Natalie Suprun with Mayor Kristal Chopp

The current staff of Norfolk County welcomed the next generation Nov. 6.

The County welcomed eleven Grade 9 students as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day, the most recognized career event in Canada.

“It’s important that they have the opportunity to explore different career options so they know what is out there,” said Carissa Kapitor, Staff Development Coordinator, who organized the event. “Clearly, there’s no expectation at 14 they know what they’re going to do when they’re older, but it’s more about providing career planning resources and different job ideas so they start thinking about it.”

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Pipe with Aidan Grantham (left) and Austin Pettman.

In the past, students simply shadowed their parents in various departments during the day, but this year’s event was much more extensive.

The group got an opportunity to interact with CAO Chris McQueen, Mayor Kristal Chopp, Deputy Mayor Amy Martin, and members of staff. Topics included a breakdown of Norfolk’s organizational structure, responsibilities of council, employee programs, health and safety, and summer employment among others.

Aidan Grantham with Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Before shadowing their parents for the afternoon, students toured County facilities including Fire and EMS Services, the Robinson Administration Building and Gilbertson Administration Building (home to Health and Social Services).

Adam Tracey while touring the Fire Services Department.