Kaleidoscope Initiative asked past mentees and mentors from the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to share their experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program. Participants also provided a selfie photograph of themselves so you can see the many different faces of KMP mentees and mentors.
We asked Rob Delane, Inspector-General of Biosecurity, Australian Goverment, about his mentoring experience and this was his response:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
It is a joy to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of a newcomer to my beautiful and wealthy nation, so they can contribute to the development of Australia as 5 generations of my family have done. It helps me to further develop my mentoring skills so that I may more effectively and efficiently assist more newcomers.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
I have learnt about Zoom, the online meeting software, which has functionality that will be very valuable under normal living conditions.
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the program?
I remain very proud of my public service career and my leadership/management roles.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
It has helped me network with some mentors from other economic sectors. Mostly, I have learnt that many mentees have generic needs not specific to a professional sector. I am confident that I can contribute to success of mentees from a wide range of professions.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
Kaleidoscope positively changes the lives of participants, transforming the lives of many newcomer mentees, so they can better and faster contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities.
To read more about Rob, visit his LinkedIn profile.
Kaleidoscope is inviting applications for mentees and mentors in May 2020 for the next mentoring cycle running from July to October 2020. Find out more about the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and how you too can join as a Mentee or a Mentor.
The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative aims to harness the economic benefits of its diverse population by helping newcomers to Australia secure employment in their field of expertise and support employers to benefit from this diverse workforce. The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been funded by the Government of Western Australia, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Office of Multicultural Interests. This project has been developed in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).