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THIRD ISSUE

HIRED NEWS LETTER >

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From our family to yours! Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season - and a wonderful New Year!

MOVING TOWARD THE NEW YEAR

BUILD WORKS >

Starting over really takes courage. It takes courage to believe that tomorrow is a new day. To risk the comfort of what we know and step out into something new requires great strength.

CELEBRATION! On December 9th we celebrated all of the work that Build Works has done over the past year, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed grant that helped to make it possible.

I often marvel at those who come to workshops or participate in our skills training programs. It is a new world. They are doing and learning new things that they have never attempted before. Learning and growing stretch us. And just like physical exercise there can be healthy pain. We all reach a point where we must crash through our quitting point. That is the moment when we literally break free of the bonds that have held us back. We realize in that moment that our yesterdays do not define our tomorrows. Each day we celebrate those who apply for new jobs, and walk into an interview or face the first day in a new job. There is, at times, a palpable fear of the unknown but their courage inspires us. - Paul Hubert, Executive Director

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Thank you to Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Dwayne Kechego for celebrating with us!

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NEW YEAR - NEW OPPORTUNITIES...

91 %

Clients reaching 6 month mark in November are still on the job!

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Practice Time Operating a Forklift

Cover Photo Credit: 3M

Light Industrial Training

Spots are still available for the January PMT & LIT classes!

89

% Property Maintenance Training 2015-2016 Graduates hired after training


Karate Kids bring joy to Pathways!

Family Karate Centres held a Christmas party for all of our Skills Training students, including Karate demonstration, lots of laughter, and each client received a gift from the kids!


HIRED NEWS FEATURE

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES Last December Samuel didn ' t have a job - today he works for 3M . " This Christmas all of our kids will get gifts , and I am also certain that everyone will smile now "

SAMUEL Workshop Attendee & Employment Placement Participant CURRENT ROLE Quality Returns Coordinator, 3M

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n December 2015 I completed my studies at Algoma University, then quickly moved back to live with my family here in London. I was struggling, sending my resumes everywhere in Canada looking for jobs. There was no feedback, no interview or even phone calls. During school my family’s main source of income was an OSAP loan. Then we moved onto Ontario Works. With a high level of personal and school debts, it was very painful that the government assistance was not enough to cover our cost of living.

I was referred to Pathways by my Ontario Works Case Worker. But I also found out about Pathways on the internet when I was always constantly searching for jobs and employment agencies in the London area. I will never forget the level of encouragement and caring that I received from the Pathways professionals. I took my training courses and sessions seriously – without missing any days going to the training centre. It was incredibly amazing to have such a professional agency.

During my training sessions, I developed a sense of confidence. More and more I knew that I was in the right place at the right time, and I was also very thankful that Ontario Works had such a connection with Pathways Skill Development. I was getting enormous coaching from all counsellors, but Bob and Sandi (Job Developers) were outstanding.

During my training sessions, I developed a sense of confidence. More and more I knew that I was at the right place at the right time.” "


SAMUEL'S STORY

FEATURE CONTINUED

Today Samuel Works at 3M My job at 3M is huge and means a lot to my family. It is hard to explain to kids when parents aren’t working, or when a parent keeps saying “no” when a child asks for his/ her favourite toy or place to go. It goes to show how easily families can be transformed and happier when there are jobs in the area.

"It is hard to explain to kids when parents aren't working..."

We are so blessed that I have found a job close by. It keeps our family close and secure every day. Daddy is having dinner with everyone everyday – what a joy for the children and Viola!

What is Different this Christmas? All of our kids will get gifts, and I am also certain that everyone will smile now. They have already gotten one thing they had asked me for – a Summer Vacation with their Grandma and cousins in Atlanta Georgia. Lots of places were visited and lots of pictures were sent back to me in Canada.

To my Wife Viola... My wife Viola is a rock and the solid backbone gluing my family together. I could have never done things the way I envision for my family without her taking care of our three adorable children: Chiengkuach, Yom and Aleer. I owe her a big thank you and our success in life.

Christmas 2016! This year Samuel and Viola will be able to give their children several of the gifts they asked for! "This Christmas all of our kids will get gifts... "

My Takeaway There is always going to be a brighter future if you keep going.  After I got my job, I always think of how young families struggle when there is scarcity of jobs in the area. Student debt is another challenging factor .

– Remember there must be another young family like yours going through an enormous amount of difficulties and stress looking for a job. My humble wish is that employment opportunities in the local area improve so that young people and young families can follow their dreams.


PATHWAYS UPCOMING SKILLS COURSES

SKILLS COURSES WINTER 2017

SKILLS TRAINING AT PATHWAYS 4 PROGRAMS

NEW DATES! ADMINISTRATIVE & CLERICAL TRAINING JANUARY 3, 2017

Light Industrial Training: 8 weeks

LIGHT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING JANUARY 16, 2017 [4 SPOTS LEFT!]

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

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE TRAINING JANUARY 23, 2017 [5 SPOTS LEFT!]

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

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING JANUARY 30, 2017

NOTES FROM CLIENTS - FALL 2016 WORKSHOP FEEDBACK After each workshop clients have the opportunity to leave comments - Here are a few from Fall 2016

"I greatly appreciate how you are helping me ACHIEVE what I actually want to achieve in life. " "Thank you for giving me the opportunity and time to better myself"

"THE WORKSHOP HELPED TO REMOTIVATE ME. AND GOT ME IN A ROUTINE"

"FRIENDLY STAFF" "Fully packed with useful information that would get me my desired job"

"One thing that surprised me was learning about the amount of support available through Pathways and the city of London as a whole"

THANK YOU

"ENJOYABLE AND INFORMATIVE"

"This is the best place for everyone"

"Very good and definitely recommend it for anyone"

"Made everything fall into place"

"I ENJOYED IT. NO HASSLE, FRIENDLY, SHORT YET VERY USEFUL AND INFORMATIONAL" "Thanks for your help. I really enjoyed being here"

"IT IS A VERY WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE - I ALWAYS FEEL WELCOME HERE"

"I AM COMING BACK"

"I feel more comfortable going into interviews now"

"Looking forward to next week"

"Had a great experience and also learned alot that I didn't know""

"INFORMATIVE & REASSURING"

Hired News: Issue Three (December 2016)  

"This Christmas all of our kids will get gifts", Karate Kids bring the joy of the Holiday Season to Pathways, and much more in our December...