Community Living Essex County celebrates employment project

 

By RTT Staff

Community Living Essex County (CLEC) celebrated the end of one employment program but it was a program that launched others within the agency.

For the past two years Community Living Essex County, in partnership with several community partners including the Greater Essex County District School Board, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, Workforce Windsor Essex, Community Living Windsor and others formed the First Choice Employment Committee to promote awareness and employment of people with intellectual disabilities. The success of the project was celebrated last Friday afternoon, but although that project has ended, it has served as a “launching pad” for the highly successful Job Start and Career Compass programs.

Back Row: Lynne Shepley- CLEC-Manager, Chad Sutherland-CLEC Board member, Steve Kwasnycia , Self Advocate,  Cindy Kwasnycia-Self Advocate, Derek Roy-Project Coordinator-CLEC, Rosa Amicarelli- Director-CLEC, Lorne Rocheleau (Special Education Coordinator –WEECDSB), Lisa Vincent-Support Worker, Tammy Westwood-Support Worker, Tony DeSantis- CLEC-Manager Community Relations. Front row: Karen Bolger-CLEC-Director of Community Living Operations, Beth Renaud-Self Advocate, Colette Warnock-Support Worker, Nancy Wallace-Gero-CLEC- Executive Director, Michelle Karr- Manager-Workforce Windsor/Essex.

Back Row: Lynne Shepley- CLEC-Manager, Chad Sutherland-CLEC Board member, Steve Kwasnycia , Self Advocate, Cindy Kwasnycia-Self Advocate, Derek Roy-Project Coordinator-CLEC, Rosa Amicarelli- Director-CLEC, Lorne Rocheleau (Special Education Coordinator –WEECDSB), Lisa Vincent-Support Worker, Tammy Westwood-Support Worker, Tony DeSantis- CLEC-Manager Community Relations. Front row: Karen Bolger-CLEC-Director of Community Living Operations, Beth Renaud-Self Advocate, Colette Warnock-Support Worker, Nancy Wallace-Gero-CLEC- Executive Director, Michelle Karr- Manager-Workforce Windsor/Essex.

Nancy Wallace-Gero, executive director of Community Living Essex County, called it “an important moment in time” as the programs that First Choice Employment has launched have given people CLEC supports a chance to enter the workforce.

“First Choice Employment has resulted in tremendous success for a lot of people,” said Wallace-Gero. “We are extremely proud of the success that has been achieved over the last couple of years.”

Wallace-Gero said they are grateful to the province for “believing in Community Living Essex County” and to all of their partners. She paid tribute to the staff and the employment team as well.

Derek Roy, manager of Community Living supports overseeing Career Compass, said First Choice Employment led to a number of positive outcomes and that without all the players at the table, they wouldn’t have been able to get as far as they have.

“First Choice Employment was a way to guide us,” said Roy. “We found the direction we needed to go.”

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First Choice Employment had subcommittees that dealt with employers, marketing and organizational aspects with Roy also paying tribute to the employment team that actively works with families and employers.

Other members of the Career Compass team include director of Community Living supports overseeing Career Compass Rosa Amicarelli and employment services workers Michelle Jones-Rousseau, Tammy Westwood and Lisa Vincent.

For more on Career Compass, visit www.communitylivingessex.org, call 519-776-6483 or visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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