DREN Closing Down October 21st
- Monday, September 19th 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
David C. Onley Award Winning Organization Closing Office
Oshawa, ON, September 19, 2016 – After 23 years serving the community in Durham Region the award winning Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is shutting its doors.
"DREN has now operated for over five months without project funding that was expected to flow April 1st, 2016. DREN was advised by the local Employment Ontario office July 19th that the expected funding would not be moving forward. We were given an opportunity to resubmit but that project concept was also rejected at the end of August. DREN has now exhausted operational resources and will be closing the office October 21st,” stated Donna McAllister, executive director of DREN. “In the 2016 budget Ontario committed to a whole-of-government approach for a Provincial Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. DREN wholeheartedly applauded this strategy since our community has always approached accessible employment as a collective responsibility. We hope developing this strategy that government will in the near future recognize the importance of investing in cooperative expertise and will invest in long-term planning and innovative community approaches.”
DREN has been in existence since 1993 and is a first-point of inquiry for many job seekers with multiple barriers to employment in Durham. DREN’s office is co-located in the Canadian Mental Health Association Durham building which serves as a community mental health and primary care centre. DREN is a recognized leader in bringing together people and resources to support persons with barriers to employment in Durham Region. A strong network, DREN is a model often emulated in other regions. On June 1st DREN’s many accomplishments were recognized provincially by the Governor General of Ontario with the awarding of the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.
Durham Region Employment Network
DREN receives David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility
- Thursday, June 2nd 2016
The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is one of eleven recipients in the province to receive the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. The awards, presented June 1, 2016 at Queen’s Park, recognize those who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues.
Her Honour, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards alongside the Honourable David C. Onley and Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, on behalf of Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. The Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, has long been a champion for disability and accessibility issues.
DREN was nominated by CMHA Durham and received the Champion Award which recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to raise awareness of accessibility, while improving the lives of people with disabilities in their communities.
Since 1993, DREN has been committed to making workplaces and hiring processes accessible to people of all abilities. DREN does this through collaboration and partnership. DREN is a network of 35 employment and community organizations that share leads, research best practices, and boost business awareness. DREN’s awards programs and conferences inspire local businesses to expand their talent pool and increase inclusion. DREN’s website brings thousands of job seekers together to find opportunities and services tailored to their skills and needs, making employment more accessible and achievable across the region.
DREN was one of four Durham Region recipients of the award which also included Mark Wafer, the Abilities Centre and the Durham Regional Police Services. “DREN’s recent focus has been to create a community of practice for inclusion in employment”, said Donna McAllister, Executive Director of DREN. “With the high representation of our region at these awards it is clear that Durham is prime to lead the way to a community where employment is accessible to all!”
Youth Job Link - Now Available in Durham Region
- Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Youth Job Link is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market.
If you need help finding employment, including full-time, summer and part-time employment, the Youth Job Link program is is available year-round.
Youth Job Link provides three categories of non-intensive employment services:
- Career exploration services to increase knowledge of career options and support career decision-making;
- Career management services to improve readiness for the labour market; and,
- Job search, readiness and matching assistance to connect youth with employers offering employment opportunities, including summer jobs.
All Employment Ontario Service providers are delivering this new program as of April 1, 2016. The Employment Ontario Service providers in Durham Region can be found here
Youth Job Connection - Durham Service Providers
- Monday, November 30th 2015
The Youth Job Connection is a government of Ontario program designed to help young people between the ages of 15-29 who face multiple or serious barriers to employment. It provides access to employability and employment skills development, along with education/training and workplace experiences. The goal is to achieve long-term employment, meaningful careers, and success in their future working lives.
Durham Service Providers Delivering Youth Job Connection
The employment service providers who will be delivering the Youth Job Connection in Durham Region are:
VPI Inc (905) 683-3529 in Ajax and Oshawa (905) 571-3301
YMCA Durham Employment Services in Pickering (905) 427-7670 and Whitby (905) 668-0044
John Howard Society in Whitby (905) 579-8482
Centre d'emploi francophone de Durham (905) 436-6989 in Oshawa
Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (905) 579-1821 in Oshawa
Durham College Community Employment Services (905) 697-4472 in Bowmanville