“I thought the program was only targeting people interested in working in the skilled trades, but ION places people with all kinds of work experience and interests,” she added.
A member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Sero grew up in Newcastle and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Nipissing University. After working three years in Health and Safety at Black and McDonald, she was contracted by OPG.
It was near the end of her contract when Sero reached out to Gary Paulin, a fellow member of OPG’s Indigenous Circle – an employee group that recognizes members’ contributions within the organization and community.
Paulin also happened to be the program coordinator for ION, and encouraged her to apply. After successfully completing her application, Paulin soon notified Sero about an organization looking for someone with her professional experience and skill-set.
Sero is now working full-time as a project administrator at CanAtom Power Group, supporting OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment – Canada’s largest clean energy project.
“The people I work with are great,” Sero said. “CanAtom has really welcomed me. It’s a great place to work.”
Now settled into her new role, Sero has only positive things to say about ION.
“If you’re looking for a suitable opportunity, try ION. The process was seamless, and they gear placement according to your strengths and interests.
“This is a program that’s looking out for you. You’re more than a number; you’re a person.”