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Empowered for Employment

At SOURCES, we are committed to Social Wellness for our Community. Our Empowered for Employment programs support individuals facing barriers to employment to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

Our team works collaboratively to adapt to the needs of each participant, as we realize the diversity of the community in which we live. We believe that each individual has the capacity to thrive in the workforce and we strive to empower community members to achieve employment and independence and participate in their broader communities, realizing healthier and happier lives.

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Program Information

Admin and Accounting Works is an 11-week program for adults 55 years of age and over who aspire to return to the workforce with newfound knowledge and confidence to work in Office Administration. This program offers vocational training in basic office and accounting principles, accounting software, and essential computer applications while integrating personal management skills, workplace competence, career strategies, job search assistance, and practicum placement in preparation to obtain employment.

Benefits:

  • Training and certification includes Word, Excel and Intro to Bookkeeping and Quickbooks provided by Vancouver Community College
  • Career Strategies; change & transition, career planning process, successful mindset, occupational research and decision making
  • Job Search Strategies; resume, online job search, interview skills and more
  • Employability/Soft Skills; self awareness, communication, conflict resolution, stress management & self esteem
  • Work Practicum in office administration environment
  • Job Search and Placement Assistance
  • Loaner laptop
  • Up to $850 program completion and employment bonuses!

Eligibility: 

  • 55 years of age or older
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Resident of B.C.
  • Unemployed or Underemployed
  • Seeking skills training and employment

Upcoming Program Start Dates: 

  • August 29, 2022
  • October 31, 2022

*Programs currently being delivered virtually in a safe and supportive environment. 

Peering into Employment is a coordinated housing and employment program designed to address the needs of those who have been most affected by the pandemic, specifically, individuals who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. Participants receive access to required personal supports, develop workplace skills, engage with peers and access meaningful work opportunities using their lived  experience to connect with and support the needs of their communities. 

Benefits:

  • Individualized support with housing including first month’s rent
  • Mental health and addiction support
  • Short term certificate training such as computer skills, customer service, first aid, forklift operation and more 
  • Paid work experience placement 
  • Job search and placement assistance 
  • Loaner laptop, housing, transportation, food, work clothing and childcare financial supports 
  • Up to $300 program completion and employment bonuses! 

Eligibility: 

  • At risk of, or experiencing homelessness
  • Unemployed
  • BC Resident. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Upcoming Program Start Date:

  • Continuous intake

Skills for Today’s Workplace is an 11-week program designed for individuals who have been impacted by violence and/or abuse as an adult or child to gain skills training and obtain employment. This program provides an opportunity to explore career interests and talents and integrates personal management, empowerment and workplace skills development to prepare individuals to enter the workforce with marketable skills and increased confidence.  

Benefits:

  • Group and individualized one to one employment planning and support
  • Employability/Soft Skills; Self Awareness, Communication, Stress Management, Decision Making, Fear, Setting Boundaries, Self Esteem and more
  • Career Exploration; self assessment, skills identification, occupational exploration, career decision making, goal setting and more
  • Short-Term certificate training such as Essential Computer Skills, FOODSAFE, SuperHost, Customer Service, First Aid, Serving It Right, Forklift Operation, Traffic Control etc
  • Job Search Strategies; resumes, online job search, interview skills and more
  • Personal Counselling
  • Work experience placement
  • Job Search and Placement Assistance
  • Loaner laptop, and childcare financial supports
  • Up to $850 in program completion and employment bonuses!

Eligibility: 

  • Individuals impacted by Violence and/or Abuse; experienced trauma as a result of violence or abuse at any point in life
  • Resident of BC. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Unemployed or Underemployed (working under 20 hrs per week) 

Upcoming Program Start Dates:  

  • August 8, 2022
  • October 10, 2022
  • December 12, 2022

*Programs currently being delivered virtually in a safe and supportive environment. 

Skills Work offers individualized  assessment, planning and employment skills training to support individuals with disabilities to increase their accessibility to employment opportunities. This program provides an opportunity to explore careers,  personal strengths and abilities, build up employability skills and develop  a plan to  prepare for and achieve a successful transition to employment.     

