This presentation will look at how to close the job gap for African Canadians and First nation males as they navigate the minefield of finding work and careers in Canada and, in particular, Nova Scotia. This process begins with how we approach and connect with these men in the organizations in which we work within. With the many messages that we receive today in the dominant media culture often where we are working from cripples us from providing the very best service possible when we connect with youth in search of employment in an economy that is struggling to understand where we go from here.

CaroleSandyCarole Sandy’s career in the field of education and counselling spans over 10 years. She has worked in post-secondary education, serving as Manager of Enrolment services, Student Success Counsellor, Academic Advisor and an Admissions Coordinator at major post-secondary institutions. In addition, she has counselled and coached Master level students on course sequencing, international exchanges and specializations, and has effectively advised and evaluated applicants, both domestic and international.  With a Master of Counselling graduate degree, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work. In the last two years, she has worked as a counsellor with domestic violence victims and offenders. Her training in narrative and solution focus counselling allowed her to assist clients in creating a new voice to help them find their way out of hurt, shame and frustration.

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