BIZ VOICE: Partnership expands work opportunities

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Steve Stokley, manager of JOBWORX with Community Living Chatham-Kent, said the organization has linked up with Windsor Regional Employment Network.

In an effort to expose their clients to increased employment opportunities, Community Living Chatham-Kent’s (CLC-K) JOBWORX program joined the Windsor Regional Employment Network recently.

Officials said the pairing ushers in new opportunities and services for job seekers in the Chatham-Kent community.

For more than three decades, the program has been instrumental in providing people who have diverse abilities support in securing and maintaining employment.

The new collaboration enables JOBWORX to extend to a broader audience, now offering all Employment Ontario related programs.

JOBWORX officials are enthusiastic about the expanded commitment to serve both people who have diverse abilities, and those without barriers to employment, fostering inclusivity in the workforce.

While the Windsor Regional Employment Network encompasses the region of Windsor–Chatham-Kent–Sarnia, JOBWORX is firmly rooted in its dedication to Chatham-Kent. The program’s focus area and coverage will continue to prioritize the local community, ensuring personalized and accessible employment services, officials said.

JOBWORX’s array of services includes employment readiness, job discovery, job securement, and sustained employment.

The program also provides assistance in searching for career paths, enhancing resumes, interview preparation, and exploring educational and skills training options.

“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter as part of the Windsor Regional Employment Network,” Steve Stokley, manager of JOBWORX with CLC-K said in a media release. “This partnership enables us to offer a more comprehensive range of services to our community, reflecting our commitment to supporting people who have diverse abilities, and promoting inclusivity in the workforce.”

People interested in accessing the JOBWORX program are encouraged to reach out by calling 519-351-0460. JOBWORX is located at 101 Stewart St. in Chatham.

BIA chairs named

The Historic Downtown Chatham BIA recently unveiled its 2024 executive team.

Andrew Thiel and Jim Carrington will serve as co-chairs, while Paul Shettell takes the treasurer role and Clair Culliford is secretary.

Pour news

Pour Decisions Wine Company is closing its doors this month in downtown Chatham.

The company is honouring gift cards up until Feb. 17, and will close its doors for good the next day.

Owner Lisa Fraser said in a social media post that she is pivoting “into new adventures in Chatham-Kent and Windsor.

“Although this is very difficult for me, I want you to know that this business has been an exciting challenge,” she said in the post.

MRI support

Abraham Orthodontics has pumped up the MRI drive for Erie Shores Healthcare.

The company donated in excess of $15,000 to the hospital’s foundation to help get an MRI unit in the Leamington hospital.

The funds were raised during Abraham’s Night of A Thousand Parties, where local businesses and professionals donated raffle and bingo prizes and pledged amounts that were doubled by Abraham Orthodontics.

“We are so grateful for the support for this important endeavor to bring accessible diagnostic treatment close to home,” Christen Abraham, community outreach co-ordinator and co-founder of Abraham Orthodontics said in a media release.

  • Business Voice is a bi-monthly column in The Chatham Voice that highlights some of the achievements made and efforts underway in Chatham-Kent’s business community. Send your information to bruce@chathamvoice.com.

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