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Canadian Arab Women Association IS HIRING!

The Canadian Arab Women Association (CAWA) is a non-profit organization established with the purpose of connecting, supporting and empowering Canadian Arab women in the Waterloo Region and Guelph in Ontario, Canada. We represent a group of women who self-identify as Arabs and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their religious beliefs, socio-economic status, and educational levels.


​CAWA is dedicated to becoming a bridge that connects Arab women and supports them with different resources and programs, so that they can be active members of the Waterloo Region community and in the larger Canadian society. For that, CAWA provides various programs in the fields of health, education, and social support.


Check out the job postings for CAWA below:

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Lutherwood-YESS program

Through funding from the Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS), we have been able to recently launch a new program called "Getting Ahead in the Workplace" that is geared at supporting youth. Youth continues to be defined as individuals aged 15-29 years of age. 

This is on top of the Youth Job Connection programs that we have running. Our Cambridge office will be specifically starting another group, which is still accepting referrals, as of May 10th. 

Our next Youth Job Connection Summer program for high school students will be starting at the end of June / beginning of July after high school courses finish for the year. 

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Job Skills Builder Program at KWHab

The Summer Job Skills Builder Program at KW Habilitation for youth up to the age of 30 is starting soon.  We have refocused our Summer Youth Employment program to be based more on skill development.  Should someone obtain employment, we will of course still provide job coaching support. 


Summer Job Skills Builder (click here for info poster): Will begin end of July/first week of July for the summer.  Application deadline has been extended to May 21 (click here for application).

This is a funded program (no cost to you).


The schedule for meetings and training will be determined between the applicant and their Job Coach, so can be flexible.  There will also be some preset training dates that applicants can decide to attend based on their availability.  The program itself does not have “set hours” or set number of hours, but instead looks at the skills the person wants to build upon, what areas of work they want to explore and then create a plan based on that.  Learning will be done both one on one as well as in group settings.  Virtual and live options are being planned, and again, this is individualized based on the person’s goals and availability.   With the focus being more on skills building, we have the flexibility to do more online if that is what works for the person.


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Lutherwood blogposts-Employment, Mental Health & Housing

Employment Blog: Ditch the Acronyms!
Cutting corners to shorten up potential keywords has reasons that it can be appealing, but it may be part of the reason that you're not being considered for the jobs that you apply to! Read this article to gain some insights into how Applicant Tracking Systems are being used in job searching!

Mental Health: Dealing with Math Anxiety
Everyone feels differently about different subjects - but sometimes it's not always a positive feeling. This article will share an experience from one of our staff in helping a youth with their math work, which will be something that others might relate to. But you'll leave this with some takeaways to make it a bit easier.

Housing: Apartment Searching on a Budget
Our Housing team will be posting new blog content about once a month, so you'll see these updates less frequently for now. However we wanted to start in sharing a recent article with some tips on how to search for an apartment on a budget. 

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Technical committees on employment and emergency egrees

Starting today, we are recruiting volunteer* experts for two new technical committees. These committees will create employment and emergency egress accessibility standards.



Experts with disabilities are key to the successful development of accessibility standards.  Each technical committee will consist of 12 to 18 members. All experts are required to represent one of the following categories:

► Industry and commerce

► Government authorities

► Consumer and public interest

► Labour and unions

► University and research groups

► Non-governmental organizations

► Standards development organizations

How to apply

Our goal is to make the process accessible and easy for all candidates.

Deadline to apply: December 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Here are the ways to apply:


A) Apply online

Follow these steps:

1.   Click on the technical committee you are interested in above.

2.   Click on the Apply button.

3.   Fill out the online form. You will need to attach your resume (maximum two pages).

4.   Submit the form.

5.   You will see a message confirming submission.


B) Apply in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)
Choose one of the following 2 ways :

1.   Follow the steps right above to apply online. Then attach a video in ASL or LSQ that describes your expertise in the "Resume" field. You will see a message confirming submission.

2.   Simply send us an ASL or LSQ language video describing your expertise by email.

C) Other ways to apply

To apply by mail, by phone or through other means, please contact us:



[email protected]



1 833 854 7628


By mail

Accessibility Standards Canada

125 Sussex Drive

Terrace level

Suite 010, Confederation Hall

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2


If you have any issues or questions, or if you need help applying, please contact us (contact information right above).


Thank you for considering sharing the news in your network!


*We are following Canadian and international best practices to develop our standards. These are volunteer roles, but if an expert with a disability is not paid by an organization, we will pay them for their role on a technical committee.

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Lutherwood Youth Job Connection

Lutherwood Employment Services is still offering support during the pandemic. While working remotely, they've continued to try to reach out to job seekers as best as possible in our community. Check out these posters and opportunities, if you or someone you know is currently looking for employment.

Youth Job Connection Workshops

Job Searching during Covid19

Job Posting Facebook groups

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Lutherwood Youth Job Connection

Are you a youth looking for employment help? Check out what Lutherwood has to offer.

-Youth Job Connection Summer

-Youth Job Connection March Break



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Fundraising & Communications Officer Waterloo Region Family Network Full Time; 35 hours/week

Since 2009, WRFN has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.


