Important DREN Announcement
- Monday, September 25th 2017
It is with sadness that the Board of Directors of the Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) are announcing that Executive Director Donna McAllister is leaving the organization at the end of this week. Donna has been with DREN for the past six years and has been an advocate for DREN and the reason the organization exists. She has put her heart and determination into DREN’s many activities including our networking meetings, job developers meetings, special events, training, research, and most recently the Community Roadmap for Youth project. Her devotion and expertise have been invaluable to the organization and community. Donna is ready for the next chapter in her career. The Board would like to express our gratitude to Donna for her leadership and tireless efforts. Please feel free to reach out to Donna over the coming week with your best wishes.
It is also important to acknowledge our recent announcement that DREN will be winding down operations due to lack of core funding. Diana Fletcher will remain in a Program Manager role until the end of 2017 and perhaps longer. The Board will maintain some operations until the end of the fiscal year. This will include exploring whether DREN can continue as a volunteer network. Please stay tuned for updates as they are available.
DREN Networking in Action
- Monday, September 18th 2017
DREN is a valuable first-point of inquiry to job seekers, employers, employment services and the Durham community.
Here is a quick snapshot of DREN's information and referrals from April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017 Source: DREN AGM September 15, 2017
Job Leads: 16,150 - Sources: employer job postings, job developer meetings, network postings, website postings
Employment Service Referrals: 2,513 - Sources: call-ins, walk-ins, emails, social media inquiries, website
Employer Leads: 426 - Sources: call-ins, walk-ins, emails, social media inquiries, job developer meetings
Upgrading/Literacy Referrals: 306 - Sources: call-ins, walk-ins, emails, website
Accessibility and Community Resource Referrals: 300 - Sources: call-ins, walk-ins, emails, website
We Listened. We Heard. We Delivered
- Friday, September 22nd 2017
DREN led the development of a Community Roadmap for youth with barriers to employment with great community partners and over 100 volunteer participants
- Lisa Yassein Chairperson DREN, Donna McAllister Executive Director DREN, Jennifer French MPP of Oshawa, Chris Chris Bovie Ontario Shores and Mayor of Oshawa John Henry
Check out our Community Roadmap for Youth with Barriers project page http://www.dren.org/news/community-roadmap-to-employment
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.