Connecting women in agriculture for personal and professional development is a cornerstone of the Ag Women's Network. The Ag Women’s Network Mentorship Program provides a unique opportunity for women, from any sector of agriculture or career stage, to connect in a mentorship partnership.
Through the experience of mentorship, participants will build a relationship that is beneficial to both mentee and mentor. Together, they will set goals for mentee advancement. Mentees will develop skills while leading the mentorship journey. By sharing knowledge, experience and guidance, mentors will guide mentees to learn and acquire relevant skills. Both participants will finish with a wider network and more connections within the agriculture industry.
We are happy to acknowledge the support of Farm Credit Canada
Mentorship Partnerships 2019
Networking Event - Spirit Tree Estate Cidery - Terra Cotta
Mentorship Partnerships 2018
Celebration Event - Terre Bleu, Campbellville
AWN Mentorship Program
Mentorship Program Expectations
Every mentoring relationship is different and there is no single formula for success.
However, the essential elements of any mentorship are – respect, clarity, trust and commitment. The following expectations are provided to help both participants of the mentorship to get more out of the relationship and create the conditions for mutual success. (CAHRC -Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council)
Expectations of Mentees
Dedicate to the 8 month timeline of the AWN Mentorship Program
Take the lead in the mentoring relationship
Connect with your mentor regularly in a manner that is agreeable to both of you – online, in-person
Discuss a schedule for your interactions with your mentor that is agreeable to and manageable for both of you (including number of hours/month)
Share your goals for the mentoring relationship with your mentor
Discuss and complete a road map to achieve your goals with your mentor
Maintain strict confidentiality when it comes to anything your mentor shares with you
Be open to new ideas and expand your comfort zone
Value the mentor’s time, expertise and experience
Strive to develop a rapport with your mentor that gives you the confidence to initiate discussion on a variety of related topics and to seek out clarifications and suggestions from your mentor
Submit a completed road map
Complete an evaluation form to assist with future planning and development of the AWN Mentorship Program
Complete a “give back” project that will benefit the AWN community and/or the agricultural community i.e. a blog post about your mentorship experience, assisting with an AWN online event, working with your mentor at an agricultural event
Contact the AWN Mentorship Program Action Team if you have any concerns or question
Expectations of Mentors
Dedicate to the 8 month timeline of the AWN Mentorship Program
Support your mentee’s efforts to take the lead in the mentoring relationship
Connect with your mentee regularly in a manner that is agreeable to both of you – online, in person
Discuss a schedule for your interactions with your mentee that is agreeable to and manageable for both of you (including number of hours/month)
Assist your mentee to identify and clarify her goals for the mentoring relationship
Provide insight and feedback for your mentee as she completes a road map to achieve her goals
Maintain strict confidentiality when it comes to anything your mentee shares with you
Encourage your mentee to try new approaches and expand her comfort zone
Share resources and be open to introduce your mentee to your networks
Listen openly and respectfully to topics your mentee brings up during conversation
Review the road map that has been completed by your mentee
Complete an evaluation form to assist with future planning & development of the AWN Mentorship Program
Contact the AWN Mentorship Program Action Team if you have any concerns or questions
Celebration Event - The Keg, Guelph
Want to know more about the Ag Women's Network Mentorship Program?
We're glad you asked!
What are the key objectives of the mentorship program?
The program aims to:
Celebrate the diversity of sectors, roles, and experiences of women in agriculture.
Build authentic relationships and support upward mentorship.
Be responsive to our grassroots membership and adaptable for future growth.
Promote the values of camaraderie, inclusion, accessibility, connection, confidentiality and constructive dialogue.
What do mentorships focus on?
AWN mentees work with their mentors to establish key areas of interest that the mentee has. These items are outlined in a road map document template provided by AWN. The intent of the road map is to assist with goal-setting.
Who is eligible to apply to the program?
Applications for mentees are open to AWN members in Ontario who are eighteen years of age or older. Applications for mentors are open to women and men who are involved in the agriculture industry in Ontario and are eighteen years of age or older.
AWN sees potential for the program to grow in the future and we are considering how we can sustain success when offering a program beyond Ontari0.
How do mentees and mentors get matched for their mentorship partnerships?
Mentee selections, by a committee of community leaders, will be based on submitted applications. The AWN Mentorship Team Leads and Leadership Team members are not involved in the selections. Following the selection of 10 mentees, the Mentorship Team Leads begin the process of reviewing mentor applications with the goal of creating the most mutually successful mentor-mentee partnerships. Both mentors and mentees are contacted prior to partnership decisions.
What is the time commitment to be a participant?
The self-led program will allow participants to create a flexible experience. Mentors will commit to activities within a predetermined period of time to help mentees work through their road map. Mentees must have the determination to make the most out of their experience. In order to complete the program, mentees must be open to sharing their mentorship experience through AWN communications.
Is there funding available?
At this time, there is no funding available to aid in the mentorship experience. The AWN provides the opportunity and non-monetary resources to help mentees succeed. The program is self-led. There will be no fee to mentors or mentees to participate in the Special Events.
Please send your inquiries to -
Joan Craig (Chair) and Amanda Peer – AWN Mentorship Program Team Leads
Comments from Past Participants
"This mentorship gave me the opportunity to discuss my career goals with someone outside of my work circle who would understand the challenges and the rewards of my career. Your career is a story book and each chapter develops you both professionally and personally. But it’s about balance and priorities. My mentor appreciated my busy schedule but encouraged me to take time to reflect and relax."
- Phyllis McCallum (mentee)
"The experience gave me more confidence that I can help young women in the industry and I have something of value to offer. As I'm quite young myself in my career I was worried I wouldn't be very helpful but I think I was able to help in a few key ways." - Claire Cowan (mentor)
"If you have the chance to be in the Ag Women’s Network Mentorship program I would highly suggest it. The opportunities from the program opened my eyes to possible careers in the agriculture industry that I didn't know existed." - Madison Cherwoniak (mentee)