We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, passionate and respectful person for the position of

Fundraising & Communications Officer
to work as part of the WRFN team to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals, revenue targets and communications strategy objectives.


  •  A passion to support families and individuals living with special needs through respectful storytelling, fundraising & community engagement
  •  Post-secondary education in either fundraising management or communications
  •  3 – 5 years’ experience in a non-profit environment
  •  Strong understanding of fundraising principles and practices
  •  Ability to grow relations & manage a range of relationships with prospects & donors
  •  Exceptional written & verbal communication skills with attention to detail & accuracy
  •  Ability to articulate a strong organizational case for support & call to action in fundraising materials prepared for foundations, corporations & individual donors
  •  Experience developing & writing for communications materials – brochures, gratitude reports, newsletters, websites, social media, stewardship materials, donor appeals, etc.
  •  Exceptional organizational skills with ability to effectively meet deadlines & set priorities
  •  Demonstrated ability to work independently & collaboratively as part of a team
  •  Creative & adaptive to change

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  •  Working closely with the WRFN team to support organizational objectives related to fundraising & communications
  •  Communications for different audiences
  •  Expanding on existing positive organizational reputation
  •  Content development for gratitude reports, donor stewardship communications, monthly newsletters, weekly social media presence & annual fundraising appeals
  •  Website updates & management


  •  Implementation of a development plan which focuses on building authentic & strong relationships with individuals, foundations & corporate donors
  •  Researching & evaluating prospective donors to develop personalized approaches in order to build long-lasting donor relationships
  •  Working closely with the Executive Director to prepare donor stewardship materials
  •  Tracking of the development plan results
  •  Development & execution of the annual appeal
  •  Donation processing, receipting & tracking
  •  Assisting with the annual Signature Fundraising Event

$48,000 - $55,000 (depending on experience)

To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:
Sue Simpson
Executive Director
Waterloo Region Family Network
65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener ON N2C 2H6
Or by email to: [email protected]

Application Deadline: Wednesday December 18, 2019

Waterloo Region Family Network welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for your interest in this position and regret that we are able to contact only those invited for an interview.

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In Her Shoes - Employment Training Program

In Her Shoes (Youth) is an employment program for female identifying, transgender and non-binary youth who are experiencing significant barriers to securing employment. In this program, participants receive technical training and work experience in the YW Kitchener-Waterloo bricks & clicks social enterprise store- In Her Shoes, where they sell new and used accessories and shoes. Participants will earning minimum wage, equivalent to 30 hours/week.

Participants will receive technical skills training in digital literacy, computers, operating systems and software, customer service and support, online business and e-commerce, retail work, point of sale systems and cash handling, marketing and photography. They will also receive support to develop life skills and employment skills, build their resume, and to secure employment upon graduation from the program in a related job area that interests them.


  • Female identified, transgender, or non-binary youth between the ages of 15-30;
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Participants cannot be in receipt of EI benefits;
  • In accordance with funding requirements, priority in hiring will be given to youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment.

Program Details:

  • Program Time: Monday to Friday- 2 pm- 8 pm
  • Program Duration: Each session runs for 18 weeks at a time
  • Program Location: 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener, On
  • Bus Pass, work uniform, and dinner are included.

Session Dates:
Session 1: Starts August 6th, 2019
Session 2: Starts December, 2019 (Date TBD)
Session 3: Starts May, 2020 ( Date TBD)


Registration Information:
Eight participants will be selected to participate during each intake period. To apply for the program please complete the following two steps. If you need assistance, please contact us.

  • Step 1: Complete our online registration form at https://forms.gle/uZDh2fKpKd9mbQof9
  • Step 2: Once your registration form has been received participants will be contacted to schedule a follow up meeting to talk further about their application and receive a tour of the In Her Shoes retail store and work space.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gordon Director of Youth Services & Entrepreneurship
Phone: 519-576-8856 x 215
Email: [email protected]

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Career Compass Summer Jobs 2019

KW Career Compass can help you find meaningful employment!


Job Coaches are available to assist youth and adults with developmental disabilities match interests, skills and career goals to find the perfect fit.


Get help with:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing

  • Interview Preparation

  • Skills Assessments

  • Job Coaching

  • Goal Setting & Job Searching

  • Employment Readiness Classes

Fee for service options are available.


To apply, you MUST:

1. Complete and send in the full application and current resume by May 10, 2019 to KW Habilitation:

 Mail or in person: 99 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3S8

 Fax: 519-884-8609

 Email: [email protected]

Please make each application to the Attention of Wil Candlish.

2. Have an intellectual disability (confirmed through a psychological assessment, IEP or DSO)

3. Be able to find own way to and from work and/or classes and appointments. (We can provide bus route training as needed!)

4. Commit to:

- Attending and joining all skill building opportunities.

- Working the scheduled hours/time as set by the employer.

- Only being absent from work/training if you are ill or have an emergency situation to deal with.

5. Have a Social Insurance Number – or be willing to apply for one to have it by June 15, 2018.


If you have any questions about Career Compass Summer Jobs 2019, or need help filling out the application please contact Wil Candlish, Manager at 519-744-6307 ext. 1213 OR by email [email protected].

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