Shifters

SHIFTer [ˈSHif-tər] noun

  1. an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay.
  2. a young person who believes in their own potential and wants to connect with others to get things done.

SHIFTer of the Month

Jessica Coley

Jocelyn Bel

Hi everyone, my name is Jocelyn Bel, and I am honoured to be your SHIFTer of the Month! I am currently in my eighth year of study at Lakehead… no, I’m not a slow learner... I just started my PhD in the fall of 2018 where I am conducting research at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the field of fetal programming.

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, I always knew I wanted to go to Lakehead just like my Dad. My first degree from LU was an HBSc in Applied Bio-Molecular Science. While being an undergraduate student, I was involved with Superior Science, the summer camp on campus, where I eventually became Director of the program. With experience running the summer camp and learning all about small business, I changed gears a bit and completed my MBA. The MBA was an amazing experience where I met some of my best friends who came from across the world to study here. This range of cultures all mixed in one classroom was an amazing year that I will never forget. After my MBA, I went back to science with a new mindset and completed my Master of Science in Biology where I studied E. coli isolated from Boulevard Lake and areas around Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. I am excited to continue my research journey as a PhD student where I get to be a part of a research team at NOSM and collaborate with others to conduct studies that can hopefully positively impact people’s health long term. All of this schooling would not be possible without the support of my parents, younger brother Nick, five Shih Tzu, and the many friends I have made along the way.

For the past four years, I have been the Coordinator of Superior Science’s Girls Club program where 27 young girls (in grades 3 through 8) come on campus once a month to participate in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities that I design myself. The meetings are not lectures where the girls feel like they are in school, but instead, they are a question-driven inquiry session where the interests of the girls shine through to help build their knowledge of scientific principles. The girls leave each meeting excited and inspired to learn more in the fun, female-driven environment. This type of programming is so important, as many young girls don’t realize that STEM is everywhere, not just in a textbook and that they can be really good at it. Not only does this program and all of Superior Science’s activities promote youth to pursue their dreams, but it also gives them the opportunity to come to Lakehead’s campus and interact with a variety of labs/equipment and spaces that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. By allowing the young people of today to see the possibilities that are right at home, we can propel Thunder Bay forward for tomorrow.

I became a part of SHIFT to be able to meet more young people in Thunder Bay who love the city and are professionals working towards making it better in the future. I love going to SHIFT events and hearing about the great work all of the SHIFTers partake in every day.

Thanks for selecting me to be your SHIFTer of the month and I look forward to seeing/meeting current and future SHIFTers at the upcoming events!

Joe Quaresima

Joe Quaresima

Marla Henderson

Marla Henderson

Anu Baldner

Anu Baldner

Syed Kabir

Syed Kabir

Peter Marchl

Peter Marchl

Jessica Coley

Jessica Coley

SHIFTer Information

Shift is an incredibly diverse group of young people representing many professions and backgrounds. From business owners, entrepreneurs and trades people; to students, health specialists, and government employees, the uniqueness and connectedness of our members sets us apart. We offer three different types of membership to ensure that everyone can receive the benefits of becoming a SHIFTer. Not sure which membership you fall under? Send us an email under the CONTACT tab at the top of the page! Join SHIFT today.

SHIFTer - SHIFT Annual Membership

Are you an engaged, dynamic and ambitious 19 to 40 year old living, working or doing business in Thunder Bay? Do you want to connect with others to get things done? SHIFT aims to retain and attract young professionals in Thunder Bay and support those #YPs to realize their goals while making an impact in the community. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Annual Membership to connect with like minded individuals in our community. 

Benefits of becoming a SHIFTer include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFTer you receive 20% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • Have the opportunity to become the SHIFTer of the Month that gets recognized on our website and our social media
  • Have the opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event
  • Have the opportunity to vote for SHIFT's board of directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Have the opportunity to partake in discussions and surveys that represent young professionals
 
SHIFT Ambassador

Are you over the age of 40 but still want to support young professionals in our community? Do you still want to be able to network with those #YPs that could potentially be your employees? We want your wisdom and for you to continue to stay involved and engaged with SHIFT. Sound like you? Register for a SHIFT Ambassador membership to continue to network and support young professionals within our community.

Benefits of becoming a SHIFT Ambassador include:

  • Attend awesome events at a discounted rate (as a SHIFT Ambassador you receive 10% off all ticket prices and receive exclusive event details in advance)
  • Be featured in our online SHIFTer Directory
  • Attend SHIFTer ONLY events
  • Access our SHIFTer exclusive Job Board / Volunteer Bank
  • Meet new people, make connections and build partnerships in the community
  • Help drive Thunder Bay forward
  • The opportunity to join any committee that is lead by a SHIFT board director
  • Receive a special invitation to our year end thank you event

Please note: SHIFT Ambassadors will be ineligible to vote during SHIFT's board of director elections as well as they will not be able to partake in surveys and discussions where the young professional demographic is being represented. 

SHIFT Corporate Partner - Corporate Membership

Register up to 5 members of your young talent through our new Corporate Membership for cost savings and the opportunity to connect your organization with our coveted list of members. Each member must be registered with an employee name and those individuals will be able to access the full range of individual membership benefits. Want to register more than 5? Access the corporate discount of $50 per additional member when registering today. E-mail info(at)shiftnetwork.ca to arrange for more than 5 employees under your corporate account.

EXCLUSIVE Corporate Membership Benefit: Opportunity to send out one e-mail to SHIFT members at a cost of $100.

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