Right Direction Online

May 26, 2020

Kalkidan Mulugeta

My project for this year was with Career Trek and basically I have been taking all of CT’s old photos the had in boxes and archive them. For those who don’t know archive is basically, taking older artifacts and putting them in one place and organizing them.

After I archived the photos, I started working on the timeline you’ve been reading. I started to contact people who had gone through CT and interview them on what their experience was like, and how the things they learned at CT help them today. 

I’ve really enjoyed working on this project and it’s been really fun learning about the amazing things CT does, especially after being in the program when I was younger,  and how they’re giving kids the opportunity to learn about different careers at a young age. It’s important for kids to know what opportunities are available for them. 

May 26, 2020

Judy Braun

Judy’s favorite part about CT is being able to connect with so many different kids, “every experience is different.” Judy says. 

Judy’s favorite memory was being a part of a pilot project called “Pre-school Trek” The project was created to help 3 and ½ year-olds get ready for school. By providing parents with a series of eight books and a toolkit with things their kids need to know before going to school. 

The M program graduation is also another thing Judy loves at CT, “Its incredible to see the passion they have” Being mom’s at such a young age and also having the drive to want education as well. 

Currently, all staff are working from home as of March 18, 2020. 

With a pause in our current programming, Career Trek staff – both full-time and part-time – are using the time to develop online activities related to career exploration that we are posting on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Staff are taking a deep dive into our programming and curriculum – updating training material, creating and updating lessons; and we are making plans to continue the work we started to expand programs to other regions in the province.” – Wrote Rhonda Taylor, Career Trek CEO.

Judy talks about how the experience has been with online meetings in replacement of in-person meetings. “I like it in person…You connect differently” Judy says. But at the same time, in-person meetings are a lot longer, whereas online video chats are shorter and more productive.  

CT staff are working hard to create an amazing experience next semester. By looking at how they can add in careers that are new because of COVID-19. 

Currently, they are still providing ways for kids to be engaged and learning about different careers by doing Career Trek @Home. By letting kids experience different careers with the things they have at home. Learning about food development specialists by making ice cream with milk ice and sugar, or Announcers by creating your own podcast just by recording yourself talking about whatever you want to. 

CT still wants kids to continue learning about different careers, while there is a lot of uncertainty. “History changes what we do today, today will be history,” Judy says.

May 26, 2020

Ashley Esau

Ashley Esau was a Career Trek (CT) participant from Frontenac, in 2000. 

Ashley was chosen to participate in the Wonder of Work program in grade 7 and had the opportunity to go to The University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and Red River College. She loved school and had a passion for learning, so Career Trek was a perfect fit for her.

A highlight from programming for Ashley was when she experienced Red River College and discovered what it was like being in broadcasting.

Another one of her favorite moments from CT was when the teacher connected with the kids by telling them that “Cheez Whiz has plastic, the same thing chairs are made of”

For parents considering letting their kids be part of CT, “100% it’s a great program,” Ashley says. She went on to say that it’s an interactive way to get kids thinking about post-secondary. 

Ashley says the programming taught her organization, responsibility, and time management, “because kids have to wake up on time,”. It also teaches kids confidence and “to not be scared to ask questions,” Ashley says.

CT exposes participants to different careers at a young age and gives them the opportunity to make friends from outside of their school who share this incredible experience.

February 25, 2020

Angela Grospe’s Career Trek Story

At first, she wanted to pursue massage therapy but her mom was very against her going into massage therapy, for concern of her hands. While at GRTW she didn’t have an idea of what she wanted to do, but she knew one thing. “I wanted to be able to heal someone with my hands,” Grospe says. 

While in GRTW Angela got the chance to go on a trip to Brandon with the Manitoba Bisons Basketball team, and she got to spend time with an Athletic Therapist and have hands-on experience. “My eyes were just twinkling at that point,” Grospe says. 

That moment was where she realized athletic therapy was what she wanted to do. 

During high school, Grospe forgot about Athletic therapy. After a problem with her application into a music school, Grospe decided to go to the University of Winnipeg and take the course intro to kinesiology instead.  

Currently, she is teaching Athletic Therapy in Career Trek’s M Program, while she was teaching athletic therapy she realized that Career Trek was the reason that she was in Athletic Therapy. “until I started piecing things together.” Grospe says. 

