an effort to assist Internationally educated and trained OPFA applicants
in seeking membership in the Association, the OPFA is developing
a mentoring program. The OPFA recognizes the benefits of mentoring
and how it supports the goal of the organization and the Code of
Ethics. The initiative will support the professional standards that
candidates must attain in order to be accepted as a member in the
Mentors are expected to be Registered Professional
Foresters who have at least 10 years of Ontario work experience
in forestry. They have a demonstrated understanding of the Canadian
workplace culture and knowledge of the skills required to meet market
demands as well as an interest in being an active member of the
OPFA. Many of the mentors are fluent in other languages and some
have undergone the same processes for establishing themselves in
Ontario. Mentors are prepared to answer questions and offer advice
on a variety of subjects including how to apply for membership,
potential employment opportunities, reviewing resumes, etc.
For those applicants wanting to commit themselves
to the Mentoring program we suggest reading the program outline
and following the procedures suggested. Click here for a complete
list of available Mentors.
- Is the Mentoring Program mandatory?
No. The program has been put in place to assist those who choose
- Do I get to choose who my mentor is?
Yes. A complete list of volunteer mentors is available on the
OPFA website. The list includes the members name, location, contact
information and a brief description of the skills they have to
offer you. You may choose to contact a few and then decide who
would be the best fit for you.
- How long does the program last?
The role of the mentor is to see the applicant through the process
of obtaining OPFA membership. Depending on each individual case
this could be anywhere from 6 months to 5 years.
- Is there a fee for the Mentoring Program?
There is no fee charged by either the OPFA or the mentor. Every
mentor is volunteering their time and efforts.
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