A Mentor Moment with Stacy Petriuk
“I have really enjoyed getting to know the people I have mentored. I have learned a lot from them, including how to be a better mentor.”
Q: Why did you get involved with Mentor Connect?
A: “There are many lawyers new to practising law in Alberta that do not have an opportunity for a mentoring relationship at their firm or place of work. I benefitted from good mentoring and I want to pay that forward.”
Q: Why did you get involved with Mentor Express?
A: “I was already involved in Mentor Connect and wanted to provide mentoring in this format as well.”
Q: Tell us a bit about your current mentoring relationship(s):
A: “In addition to Mentor Express appointments, I had the privilege of mentoring three lawyers new to practising law in Alberta.”
Q: How long have you been involved in mentorship?
A: “I have been a volunteer mentor with Mentor Connect and Mentor Express since 2020. Before that and currently, I participate in my firm’s mentoring program and I have been a principal to students-at-law.”
Q: What do you enjoy the most about your role as a mentor?
A: “I have really enjoyed getting to know the people I have mentored. I have learned a lot from them, including how to be a better mentor. It is a good way to give back to the profession.”
Q: What do you hope your mentees take away from working with you?
A: “I hope we can have good, thoughtful discussions about issues that are important to them and answer any questions they may have. This is their mentoring relationship – not mine.”
Q: What have you learned from working with your mentees?
A: “Each mentorship is a little different, and every person has a different set of priorities in terms of things they would like to discuss or questions they have. It is important not to have pre-conceived notions that could limit the mentoring relationship.”
Q: If another lawyer is thinking about becoming a mentor, what should they know beforehand?
A: “There are many lawyers new to practising law in Alberta that do not have an opportunity for a quality mentorship. Those of us who benefitted from good mentorship (or wish they did) should pay it forward.”
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