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October 6, 2020

Fall Programming Update

The world has changed significantly since the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic on March 11th, 2020. COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including the ways in which we conduct ourselves and do business.


As a result of this disruption, businesses, organizations and society must pivot to create and innovate in order to remain relevant in what is becoming a wide-spread virtual reality. Career Trek is not immune to this new reality and as a result, we have been preparing to deliver the same engaging, impactful programming we always have, while following recommended health regulations. We plan to shift part of our service delivery model online, using a combination of online platforms along with apps and software programs that best suit our needs, ensuring the best possible learning experience for our participants.


Career Trek is looking at this moment in time as one of immense opportunity, for the organization and for program participants. Not only will Career Trek be able to continue to provide high quality, high impact programming, we will develop new and better ways to do so and expand the potential of the Wonder of Work program across regions and participants.


Career Trek is preparing options for virtual and hybrid approaches. Should in-person delivery become a possibility, the hybrid model would combine in-person and virtual resources. With post-secondary institutions being closed to on-campus activities this fall, we’ve been in discussion with a variety of partners to make arrangements for in-person programming: high schools, community and youth centres, and friendship centres.


With respect to in-person programming, Career Trek is taking time to consider the revisions required for our activities and lessons to ensure safety protocols are adhered to such as: smaller group sizes, limiting close contact of participants in our activities, and reducing the amount of shared supplies.


This new approach will allow us to engage more participants throughout the province through online lessons, including lessons that can be completed in a classroom, or at home, to supplement Manitoba curriculum outcomes and support recovery learning. Career Trek staff and partners are excited about the potential for this new model of program delivery. To learn more, please contact:


Allison Kirkland
Director of Programming 




April 7, 2020

Career Trek’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this time of immense stress and uncertainty, Career Trek would like to take a moment to thank all individuals who are working tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure we are safe and remain healthy. Thank you to every individual involved in our healthcare system, in our emergency and essential services; thank you to the grocery store staff, to truck drivers; to business owners using their facilities to meet the demands and create much needed supplies for our hospitals and emergency personnel. Thank you.

As we enter the fourth week of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Career Trek offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and The Pas will remain closed until further notice. However, we at Career Trek are still very active and working from our homes as we use this time to plan and prepare for the next stage of our programs and organization.

We have also taken some very exciting steps to further grow and develop our organization. Recently, we welcomed Allison Kirkland as our new Director of Programs. Previously Allison filled the role as Program Manager, Winnipeg Region and brings vast experience with programming at a multitude of non-profits in Winnipeg. We also added Kyle Mason as our new Director of Development.  Kyle brings nearly twenty years of non-profit management and fundraising experience to this new role, as he leads our efforts in growing public awareness and general support. We are very excited to have Allison and Kyle join our amazing team of gifted staff as we take Career Trek to new heights.

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. While we are unsure at this point if we can resume any of our programs, rest assured we will be ready for our regular program launch in the fall.

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and are making decisions about our offices and programming based on new information from our public health officials.

On behalf of Career Trek staff and its Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of our participants, families, partners and funders for your continued support of and belief in the work we do. We can’t do what we do without you. We are all in this together. Thank you.


Rhonda Taylor
CEO – Career Trek

April 6, 2020

Allison Kirkland named Director of Programming

Allison Kirkland

Career Trek is thrilled to announce that Allison Kirkland has accepted the position of Director of Programming. Kirkland was most recently Career Trek’s Program Manager, Winnipeg Region, and comes with numerous non-profit programming experience.

“After having been at Career Trek for the last year, I fully understand the importance of what we do and am looking forward to being a part of continuing to develop excellent programming and growth of the organization,” said Allison Kirkland.

As both an entrepreneur and non-profit leadership professional, Kirkland has a track record of developing and delivering high quality, high impact programs, online and in-person, to thousands of people across Canada. Whether it’s behind the scenes or face to face, her work has always been grounded in creating connections between people, programs and ideas.

“Allison brought so much experience to the role as Program Manger, I am certain she is the perfect fit to lead the entire programming team. I am looking forward to Allison being a part of our Senior Management team,” said Rhonda Taylor, Career Trek CEO.

April 6, 2020

Kyle Mason Named Director of Development

Kyle Mason

Career Trek is thrilled to announce that Kyle Mason has been hired on as the Director of Development. Mason has spent much of his career leading various non-profits.  During his career, he has also lead development teams that have raised millions of dollars in private donations.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Career Trek community and am looking forward to what can be done in this role. I know the amazing work Career Trek does and am proud to be a part of future growth,” said Mason.

Having most recently launched Kyle J. Mason consulting, Mason comes to Career Trek with much experience empowering organizations and is also a noted speaker across the province.

Mason has built his career on creating strengths-based community development, where the community is involved in the organizations growth.

“Kyle is coming to Career Trek with so much experience, we’re lucky to have him. I’m looking forward to working with him and am certain he was the ideal person to help with our success,” said Rhonda Taylor, Career Trek CEO.

March 13, 2020

Programming & Events Cancelled

We’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in terms of our programming while keeping your health and safety a top priority as always.

Career Trek has made the decision to cancel our programming and events starting immediately and continuing until after Easter. 

We recognize that there is much uncertainty at this time and since it is an evolving situation, we will be providing you with further updates and new information as it becomes available.

Let’s be sure to keep taking care of each other. We recommend you follow the guidelines provided by Manitoba Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada:

Please join us in working together to play our part in keeping ourselves and our community as safe and healthy as possible.

I thank you for your understanding.


Allison Kirkland
Director of Programs

May 19, 2017

Graduations Are Just the Beginning of a Bright New Future

In a work world of ever-increasing complexity children and youth often get bombarded with negative news about the state of the economy.  Skills mismatches, the offshoring of jobs, the threat of automation, and the ever-present haze of youth unemployment starts to seep into their consciousness and can’t help but cause worry.

But Career Trek can help!


July 7, 2016

More Than Ordinary

Career Trek’s 2016 Graduation Review

Georgina Hnatiuk was worried that her son and daughter would fall through the cracks of life, that their unique way of learning might be overlooked or underappreciated.


March 24, 2016

Future Journalist Award Winners

Career Trek is thrilled to announce the first-ever Future Journalist Award winners for the 2016 programing year are Adam Dyck, Jade Cayer, Colton Ross, Caleb Huberdeau, and Josh Calabio.


February 22, 2016

Welcome Estrella Gadian

Please join us in welcoming Estrella Gadian to Career Trek!

Estrella is Career Trek’s new Office Assistant.  She immigrated to Canada with her husband Romeo and son John on January 26, 2015.


July 30, 2014

Office Updates

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