her story were lessons about positive choices, learning to love who you are, and looking to the future with an unrelenting focus on what you want to accomplish. The interactive Q&A that followed was indicative of the impact her story had on those present.

At the close of the event, Sparkle Ambassadors from Hillberg and Berk, a Saskatchewan-based jewellery company, surprised the students in Adult Basic Education, Office Administration, and Practical Nursing programs with two sets of their signature Sparkle Ball earrings; one pair to keep and one to give away. The message of their seasonal Sparkle campaign is to recognize the unique ‘sparkle’ in each student and to give them an opportunity to pass this message on to someone special in their lives. A symbolic and fitting close to an afternoon filled with affirmation and inspiration.

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