Benefits: 

  • Individualized employment planning and one to one coaching including self assessment and career exploration
  • Essential computer skills training
  • Short term certificate training such as SuperHost, Customer Service, First Aid, Serving It Right, Forklift, Computer Skills and more
  • Job Search Strategies; resumes, online job search, interview skills and more 
  • Employability/Soft skills including communication, self care, working with others, managing stress, overcoming fear, goal setting and self esteem & confidence 
  • Paid work experience placement
  • Job search and placement assistance 
  • Loaner laptop, childcare financial supports, and work clothing and work tools upon job start 
  • Up to $700 program completion and employment bonuses!

Eligibility: 

  • Self identify as a person with a disability
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Resident of BC
  • Unemployed /Underemployed (under 20 hours/week)

Upcoming Program Start Dates:

  • Continuous intake 

*Programs currently being delivered virtually in a safe and supportive environment. 

Angela

Program Manager

Angela has been with SOURCES for 9 years. She immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong and has been a resident of BC for over 30 years. Angela enjoys every aspect of her job overseeing our Empowered for Employment programs. She has over 30 years experience in employment services and her experience includes work as a Job Coach, Facilitator, Employment Counsellor, Case Manager and Employment Centre Manager. Angela takes pride in the work our EFE team does to support community members gain increased confidence and develop employability skills to achieve their goals, hence contributing to the labour market and economic growth of our communities. In her spare time, Angela enjoys hiking, travelling, cooking, hosting dinner parties, and spending time with her family.

Binder

Case Manager

Binder was born and raised in interior BC and has been living in the lower mainland for several years. She recently joined our Peering into Employment program and her previous experience includes over 15 years in community case management, primarily in mental health and substance use services. Before this, Binder worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. Binder is excited about her new role with SOURCES and is passionate about assisting others to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. She maintains focus on supporting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and gear them toward success. Away from work, Binder enjoys the outdoors, travelling, trying new foods, and watching reality TV shows!

Celina

Facilitator

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Celina spent her summers living in San Francisco and a short time as a resident of Portland, Oregon. She has been with SOURCES since 2020 and before transitioning to Empowered for Employment, Celina worked with SOURCES Advocacy, Housing & Prevention Services as a Benefits Advocate where she assisted residents to access income support programs. Celina has over 10 years experience working in employment services including facilitating job search, life skills and employability skills workshops. She enjoys supporting each person’s unique skills set and helping clients to build their confidence to achieve their goals. Celina values work that fosters growth and making a difference within the community. Outside of work, she has organized and performed in a wide range of community arts projects and stage productions that support a narrative for societal, personal and ecological transformation and she enjoys nature walks, crafts and photography.

Cheryl

Program Coordinator

Cheryl grew up in the Canadian Rockies, in Golden, BC. She has been with SOURCES for 20 years and has worked in non-profit and employment services for over 30 years in various capacities including employment counselling, supported employment, vocational consulting and training, marketing, job placement, facilitation, case management, and program management. She is inspired by our clients’ journeys and successes and enjoys facilitating and observing new learning and change that results in our program participants to realize healthier and happier lives. Cheryl loves music and enjoys indie and foreign films, camping, travel, watching cooking, travel and global vacation rentals shows, and planning the next weekend getaway adventure!

Janice

Employer Liaison

Janice recently joined our team and brings with her over 25 years in employment services positioned in various capacities including national essential skills coordinator, program manager, employer liaison, facilitator and job developer working with a variety of populations throughout the lower mainland, exposing her to the many facets of the career development industry.  Janice grew up in the Surrey area and is amazed as she continues to observe the community grow from the expansive farmlands to the vibrant city it is today.  Her joy and inspiration are found in observing clients find their passion when securing long-term meaningful employment. Janice loves hiking, yoga, dancing, reading, camping, travelling and being in nature.

