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FOURTH ISSUE

HIRED NEWS LETTER >

Have you heard about the London Community Woodshop?

BUILDING NEW FUTURES Resolutions; new starts; out with the old; cleaning and organizing; taking control once again. The New Year brings such a possibility of new beginnings. Yesterday I welcomed a room full of Administrative & Clerical students here for day 1; we talked about how exciting a new day is when it holds this awesome opportunity for great outcomes to occur. Our January edition of the Hired News celebrates our mission of New. New starts, New beginnings, and Building New Futures. We are so excited to bring you the story of Jolene, who recently completed the ACT program and has just completed her first month at her new employer. Jolene is just one of the many people and stories who are the heartwarming reality behind the numbers and outcomes we report. We hope this issue brings you similar inspiration to make a new start, a fresh beginning, whatever challenge you may be facing. We look forward with great anticipation to being a catalyst and support for positive change in 2017 as we continue to partner with you in service to the London community.

Located at 195 Horton Street East, beside the Pathways Campus, the Woodshop will open in 2017. An accessible space for people in our community to learn woodworking skills - it is a place where people can build, connect, and come together!

NEW YEAR - NEW OPPORTUNITIES...

DETAIL >

2016 A YEAR IN REVIEW...

It was a year full of growth for our clients!

It was a year full of new opportunities for our clients!

$13.01

273

409 Clients

349 Clients

899

$156,545

Average Hourly Wage

Completed the "Getting the Interview" workshop

Employment Action Plans Completed!

Individuals Received Employment

Completed the “Getting the Job and keeping it� workshop

Training dollars provided to employers

- Jerry Colwell, Director Client Services

Hired News | Issue 4 | page 1

Photo Credit (Photos of Jolene's Family): Randi Gamble, R.G. Photography


STAFF PROFILE

WHY I LOVE THIS WORK... 3+

Years working at Pathways

12

PMT Classes Facilitated

129

Graduates

Chris - Property Maintenance Training Facilitator Below Chris talks about what got him started, what keeps him motivated, and much more!

Why do you like working at Pathways? Pathways is unlike any environment where I have been employed. I consider the people I'm surrounded with on a daily basis, not just colleagues but family. We are a family that cares about one another as individuals. I love, not just "like", my job, and I love the people I work with.

Chris assists a student during Fall Arrest training

What led you to work as the Property Maintenance Facilitator? I began my career as a front line service worker at the London Health Sciences Centre, where the majority of my time was spent in the operating suites. From there I transitioned to management and was responsible for all cleaning staff in both Emergency Departments. I attended St. Clair College for Pre-Health Sciences, after which I accepted a position with Hurley Customized Facility Solutions, managing all contracted cleaning staff at Fanshawe College. During my time at Fanshawe I provided co-op opportunities to Pathways clients going through the PMT program. Bob Wendt, Pathways Job Developer, mentioned that there was an opening for the PMT facilitator and I promptly applied. The rest, I suppose you could say, is history! What motivates you? Seeing people succeed using skills that they have acquired through training in the Property Maintenance program.

FAVOURITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE “In life, it's not how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward" Rocky Balboa This quote speaks volumes about what we try to instill in our clients: life is rough and sometimes it knocks you down, but you have to keep moving forward and keep trying to push forward through the hard times for something better.

Is there a story that has stayed with you over the past 3 years? Tim, a former client in the PMT program, began the class as a very shy and introverted young man beaten down by working in negative environments. He needed a change. As Tim's skill set and confidence grew, so did his communication skills and ability to enjoy what he was doing. Tim was highly successful during his co-op and his supervisor beamed about his work ethic, positivity and the impact he was having on the staff. Tim completed his week of co-op with a job offer, which he happily accepted. Tim's transformation highlighted for me the impact that we can have on individuals. Not only assisting them with new skills to find employment, but also to find happiness and fulfillment. Tim is still employed and has become an active member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee. I see him occasionally from the windows at Pathways as he is heading to work. We share a wave, and I smile knowing that he is happy and still gainfully employed. Reminds me why I love what I do as a facilitator.


