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Cseking In with Myrna Stark from Invest Kelowna

In a bid to foster community integration and professional growth, Invest Kelowna’s Connector Program has been making waves since its inception in 2018.

Designed as a supportive network for newcomers—ranging from immigrants to trailing partners and students—the initiative pairs them with local professionals dubbed "connectors." These connectors generously volunteer their time to mentor and network with newcomers, aiming to facilitate smoother career transitions and expand social circles.

Myrna Stark Leader, a seasoned professional with a background in journalism and a deep-rooted passion for agriculture, enthusiastically champions this program. She highlights its pivotal role in linking newcomers with career opportunities and local insights.

Sharing success stories, such as a marketing professional securing a position at a local winery through a connector's recommendation, showcasing the program's tangible impact on career trajectories.

Despite its successes, challenges remain. Myrna stresses the program's need for heightened community awareness and additional connectors to bolster its effectiveness further.

For those eager to contribute or benefit from this initiative, she encourages visiting the Invest Kelowna website.

Whether you're keen to mentor as a connector or seeking invaluable support as a newcomer, the Connector Program stands as a beacon of Kelowna’s spirit of community and professional growth.

Check out more episodes of Cseking In here!



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