Adriano Magnifico has taught senior high school English for most of his career. In 1995 he created the Career Internship Program, an interdisciplinary career program that meshed career development with traditional courses. CIP won numerous awards for its innovative approach to classroom pedagogy, student engagement and career development for high schools. He has since morphed into a career development specialist in the Louis Riel School Division providing leadership for high schools in building career development programming. He constantly looks for ways for students to connect to the professional community, develop the skills/experiences necessary for effective post-high school transitions and to tell their stories in the most powerful ways possible.
He is chair of the LRSD Career Development Committee, member of the divisional Leadership Team, chair of the local Career and Post-Secondary Symposium and creator of the Tigers’ Den Entrepreneurship Conference. He sits on the Executives of the provincial Rotary Career Symposium, the Canadian Cyber Defence Conference, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters (CME) Leadership Teams. He actively volunteers with Junior Achievement, Special Olympics Manitoba and has coached hockey and baseball in his community for the past 30 years. He is the Co-President of the Manitoba Association of Teachers of English and has helped to develop summer literacy programs for marginalized elementary students. Adriano publishes the occasional article on career development, writes for the local community newspaper and has won awards for some of his short stories. He believes that all people’s stories are full of gifts and talents –commitment, learning space and mentorship make them true.