Thanks to the many professionals who have invited us to work with their students, teams and organizations, and to those who have shared the impact of our work on their pathway to success.
Shari and Sara are incredibly knowledgeable educators and engaging as presenters! Their adaptability to our group’s needs and has been very helpful and beneficial to the growth and development of our student and professional leaders. I also want to commend their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Their approach is very intentional, patient and willingness to acknowledge potential short falls of Strengths Based Leadership from an EDI lens. Their passion for Strengths really brings this approach to life!
-CARMEN L., ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (2022)
I feel as though every team should engage in a workshop like this. It is fun, invigorating, and a great opportunity to learn about yourself and others in the workplace while developing your professional skills. Highly recommend! And thank you to the facilitators for the lively workshop.
-GOVERNMENT OF CANADA EMPLOYEE (2021)
We are so grateful to Sara for her support on our curriculum and assessment project. She mentored us, supported us, and provided a variety of tools, ideas and strategies to improve our data collection. Sara really helped share our next steps for our program and justify our ROI. We will absolutely have Sara back to review our programs again in the future.
-JESSICA L., ALGONQUIN COLLEGE (2020)
Thanks to the Shari and Sara! They were so knowledgeable, fun and light hearted especially on a Friday afternoon. I hope they come back in the future and we can keep digging in further into our strengths and how we can keep using them more effectively.
-BELL CANADA EMPLOYEE (2021)
I honestly couldn't be more grateful for Shari and Sara giving us this amazing [mastermind] learning experience. They were organized, thoughtful, and excellent teachers. Thank you so much for this valuable experience!!
-MASTERMIND PARTICIPANT (2021)
As a Supervisor, [the Strengths workshop] with Shari was helpful for me because it showed me how to best leverage my staff team's strengths. I was able to maximize my team’s abilities to perform tasks and objectives that they could succeed in, but it also showed highlighted areas of growth for them.
-JECK B., UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO (2017)
I had the opportunity to work with Sara throughout the 2016 – 2017 school year to prepare for life after graduation. Sara helped me work on my resume, review interview questions, identify and consider my strengths and interests, all in an effort to help me find a career path best suited to my needs and goals. [...] I am so thankful to have had her support and can honestly say that I am a better professional because of the time we spent together.
-HAZEL K., UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO (2018)
Our government organization completed a three-hour workshop with Pathways for over 65 employees and it was one of the best professional development experiences we have ever had. The staff raved about the presenters, enjoyed the engaging discussions and activities, and still talk about how much they learned about their colleagues as a result. The case study at the end where the facilitators took a design thinking approach to addressing our projects from a strengths-based lens has changed the way we think about our work and has increased engagement as a result. We couldn't be happier with our investment and will definitely have Sara and Shari back for more professional development retreats in the future.
-HEATHER L., GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (2018)
Thank you so much for facilitating this session! We have received lots of positive feedback and more importantly, we are starting to use the strengths language in our meetings and discussions – it is great to see. We will likely do some follow up on the StrengthsFinder and our director has asked that we share with each other at our next staff meeting which statements from our sheet of theme insights we best relate to so that we can learn more about each other. It was a delight to work with you!
-SHANNON W., SCIENCE ASSOCIATION (2017)
We worked with Pathways to integrate Strengths for Students into our grade 10 careers class and embed it into a culminating assignment for the class. The strengths approach fit so perfectly into the curriculum and my students were excited to learn more about themselves through the process. Compared to past years, the students' reflections in their assignments were so much more specific and thorough, particularly because they were making connections between their unique themes and the career options they wanted to explore. This is a must-do for all guidance counsellors and careers teachers!