Diva Girls' Blog Post - December 7th (Rogers Trip)
Today was incredible due to the awesome support of Rogers Women's Network and the Canadian Women's Foundation! The girls took a field trip to the Rogers Media Communications' campus in downtown Toronto for a experiential skills development activity day with industry mentors.
Upon arrival, the girls were seated in a meeting room where one of the presenters, Samantha Crawford, started off with the Land Acknowledgement.
After that she offered a quick run-through of what we were going to do that day and introduced us to the people in the room. This led us into the ice breaker game about what everyone wanted to learn while meeting new people.
The girls listed things like: the future, their name, cooking, food, and more. There was a lot of diversity in the things stated by both the girls and the women that work at Rogers. After the ice breaker, a guest speaker, Tracy Moore from Cityline TV, shared a presentation on confidence, resiliency, and how things are unexpected.
|Tracy Moore of Cityline|
After Tracy had presented, the girls partnered up for a round robin type interview with the industry mentors.
After a quick break, we took a tour of the broadcasting and radio stations. Though Focus has its own broadcasting and radio stations that the girls previously worked with, these well-appointed spaces really caught their attention. They liked the idea of seeing themselves on screen in a professional setting. This will help the girls' program facilitators to figure out what future activities can help put this experience into work.
|Studio of Tim and Sid|
The girls were then given access to the Sportsnet room where our tour coordinator, Pilar Thomas, talked about what she looks for in someone she wants to hire. She talked about how a resume and experience can only take someone so far and that what really matters is the personality and how they conduct themselves at the interview.
For example, Pilar shared how she hired someone who had little experience and will do everything in her power to keep her at the company because of the excellent work ethic and professional personality. Hard work does pay off! I think this is one of the most important messages to get across, and I'm glad the girls had someone working in a high position of responsibility bring this forward.
|Studio of SPORTSNET|
During these tours the girls learned of careers they hadn't even thought of before, such as careers finding suitable clothing for famous guests. The DIVAS were also very interested in the cosmetic makeup aspect of getting ready for the cameras!
|Kiss 92.5 radio station|
At the close of the hands-on tour, the girls returned to the meeting room for a closing talk and they were given gift bags from the members of Rogers before wrapping up the field trip.
Thank you again to Rogers and CWF for an engaging day, connecting youth with industry leaders, which we believe may help inspire the next generation of Canada's broadcasters.
The future looks bright, especially under all those high-power studio lights!
-Regent Park Focus, updated 2019