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CAMESHIA'S STORY "FINDING END

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A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORT An entire team of people support every person who walks through our doors! See the journey below:

It takes a village. We have all heard this about raising children, but almost any worthwhile and challenging endeavor requires the combined and collaborative efforts of a team. At Pathways we endeavor to be the village that provides a team of supporters and services to assist individuals to overcome obstacles to meaningful employment. In the picture above you see strands of yarn being wound around the hands each member of our recent Light Industrial Training Course, in a demonstration of interconnectedness and relationships as a physical reminder to the group of the complex dependencies that exist in reaching any goal. One of our values is Cooperation and that value is put into practice with every client who comes through our doors as we each put our skills to use. We are pleased to bring you Cameshia’s story this month, which is indeed a story of a goal reached through collaboration, connection and partnership. From her caseworker at Ontario Works to our Employment Counsellors, Training Facilitators and Employment Specialists,  and the Employer who welcomed her,  Cameshia was provided with the supports and encouragement that gave her the village she needed to reach her goals. Thanks again for your support, encouragement, and partnership, and especially for being a part of our “village”. Together we will continue to Build New Futures. - Jerry Colwell,  Director of Client Services Hired News | Issue 6 |  page 1

EMPLOYMENT COUNSELLOR

REFERRAL SOURCE The person who connects the client to the service provider by  getting  to know them and understand their goals, barriers 17%and interests

Welcomes client to Pathways. Gets to know them and develops an Employment Action Plan. Is 17%a support throughout their time at Pathways!

EMPLOYER : CO-OP & FULL TIME POSITIONS 17%

WORKSHOP 1,2,3 FACILITATORS 17%

Welcomes skills clients for a 1-2 week co-op. Provides additional on the job training, experience & encouragement. Often  provides fulltime employment!

17% EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT SPECIALISTS

17% SKILLS COURSE FACILITATORS

Connects the client to a co-op position. Helps them to secure employment following skills course or workshops. Stays in contact to help resolve on the job challenges  up to 6 months (and often for years to come).  

Spends between 8-12 weeks in-class,  5 days per week. Teaching hands-on skills, and building confidence. Helps client to overcome barriers daily. 

Walks the client through the 3 workshops, teaching them: how to prepare for employment, secure an interview and get the job. Answers questions and provides support, helping the individual to build their job  search skills and confidence.    

Cover Photo: Sandi Firman , Employment Placement Specialist, visits Cameshia at her new job!


The Month in Pictures!

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON!  Photos:  Top Row (Left to Right): ACT class "steals" Jerry's (Director of Client Services) mug and sends him a "hostage photo"; LIT connections activity during the last week in-class; Chris (PMT Facilitator) teaches a student how to mud drywall.  Centre Row (Left to Right); The LIT class wall of shame - all three students  broke glasses while "setting the table"; A #motivationalmonday post created during the graphic design section of the ACT class; Working at Heights.  Bottom Row (left to right): Denise of the LIT Class sets the table with the ACT class looking on;  CTT works on their class  project; Congratulations graduates!


HIRED NEWS FEATURE

FINDING LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL Cameshia found a group of people who supported her - and step by step helped her through a long tunnel of challenges. Today she sees herself in an entirely new light! 

CAMESHIA Graduate, Administrative and Clerical Training Program CURRENT ROLE Full-time Office Administrator 

l l i Iw Life before I met my OW Caseworker Christine, was a daily struggle. We had a hard time making ends meet and carried a lot of stress and negativity toward life.  We were living in a revolving cycle of not knowing what was coming our way and how we would handle what we were dealing with.   My husband lost his job of 10 years and I was a stay at home mom to help cut the cost for daycare. With 3 children we just couldn’t afford it.  My husband also has epilepsy. With only one income, three children, so many bills and not enough healthcare coverage, it was hard to get ahead and not feel overwhelmed. 

When we moved to London and applied for OW I met an amazing person by the name of Christine who told me about Pathways. At first I was a bit skeptical. Hearing the word workshop I didn’t know what to expect. I was a bit nervous about the whole thing. But I was determined to try anything; I needed to feel better about myself and help my family. I learned so much in the ACT program. I had been out of work for many years so the refresher and the ability to expand the skills I already had was amazing.

Today I have a college certificate that I worked very hard to get. I no longer feel as angry and frustrated, and I can see a difference in how I feel about myself and my contribution to my family. It is an amazing feeling to be hired by an employer for a position that I never even thought I could get before.

"I can see a difference in how I feel about myself and my contribution to my family.”


CAMESHIA'S STORY

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My Support Network Many people supported me through this journey and I couldn’t have done it without them.

"... this job allows me to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel."

The first person is Christine, my OW worker. She was very welcoming, easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable. Then Kimberly, the ACT Facilitator,  showed me that no matter who you are in life everyone has struggles . She showed us inspirational videos that made me look at life in a different way. My Mother  always told me that you are only given what you can handle, and to remember that others are in a worse situation. My Husband, Adam, always encourages me to see the brighter side of things.  And last but not least Sandi, my Employment Placement Specialist. She tells it to you straight, with an attitude that makes you want to try harder and fight more. She was always encouraging and positive, no matter what the situation.  To all the people I met in the workshops and ACT class – I carry your kind works with me and  hope to have your friendship for a life time. And to my Co-op Supervisor,  Iva, and Employer, Abell Pest Control - I am grateful for your support and belief in me!

My job means the world to me and my family. I don’t have to stress and wonder where money is coming from. I don’t have to try to stretch one income and then have nothing at the end of the month. This job allows me to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

My Takeaway: The biggest lesson that I learned was to never give up and to stay positive. That if I wanted something good to happen I had to break down all the barriers that were in my way. Sandi told me every day “to hang in there, something good will happen. Don’t be discouraged.” My advice is to keep fighting for what you want. And if what you want is a better life - you have to learn to be patient and put in the work.


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Hired News: Issue Six (March 2017)  

It takes a village! Cameshia found a group of people who supported her - and step by step helped her through a long tunnel of challenges. To...

Hired News: Issue Six (March 2017)  

It takes a village! Cameshia found a group of people who supported her - and step by step helped her through a long tunnel of challenges. To...