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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

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.


Eligibility:

  • 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: Jennifer.gordon@ywkw.ca

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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: info@kwcareercompass.org

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 info@kwcareercompass.org.

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WRFN Employment Opportunity - Fund Development Assistant

Fund Development Assistant – Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN)

Part time – 20 hrs/week

 

Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) was founded for families, by families of children with exceptionalities. Through a strong network of parents and an innovative community partnership model, we are the trusted voice of families with special needs, offering lifelong support for families, children, youth and adults as they navigate the world of special needs. We continually strive for an accepting and understanding community in which we help to Educate, Connect and Empower families and individuals. Our overarching purpose is to serve the family to support the child.  

 

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

Fund Development Assistant

to work in partnership with the WRFN Team

to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals and revenue targets.

 

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in non-profit management, fundraising management or other related field
  • Minimum five years experience in non-profit, agency or government environment
  • Experience developing & writing funding proposals
  • Strong understanding of fundraising principles & practices
  • Exceptional written & verbal communication skills with attention to detail & accuracy
  • Exceptional organizational skills with ability to effectively meet deadlines & set priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently & collaboratively as part of a team
  • Creativity, flexibility & adaptability to change

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the WRFN Team to support organizational objectives related to fund development
  • Managing grant application processes
  • Tracking grant agreements and evaluations
  • Assisting with development of grant reports
  • Working closely with Executive Director to prepare donor stewardship materials

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to:

 

Sue Simpson

Executive Director

Waterloo Region Family Network

65 Hanson Ave.,

Kitchener ON N2C 2H6

 

Or by email to:

sue.simpson@wrfn.info

 

Application Deadline: Friday, November 23, 2018

 

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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Job Opportunity - National Coordinator, Peer Support

The Canadian Mental Health Association is seeking qualified applicants for the role of National Coordinator, Peer Support to join the National team for a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon ongoing funding.

 

Reporting to the National Associate Director, Peer Support, you will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the Certification process for Peer Supporters, Family Peer Supporters, and Peer Support Mentors, along with providing operational support to the Associate Director, Peer Support.

 

This position will be based out of the head office in Toronto.

 

To learn more about this opportunity please see the job posting.

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Job Opportunity - Volunteer Services Assistant

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre is currently recruiting a Volunteer Services Assistant.

 

As a member of the Volunteer Services team you will be responsible for providing a wide range of administrative and volunteer supports to the organization. KDCHC currently has over 240 volunteers working in over 30 program areas. You will work with a skilled group of staff including the Coordinator of Volunteer Services, the Executive Director, Client Services Assistants, Diabetes Educators, Primary Care, Community Development and Health Promotion professionals.

 

Application Deadline: July 18, 2018.

 

A full job description can be found here.

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The Family Centre is hiring!

Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region currently has a permanent full-time position of Family Centre Manager for their vibrant Family Centre at 65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener ON.

 

General Manager of the Family Centre is responsible for fostering a welcoming space and culture that is inclusive and provides a sense of belonging for families and children, reducing the marginalization and isolation often experienced by families. This position will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Family Centre, leading in-house projects, and sustaining an intentional community of interest, where service partners, community groups and organizations, collaborate around a common interest in building the strengths, resilience, and wellbeing of children and families in our community. The position will also be responsible for developing a business model for the Family Centre utilizing a social enterprise vision.

 

The Family Centre Manager plays a big part in coordination of the Resilience Project, assisting the Program Manger with overall program management, maintaining and monitoring project schedule and budget, supervising the project admin staff and acting as main point of communication on project related initiatives, meetings and activities. 

 

Click here to see the full job posting for Family Centre Manager.  

 

The deadline for this posting is July 12th at 4pm.

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We're Hiring!

 

Waterloo Region Family Network

Part-time Contract Position

20 hours per week

Duration: 2 months

 

Do you enjoy researching opportunities and compiling information? Do you have experience researching funding opportunities? Do you have knowledge of granting cycles and options available?

 

If so, then we are looking for you to fill a part-time, short-term contract position with Waterloo Region Family Network.

 

The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) was founded by families, for families, with children with exceptionalities. Through a strong network of parents and an innovative community partnership model, we are the trusted voice of special needs families, offering lifelong support for families and individuals as they navigate the world of special needs. We continually strive to advocate for an accepting and understanding community in which we help to Educate, Connect and Empower families and individuals. 

 

Start date: early July 2018

 

The successful candidate will be responsible for researching and compiling details of various funding opportunities including granting options available over the next two fiscal years.

 

Please send your cover letter and resume to Sue Simpson, Executive Director, at sue.simpson@wrfn.info or by mail to Waterloo Region Family Network, 65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener, ON N2C 2H6 by Wednesday, June 27.

 

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

 

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

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