WLAO Mentoring Program Questionnaire for Mentors

Complete form below to sign up for our program.

Contact Information

Full Name

Address:

Phone Number*
Alternate Phone Number
Email*

Mentoring Questions

Employer and Position*
Area(s) of Practice*
Law School*
Degree(s) Obtained*
Year of Call*
What volunteer activities are you, or have you been, involved with?
Are you a member of any other professional organization(s)?*
Please list the professional organizations you are a member of.*
Have you held a leadership position within any organization?*
What was the position within that organization?*
Have you previously acted as a mentor?*
When and in what context? Please let us know if you received formal training and include a brief description.*
What did you like best and find most beneficial from that relationship?*
What issues, if any, did you experience in that relationship?*
What time commitment are you comfortable offering to a protégée?*
Why do you feel you would make a good mentor? What qualities and attributes do you have as an individual and professional to offer to our members?*
e.g. prior work experience, past mentoring roles, etc
Why do you want to be a WLAO Mentor? What are your expectations of the WLAO Mentoring Program?*

Select an area of practice that you would like your protégée to be in:

List any of your interests or other information that you think would help us make a good match for you.
If you have any questions, please use the space provided below:
Are you interested in being a guest speaker or panelist at one of our events?*

Helpful Hints for Mentors

What sorts of things should I encourage a protegée to do?

It will always help to start from the basics:

  • Get them to reflect on their existing skills and experience with appropriateness and validity being the key
  • Once they have constructed their skills/experience, you will be more able to advise and suggest a course of action for them
  • Help them to think about their objectives for the future
  • Encourage them to rationalize their goals, personal value system and motivational drivers
  • Finally, advise your protégée to develop an action plan and present this to you

How much time should I be spending on my protégée(s)?
Unless you are happy to do so, we would not expect you to commit to more than 1-2 hours per month. This will comfortably cover a number of questions by 1 or 2 protégées via email or even the occasional personal meeting or phone call if you are happy with this.

How many protégées should I be helping?
You should probably aim to have not more than 2 or 3 protégées at any one time.

If I am receiving multiple contacts, what can I do?
We would prefer you to spend time on a small number of protégées rather than try to feel obliged to help everyone! When you have reached your personal comfort zone, contact us and we will ‘hide’ your details from potential protégées until you are ready to receive more.

How can I monitor whether my help is useful or not?
In the first instance you should ask the question directly of your protégée. We will also be ensuring that an annual monitoring system is established to ensure that help or advice is being correctly directed.

Term of the mentoring relationship
We recommend a term of at least 9 months to a year. It takes a few months to establish the mentoring relationship, which is of optimal benefit once the mutual trust factor is achieved and both parties become comfortable with one another. If you would like a shorter term of 6 to 9 months, please indicate this on your questionnaire so we can be sure to accommodate.

What if I feel I could also use a mentor?
Then you are welcome to become a protégée too! The program is there for you to benefit as well as helping others.

Who do I contact for help?
Ronda Bessner
Mentoring Committee Chair,
Women’s Law Association of Ontario
Email: bessner@rogers.com

Mail

Women’s Law Association of Ontario
1 Toronto Street, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M5C 2V6

Phone

416-410-7267

toll free: 1-888-723-8883

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