Jagjit

Office Administrator

Jagjit has been working with SOURCES since 2013 in various roles including Employment Resource Advisor, Services Navigator, Administrative Assistant, and Program Assistant. Previous to her work in employment services, Jagjit worked several years as an Executive Assistant for an investment company while living in Hong Kong. Jagjit enjoys being part of the team and working and learning amongst diverse populations. One thing she finds most fulfilling about her job is when clients succeed in reaching their personal goals, but also learning about their journey to get there. Outside of work, you will find Jagjit walking her dog Jax and watching foreign movies.

 Kam

Employer Liaison

Kam was born and raised in the BC Interior and has been with SOURCES for 5 years. He works with clients assisting with their short and long-term employment goals. He works closely with local business and helps our clients to network with prospective employers to obtain employment. In addition to 10 years experience as a Job Developer/Employer Liaison, Kam has worked as a Facilitator, Case Manager and Talent Acquisition Specialist.  Kam says, “It’s not about finding ‘just another job’ for our clients, but for those finding work or returning back to work, it can be life changing.” Being a part of an individual’s return to work process brings him the most satisfaction. When away from work, Kam enjoys spending his Sundays watching the NFL! He also enjoys watching movies, binge watching bad reality TV and going to the gym.

Kimberlea

Program Assistant

Kimberlea was born in Manitoba and grew up in the lower mainland. She joined SOURCES early this year and says that “It is an honour to share space that is positive, supportive and productive with people in our community facing adversity and to see the result of their strength and resilience resulting from compassion and opportunity.” Before joining SOURCES, Kimberlea worked for a law firm and an independent seniors’ retirement community as the Director of Recreation. Kimberlea enjoys and appreciates good humour and outside of work her interests include traveling / adventure, fastball, hiking, camping, watersports, floral design, poetry, dining out, cooking a variety of different foods, and enjoying time with family and friends.
PJ
Employer Liaison
PJ is born and raised in the Lower Mainland but has spent most of her years in Powell River, and a few years in Victoria. PJ has over 12 years experience as a Case Manager, Job Developer and Workshop Facilitator and she brings her expertise working with people with diverse abilities. Her previous experience includes working with seniors as a Care Aide and Activity Aide. What she enjoys most about her work is seeing how obtaining employment and a new sense of purpose can change a person’s life and there is no better feeling than helping someone succeed and gain meaningful employment. Outside of work, PJ enjoys travelling, walking/hiking, playing guitar and any activity that brings her close to the water.


Preet

Case Manager

Preet is originally from Vancouver Island, raised in Nanaimo and has resided in the lower mainland for a few years now. Before joining SOURCES, Preet worked as a Behavior Interventionist and Shelter Resource Worker and most recently as a Prevention Outreach Worker. Preet assists community members to gain stability, and increased confidence through affordable housing, community attachment and meaningful work experience. “A person is not judged by their failures but how they decide to pick themselves back up and move forward.” Outside of work, Preet enjoys being outdoors – by the water, in nature, and reading, baking and sharing her delicious treats with friends, family and community, and watching UFC and bad reality TV shows.

Ryan

Communications Assistant

Ryan has been with SOURCES since 2020 and assists with promoting the online presence of Empowered for Employment programs. What he enjoys the most about his work is the ability to communicate to different audiences in a creative way! He feels a sense of accomplishment knowing that SOURCES has programs which support the community in many ways. Before joining SOURCES, Ryan worked in marketing in various industries including non-profit to real estate development. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys staying active by going to the gym, experiencing fun adventures and trying new types of food.

Stacey

Facilitator

Stacey was born and raised in Ottawa, ON and has been working with SOURCES for 6 years. Before joining Sources, Stacey worked for over 20 years in non-profit organizations in the career development field in BC and ON. She is passionate about helping people with career exploration and job search and her goal is to provide tools and strategies for all program participants in a safe and fun environment so they can successfully move forward to that next job or new career that will be both meaningful and enjoyable! Outside of work, Stacey appreciates nature, music, and photography.

Contact Information

Telephone: 604-262-4858

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