Wonder of Work Parkland

Wonder of Work Parkland (WOW Parkland and formerly Children Rising) is designed to ease young people through the major turning points in their education and career paths.

Created in partnership with the community,WOW Parkland empowers children to chart the course of their education and discover the world of work, while being mindful of individual and cultural experiences of the school system.

Our unique model blends rural and urban, Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in order to break down barriers, build understanding, create a sense of community, and lay the foundation for smooth education and career progress.

70 participants take day trips to Brandon along with experiencing local programming. They get the chance to explore occupations and professions at post-secondary institutions and training facilities in Westman and Parkland regions. 

WOW Parkland gets children and parents from different communities and backgrounds working together to prepare participants for the progression to high school, post-second­ary education, and on to their chosen career paths.

With WOW Parkland, a career path is no longer a guessing game and children become their own career champions.

How It Works

WOW Parkland is an eight-year program that provides long-term support, promotes cultural under-standing, and encourages relationship building between individuals and communities.


Phase One (Years 1-4)

Children enter Phase One at the age of ten-or-eleven and take weekend trips to Winnipeg and, when available, day trips to rural campuses. They get hands-on experience in up to 80 occupations and professions. From Medical Doctor and Bio-Systems Engineer to Archaeolo­gist and Actor, children get to try a wide range of occupations and professions.

Phase Two (Years 5-8)

Participants enter Phase Two at the age of 14 or 15 and spend the program season working on the employability and life skills necessary to become engaged and successful adults.

From Carpenter and Journalist to Chef and Radiation Therapist, youth get hands-on experience that helps them better understand their options.


It’s hard to be successful without support and encouragement. WOW Parkland strives to meet the emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs of students and families.


Students are expected to maintain excellent attendance, actively engage in lessons, and contribute to a respectful and positive learning environment.

Fee: there is a participation fee of $25 for joining the program.


Transportation: bus service is provided to all participants.

Graduation: at the end of Phase One program participants attend a formal graduation ceremony in recognition of their hard work. individuals

Ojibway Translation

Children Rising – Who is it For?

Children Rising – What is it About?

Children Rising – What is it?

Children Rising – Getting There?

Children Rising – Commitment.

Children Rising – Rise Up!

For more information contact:

Wonder of Work Parkland
Lenya Wilks
Program Coordinator (Westman, Parkland)
Wonder of Work


February 8, 2018

Wonder of Work Parkland: Cancelled for February 10

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel Programming for Wonder of Work Parkland for this Saturday February 10th, 2018. We will be continue to provide programming February 24th. Thank you for your understanding.

March 16, 2017

Children Rising Cancelled (Mar. 17-19)

Please be advised, the Children Rising trip planned for this upcoming weekend has been cancelled, due to the icy road conditions.  For more information contact Jami Turetsky at 204-648-4612.

August 19, 2016

Job Opportunities at Career Trek

Career Trek is looking to fill three Program Coordinator positions in the Westman and Parkland Regions. Visit our careers webpage for more information.

June 23, 2016

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Donate to Career Trek during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge & every dollar raised enters us for a chance to win $10,000.