Community services

Lead by example: become a mentor

Do you have board experience? Are you looking to give back to the community?

If this sounds like you, consider applying to be a mentor for the Audrey Fagan Board Internship Program 2022.

The Audrey Fagan Board Internship Program is a unique learning opportunity that connects women who want to gain board experience with a board and a mentor.

We sat down with a former mentor, Megan Watts, and asked about her experiences with the program.

What prompted you to become a mentor?

I’m always keen to find ways to give back to the community, and this was one I had never tried before.

What was the highlight of the program?

An opportunity to reflect on my involvement in committees/leaders and the skills I have developed over the 40 years of being involved in community service in this way. The questions my mentee asked sparked a great discussion.

How have you benefited from being a mentor?

The formal allowance of time to discuss and explore issues with my mentee was an absolute gift. While I use reflection almost daily in my paid job, I hadn’t taken the time to do so in my volunteer work. As a result, I am much more mindful of my role as chair of a charity management committee and actively seek ways to further develop my reflective practice in this role. I believe that using reflection has improved my management practice.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to join the program as a mentor and mentee?

I highly recommend getting involved in the program. I hope to be able to participate again!

You can learn more about the program and apply on the Board Traineeship page.

Page updated: May 20, 2022