The first ever Young Professionals Week Canada (YPWeekCanada) is being declared nationwide. The initiative originated in Thunder Bay, Ontario, by SHIFT, Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network in 2015, evolved to be celebrated provincially in 2016 through a partnership with the Young Professionals Network of Ontario, and has now expanded to include the entire country.
The week-long national movement recognizes young professionals in Canada for their contributions to their communities, while sparking meaningful conversations about issues that matter to the under 40 demographic. Young professional networks and groups in Canada have worked with municipalities and cities to get the week officially declared in over 80 locations, including Thunder Bay.
“I would have never thought that the project would have grown so quickly. An initiative that started two years ago in a community in Northern Ontario has grown into a national initiative to celebrate young professionals in each corner of our amazing country,” says Michael Nitz, President and Founder of Young Professionals Network Ontario. “Over the past year, I’ve spoken to leaders of young professional networks across the country and one thing is clear - young professionals are making a huge impact in Canada. Not only are these individuals the leaders of tomorrow, but they are the leaders of today. ”Communities are being encouraged to participate in YPWeekCanada through various local initiatives such as social media campaigns and events. The week focuses on what it means to be a young professional in Canada, and educates cities and employers on the importance of retaining and supporting young professionals in communities and the workplace.
“YPWeekCanada brings the country together to celebrate the under 40 demographic. The week is about recognizing successes but also promoting dialogue between young professionals, local businesses and leadership, and establishing an environment that fosters feelings of engagement, empowerment, purpose and future development,” says Amanda Bay, SHIFT President. “SHIFT is pleased to help foster this collaborative, national effort to highlight the under 40’s. It is also an important opportunity to explore the development of unique strategies to retain and attract young professionals to communities.”
SHIFT is hosting two key events during YPWeekCanada. A neighbourhood BBQ and Tbaylovin cleanup is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th, at Evergreen a United Neighbourhood. The event is free to young professionals but those interested are asked to register. The young professionals network will also hold a Thunder Bay Paint Party on Thursday, May 18th, following its Annual General Meeting. The painting event will feature networking, will highlight a local business, unveil a new campaign to showcase and celebrate SHIFTers, and include a paint lesson on a giant canvas. For further details and to register for the events, visit shiftnetwork.ca or SHIFT’s official Facebook page.
Throughout the week people are also encouraged to acknowledge the movement and recognize inspiring young professionals via social media using the hashtag #YPWeekCanada. The week is also expected to be recognized by Provincial and Federal Governments.
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