HIRED NEWS FEATURE

NEW BEGINNINGS STARTING OVER As a single Mom raising a child with special needs , it took Jolene finding the right program , and a job with the right schedule , to start moving in a new direction ... JOLENE Graduate, Administrative & Clerical Training Program CURRENT ROLE Mail Distribution Clerk, London Life Insurance Company

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efore I came to Pathways I found myself struggling to find employment in hairstyling, the trade I studied at college. Being a single mother, with no family to help with my children on a regular basis, made it hard to find employment. The wait lists for before and after school programs take a long time - as I write this one year later my children are still on the wait list. I've spent the last 5 years advocating for both of my sons. My 12 year old was diagnosed with a learning disability and my 9 year old was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. As a single parent it is next to impossible to work and advocate. I was very lucky to have assistance from Ontario Works.

i did it! Pathways was brought to my attention by my Ontario Works case worker, Angie. She understood my situation and wanted to help me excel. It is hard raising children with special needs and trying to be employed. I was happy to learn that the Administrative and Clerical Training (ACT) class was during school hours, but I still had concerns that employment could have different requirements. After my orientation I knew that I would be able to successfully complete this course, and find employment in a different field as long as I was able to make a few changes.

The ACT class was very comprehensive in many Microsoft programs. I enjoyed our Instructor's daily inspirational and motivational videos. She was very personable and pleasant to work with, which made the days go by quickly. We had frequent visits from other Pathways' staff and educational speakers, which gave us more insight into the community and networking. While attending this course I realized that I was able to apply my skills in other fields of employment.

It is hard raising children with special needs alone and trying to be employed.� "


JOLENE'S STORY

FEATURE CONTINUED

Starting My Coop Our course required a 2 week co-op placement. The incredible networking opportunities within Pathways allowed me to apply my skills at the London Life Insurance Company. After completing my co-op I was offered a permanent staff position. Each day this allows me to work while my children are at school . We are able to spend evenings and weekends with each other. My family is very proud of this accomplishment.

"It is hard raising children with special needs and trying to be employed"

Transitioning to Employment Pathways was very helpful answering many questions and concerns I had during the transition from Ontario works to employment. They assisted me with any last minute paper work and appointments, and gave each ACT student a graduation to remember.

Moving Forward... I would highly recommend Pathways. Before coming here I set up long-term goals that, until I had Pathways' assistance, I was not able to achieve. I was hopeful and didn't think anything less of myself for taking a detour that still met my needs in employment, as well as single parenting and raising my children.

What does your new role mean for your children?

Photo Credit: R.G. Photography

My children are very proud of me and always looking forward to our weekend plans and relaxing after a long day at school and work.

My Takeaway

It’s okay to try something new. Remember to ask for help when you need it, and never give up hope.

My Favourite Quote:

Live Simply


PATHWAYS UPCOMING SKILLS COURSES

SKILLS TRAINING AT PATHWAYS 4 PROGRAMS

SKILLS COURSES SPRING 2017 NEW DATES!

Light Industrial Training: 8 weeks

LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING MARCH 20, 2017

Participants learn the essential skills and gain the certifications needed to succeed in the warehouse and manufacturing industry.

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TRAINING MARCH 27, 2017

Administrative and Clerical Training: Graduates receive the certifications essential to attaining employment and working safely in the warehouse and : 1 week

ADMINISTRATIVE & CLERICAL TRAINING APRIL 3, 2017 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING APRIL 17 , 2017

SKILLS TO WORK: CONNECT. TRAIN. GET HIRED. LOCAL POVERTY REDUCTION FUND ‐ 2 YEAR GRANT

“The Skills to Work program will enable newcomer youth who are not in education, employment or training, and who would otherwise not qualify, to get practical workplace skills and the opportunity to connect to jobs.” Paul Hubert, Executive Director

Skills to Work operates in partnership with many organizations in our community:

We are thrilled to announce that Pathways has been awarded a $476,800 grant from the Local Poverty Reduction Fund! This grant will allow us to fund the Skills to Work program over the next 2 years. For more information contact Corrina: corrina@pathways.on.ca or 519-667-7795

African Canadian Federation of London & Area (ACFOLA) Canadian Latin American Association – CALA City of London Cross Cultural Learner Centre Fanshawe College London InterCommunity Health Centre LUSO Community Services Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration – mrcssi Northwest London Resource Centre Western University South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre – SLNR

Hired News: Issue Four (January 2017)  

As a single mom raising a child with special needs, it took Jolene finding the right program, and a job with the right schedule, to start mo...

Hired News: Issue Four (January 2017)  

As a single mom raising a child with special needs, it took Jolene finding the right program, and a job with the right schedule, to start mo...