Jehad Aliweiwi – Mentoring

Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO), shares his experience and perspective on mentorship within the Settlement Sector. As an individual that has mentored and worked with a variety of agencies, he explains that mentoring is an important professional development tool. Common topic areas where agencies often request mentoring include: strategic leadership, developing effective funder relationships, and acquiring a thorough understanding of governance issues. These serve as the integral components of competencies for agencies to provide mentorship opportunities, which are best conceived as processes of learning where individuals can learn about their strengths and opportunities for growth. Not only are mentoring relationships processes of learning and professional development, Jehad explains that mentoring is also “critical [for developing] the next generation of leaders in the sector.”