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Developmental Disability Family Caregiver Working Group

Call of Expressions of interest to be part of a Developmental Disability Family Caregiver Working Group that is being headed up by the Ontario Caregivers Association.


For more details, click here.

If you are interested in putting your name forward, please forward to [email protected] 

Leah Bowman at 4:47 PM
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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:

Leah Bowman at 2:14 PM
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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. 

Leah Bowman at 2:17 PM
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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.


Leah Bowman at 11:17 AM
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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. 

Leah Bowman at 10:13 AM
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