DWA executive director Heather McMillan completes fellowship

Heather McMillan Fellowship

DWA executive director Heather McMillan proudly displays her fellowship certificate with colleague Philip Johnson.

After a year of hard work at the Metcalfe Foundation’s Toronto Sector Skills Academy, the DWA’s executive director Heather McMillan can now add another title to her designation — Fellow.

McMillan completed the 10-month fellowship recently. The leadership program was a first of its kind in Canada.

Her thesis was on employer engagement. She worked with a committee of other Metcalf Fellows to map service provision for employers, educators from both secondary and post secondary, Employment Ontario Service Providers, Ontario Works and other community-based service providers to provide information and insight into planning a career ladder for those furthest from the labour market.

“It was an incredible amount of work but an incredible amount of fun,” McMillan said. “The 25 other fellows are leaders in their area of specialization and the connections and opportunities to collaborate will continue long after the 10-month program.”

As a result of the fellowship, McMillan will join the french workforce planning board headed by another Metcalf fellow.