Marsha John-Greenwood moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in 2015. She has a background in human resources consultation and change management. Today, she is the HR Transformation Lead at LCBO and made the decision to give back and become a mentor after her experience as a mentee. She has completed two partnerships.
When and How did you originally become involved in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership as a mentee?
I became involved with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership in 2016 as part of my HR bridging program.
Why did you become a mentor?
I always had a desire to volunteer and give something back. I have mentored undergraduates and work colleagues previously. I want to share what I have learnt through my personal or career journey. Being a mentor with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership has been a perfect opportunity to do this in a supportive environment where I too had been mentored.
How did mentoring help you with finding your first job in Canada?
Mentoring provided me with a sounding board, good feedback, and encouragement.
Can you give an example of how you’ve put your learning from the program into practice?
I used my learning as a mentee to seek more from my own mentees. It has taught me the importance of helping my mentees recognize their strengths and assist them to dig deep, persevere and also to be resourceful.
What advice would you give to a new mentee about how to make the most of the mentoring relationship?
Be open to do things differently, stay engaged, and be proactive!
What does being a mentor now mean to you?
Being a mentor gives me a sense of satisfaction to share what I have learned and experienced especially as I have been in my mentees’ shoes.
And lastly, could you please complete the following sentence…
“The future of mentoring is…essential to supporting those who want to pursue their career goals.”