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Sherwood Park, AB. — It’s no secret having a mentor early in a person’s career offers big benefits. But finding that person can sometimes be challenging. That’s the goal of this year’s Student Skills Portfolio Breakfast—to connect high school students with the local business community. “I really enjoyed being able to show off my portfolio,” says Samantha Flint, a Grade 10 student at Ardrossan Junior Senior High. “I got constructive feedback on how to improve it and also got to meet a bunch of people from the business community.”

Hosted by the Sherwood Park & District Chambers of Commerce, the annual breakfast offers students the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and employment achievements with local business people. In the fall, the chamber supplied high school students throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) and Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) with skills portfolio binders. Since then, students have been busy filling and organizing their portfolios to document their skills, abilities, values and interests. Now complete, the students will present their portfolios at the Student Skills Portfolio Breakfast, taking place on May 25.

“These are people who can offer strategic advice, share their contacts and add professional support,” says Trina Boymook, the Board Chair of EIPS. “For our students to be able to develop connections and maintain relationships with people who can support them in their career it’s an invaluable experience that will ultimately aid their long-term success.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Marilyn Spilchen, the manager of corporate support for the non-profit group One! International Poverty Relief in Sherwood Park. Spilchen will share her story, the charity’s successes and challenges, and show students ways to enhance and build their own networks.

“The chamber is proud to be able to work with EIPS and EICS on this amazing project, which has been running for more than 20 years,” says Dave Stanley-Smith, the president of the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce. “Year after year, the Student Skills Portfolio program is a huge success and, for us, such a worthwhile one because we get to witness students building relationships, and respect, with the local business community.”

Since its inception in 1996, the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce has provided skills portfolios and related materials to approximately 3,000 high school students in EIPS and EICS annually. The 2017 Student Skills Portfolio Breakfast is sponsored by Strathcona County and the Office of Mayor Roxanne Carr.


EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

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For more information contact:
Joseph Clark, director, Learning Services, EIPS 780-417-8173
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902