Shifters

SHIFTer [ˈSHif-tər] noun

  1. an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay.
  2. a young person who believes in their own potential and wants to connect with others to get things done.

SHIFTer of the Month

Jessica Coley

Courtney Huls

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator; born and raised in Thunder Bay, spending most of my formative years in Shuniah. I choose to live, work and play in Thunder Bay as it truly is Superior by Nature. Thunder Bay’s diversity, accessibility and development allow me to pursue my interests while building a life in this beautiful city. My partner and I love this community, the diversity of local businesses, the accessibility to so many programs and initiatives as well as all the hiking and outdoor places to explore.  As a nature lover, avid hiker and adventurer, I am truly blessed to live in an active city, rich in nature. I love that I have the opportunity to hike the Sleeping Giant on the weekends and to greet the same World-Wonder on my drive down Red River each morning on commute.

As a working professional in Thunder Bay, it is the opportunities and possibilities that our beautiful city presents that have allowed me to establish and grow my career here while also setting roots for my future. After graduating from the Early Childhood Education program at Confederation College in 2012, I immediately started working for Little Lions Waldorf Child and Family Centre. Presenting children with unhurried, purposeful experiences (that consider the development of the whole child) and a profound appreciation for nature are the foundations of the Waldorf philosophy and what attracted me to Little Lions. These foundations, and the comfort in knowing their children are in the safe hands of professional, caring educators, are what have attracted young families to Little Lions’ eleven locations, time-and-time-again.

In the last six years, I’ve worked as frontline educator, centre supervisor, and recently took a part-time position with Confederation College as a Placement Advisor – supporting ECE students on field placement. I am an advocate for my profession as well as an advocate for children and families. I believe that by supporting parents in their role, they are more equipped to make the positive change in their family’s lives and in our city. I believe it takes a multitude of people and professionals that make up the “village” that raises the child; therefore, raising a healthy, creative, problem-solving generation. I am proud to be a part of that “village” for hundreds of families I’ve met over the years, even if for a short period of time. It is through my work and love for this city that I hope to be a part of the growth set to take place in Thunder Bay for many years.

I joined SHIFT Board of Directors this spring and represent SHIFT Membership Services. In my role, I hope to network and connect with young professionals who make a difference in their areas of work, including parents of young families. It excites me to connect with professionals like myself, who allow their passion for what they do drive themselves and their work forward.  Increased volunteering has been a goal of mine for some time; giving back to my community, while also involving myself in the community where I live, work and play. While networking with other young, creative, progressive talent, I have opportunities to volunteer my time in my community through SHIFT. I am excited to be a part of the SHIFT team and I look forward to meeting our members.

 

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Marla Henderson

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Peter Marchl

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Jessica Coley

Jessica Coley

SHIFTer Information

Shift is an incredibly diverse group of young people representing many professions and backgrounds. From business owners, entrepreneurs and trades people; to students, health specialists, and government employees, the uniqueness and connectedness of our members sets us apart. We offer three different types of membership to ensure that everyone can receive the benefits of becoming a SHIFTer. Not sure which membership you fall under? Send us an email under the CONTACT tab at the top of the page! Join SHIFT today.

SHIFTer - SHIFT Annual Membership

Are you an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay? Do you want to connect with others to get things done? SHIFT aims to retain and attract young professionals in Thunder Bay and support those #YPs to realize their goals while making an impact in the community. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Annual Membership to connect with like minded individuals in our community. 

Benefits of becoming a SHIFTer include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFTer you receive 20% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • Have the opportunity to become the SHIFTer of the Month that gets recognized on our website and our social media
  • Have the opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event
  • Have the opportunity to vote for SHIFT's board of directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Have the opportunity to partake in discussions and surveys that represent young professionals
 
SHIFT Ambassador

Are you over the age of 40 but still want to support young professionals in our community? Do you still want to be able to network with those #YPs that could potentially be your employees? We want your wisdom and for you to continue to stay involved and engaged with SHIFT. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Ambassador membership to continue to network and support young professionals within our community.

Benefits of becoming a SHIFT Ambassador include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFT Ambassador you receive 10% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • The opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event

Please note: SHIFT Ambassadors will be ineligible to vote during SHIFT's board of director elections as well as they will not be able to partake in surveys and discussions where the young professional demographic is being represented. 

SHIFT Corporate Partner - Corporate Membership

Register up to 5 members of your young talent through our new Corporate Membership for cost savings and the opportunity to connect your organization with our coveted list of members. Each member must be registered with an employee name and those individuals will be able to access the full range of individual membership benefits. Want to register more than 5? Access the corporate discount of $50 per additional member when registering today. E-mail info(at)shiftnetwork.ca to arrange for more than 5 employees under your corporate account.

EXCLUSIVE Corporate Membership Benefit: Opportunity to send out one e-mail to SHIFT members at a cost of $100.

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