In the early 20th century, Etta St John Wileman was champion and crusader of career, work and workplace development in Canada. She believed that work was about the individual and in the importance of work to the human soul. Wileman was a strong advocate for a national system of employment offices. She lobbied for the role of parents and schools in the career development guidance of children. Her vision was clear and uncompromising “Work is a social obligation which has to be provided in order that both individual and society may reap the benefit of constant productivity.”
This award for lifetime achievement in career development is designed to recognize and celebrate individuals who have devoted their lives to enhancing the field of career development.