Take Our Kids to Work Day

Here’s yet another sign that I’m getting old: recently I took one of my teenage kids to work, yet again. The national annual Take Our Kids to Work Day falls at the beginning of November each year. The event has been Canada-wide since 1998, when The Learning Partnership took the GTA-based event national. This year’s program was sponsored by Scotiabank and had over 75,000 Canadian organizations, 18,000 teachers, and over 250,000 Canadian students in grade nine participating.

My Take Our Kids to Work Day experience

This year, my daughter Ainsley was one of 16 students who spent the day at the office. My Guelph-based organization, Homewood Health Centre, is one of the largest mental health and addiction facilities in Canada and has participated since 2007. According to our Director of Human Resources, Lori Wilson, the tradition is for a parent to organize the day’s agenda. In many organizations kids shadow their parents for the day, as was the case when my daughter Haley joined me at another organization a few years ago. At Homewood, students spend the day touring the campus, meeting program leaders, doctors, nurses and other professionals who work closely with patients and clients at Homewood.

When Ainsley brought home the permission form, I asked her why she wanted to participate.

“I really want to know more about what you do,” she said.

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