Kids spend day with parents at York


Above: Crystal Harrison feeds paper through a new two-colour printer with her father, Paul Harrison, production supervisor of Printing Services. The 14-year-old from Oshawa also spent time with a York-Seneca design student who prepares electronic files in the print shop and with assistant production supervisor Sharon Benson, who showed her how to strip film and prepare plates for the presses. The work is not entirely foreign. Crystal has made business cards, address books, and shot and developed film in her tech class at Eastdale Collegiate, says her proud father.

Yesterday among our rank and file, you may have noticed a younger than usual contingent working on campus. In fact, they were 50 Grade 9 students shadowing their parents – and more – as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day.

After arriving with their parents in the morning, they gathered for an orientation session in Atkinson Liaison Centre about university study and York programs, then got a full tour of the campus. By noon, they were ready for the free pizza at Michelangelo’s, the Atkinson College cafeteria, where they networked and joined their parents for lunch before returning to work.


Shown above: Twins Carly (left) and Lindsy Berman study their mother’s schedule in her office in the East Office Building. Vinnie Berman, manager of recruitment services of non-academic staff for Human Resources Services and Organizational Development, arranged to split up the girls when it came to shadowing. Carly spent time helping in the York University Temporary Agency and Lindsy shadowed her mother and Kim Glaze, Human Resources planning officer. Enrolled in French immersion at Langstaff Secondary School in Richmond Hill, the two are science students to the core “like their father”.

The day was coordinated by the Office of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration, the Department of Human Resources and Employee Relations, and the Admissions/Liaison Office. Take Our Kids to Work Day is an annual event that this year involved 75,000 workplaces across Canada hosting more than 400,000 Grade 9 students.