Durham’s Unemployed Get A Helping Hand

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

People looking for work in Durham got some encouraging news Friday.  The funding for Durham Regional Employment Network has been restored and as Joe Scarpelli explains a grant was given to another employment centre in the region.

Phoebe Boreland-Grayson Emigrated from Jamaica to Canada two years ago.  When she got there, a top priority was finding a job.  So, she turned to Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.

“I did not know how to do a proper resume, I wasn’t aware of some of the practices in the Canadian culture within the workplace.”

The centre has helped thousands of residents get back on their feet over the years.

And on this day the program got a grant of nearly two hundred thousand dollars.

Lorne Coe, “It’s not so much a hand out, but a hand up in helping them to enhance their skills and match those with job expectations that employers in our communities have.”

With three year funding from both the provincial and federal governments, the help centre can provide free services for those looking for a job or to employers looking to hire.

“Thank you taxpayers, your money is being well spent by this organization.”

Maralyn Tassone is the centre’s Executive Director.  She says the work they do with new Canadians is not well known.

“In fact, 25% of our staff are dedicated to working with new comers.  I think so many Canadians are aware that in order for us to meet the need of our emerging labour market, we need to grow our population.”

Boreland-Grayson can vouch for that because she is now employed here.

“Without these centres, immigrants will be lost.”

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