Angela gives advice to the next generation coming into Career Trek. She thinks people should pay attention to the things that there being taught and being shown, appreciate your time and take all that you can get from it, 

“If you find something you’re interested in read more into it”

May 19, 2017

If you don’t use your voice, no one can hear you

Program helps young leader become a champion  

At a School Division Board meeting, just days before her convocation ceremony of March 11, eleven-year-old Rebecca Cheasley found the courage to stand up for a program that she loves, Career Trek.


July 13, 2016

Setting the Steeles Up for Success

Cassidy and Jorja were surprisingly focused considering their mother Keely had to call them in from outside, where they were riding a quad on a fresh summer adventure outside The Pas.


May 11, 2016

Young Mothers Make News

The hard work and persistence of ‘M’ Program participants paid off yesterday when their well earned graduation ceremony was recognized by friends, family, and CBC news.



March 18, 2016

Supporting Kids Who Are Trying to Find Their Voice

Sitting at an impressively large round table in the boardroom of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), twenty or so teenagers from Career Trek’s Children Rising Program are here to receive a tour of the iconic “first of it’s kind” organization.


SheilaNorthWilson_APT_CR_2016 (WR)APTN is “first of it’s kind” because it was the first network in the world to produce programs by, for, and about Aboriginal people.  In a sense, it is the voice of the Canadian Aboriginal community.


It’s a fitting setting for an inspirational talk about finding your voice in a world where some people face extra challenges and not enough support.


Chief Sheila North Wilson of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) First Nation shared stories with the participants, recounting the high and low points she encountered on her very own career path.


“When I first came to Winnipeg I had no idea what city life was like.  I didn’t fit in and was two grades behind in high school,” says Wilson.  “When I was in Oxford House, I was one of the top students, and I had perfect attendance.”


The shock of the transition to Winnipeg left Wilson struggling.  She struggled with her school work, with bullying, and with shyness that left her speechless.


“That shaped my first introduction to city life,” says Wilson.  “I got into different situations that could have been really dangerous.”


Wilson recounts how she was chased around downtown, jumped into a stranger’s car, and wound up almost being “recruited” by her 15-year-old girlfriend’s 40-year-old boyfriend.


“I thought life was going to be perfect in the city.  It didn’t take long for my self-esteem to go all the way down,” says Wilson.


SheilaNorthWilson_APTN_CR (WR) 2At age 26 she began to take control of her life because she didn’t want to be in a rut.  She started her own business, went to college, and landed her dream job: Journalist at CBC.


“Telling stories is very important.  We all have a role to play in our society and I found my job as a reporter very important,” says Wilson.


After seven years at CBC, Wilson began a new chapter in her life.


“The more I did stories about murdered and missing Aboriginal Women…it became more urgent for me to do something rather than just say something in a story,” says Wilson. “My activism was starting to get strong in my own mind and my own self.”

Wilson accepted a job as the Communications Manager for Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief, Derek Nepinak.  She used her knowledge of how the media operates to coach him on how to approach media and talk to them. Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs soon became one of the loudest voices in First Nations advocacy.


Soon after, she was encouraged to run for Chief of her home community MKO.  She was unsure whether she wanted the job or not; until one fateful day she was delivering a speech to a graduating class.  “Go succeed, come back to your community and invest in your community, and put effort into making your community better,” she said.  And it struck her that she had to live up to what she was saying.


Only six months into her new job as Chief, she is sitting at that impressively large round table at APTN with twenty or so teenagers from Career Trek and sharing her story and the secret to her and her husband’s success: support.


“I think it was because I believed in him and he believed in me.  We saw no limits in each other.  We just tried everything we wanted to do and that’s where we are,” says Wilson.


Dec 12 Make Up Artist (31) (WR)Much like Wilson and her husband believing in and supporting each other, Career Trek believes in the limitless potential in every kid.  The Children Rising Program recognizes that some kids have extra challenges and tries to provide the support that is necessary to rise over them and become the voice of their community for the next generation.


“I think Career Trek is helping you figure out what you want to do and where you want to go,” Wilson tells the participants.  “I think that I would have liked that when I was your age because I didn’t have anyone to show me how to transition into the next step.”


“I would take every opportunity to learn because the faster you learn the faster you get to where you are trying to get,” says Wilson.

July 24, 2014

Career Trek Treasurer Hits a Home Run

For Career Trek board member Vic Bellay, the impact of playing fast-pitch softball as a youth has reverberated through his life, like the shockwave after a bat hits a ball.