Front Row: Sarah Goguen and Michelle Huigenbos, Employment Services Elgin|
Back Row: Cathy Grondin, Executive Director, Employment Services Elgin;
Emily Finch, Librarian Port Stanley; Sharon O'Leary, Ontario Trillium Foundation;
Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP; David Marr, Elgin County Warden
Sept. 4, 2014: It was smiles all around at the Port Stanley Library this morning as the Elgin County
Library and Employment Services Elgin celebrated their newly awarded $14,000 Ontario
Trillium Foundation grant that will be used for increasing access to employment
and career services to youth in Elgin County.
Elgin County Library will purchase laptops and software to be located in all 10
Elgin County Library Branches, located in the following Elgin County communities:
Aylmer, Bayham, Belmont, Dutton, Port Burwell, Port Stanley, Rodney, Shedden, Springfield,
and West Lorne. Each laptop will be equipped with wireless internet access for job
searching, resume writing and training software. Employment Services Elgin will
provide an employment councillor on a regular basis to visit all J0 library branches
and provide individual and/or group support for help in job searching strategies,
career cruising, resume writing and job interview preparation. Youth will also be
able to print off their resume at the libraries free of charge.
"Ontario Trillium Grants are awarded by volunteers from the community," Sharon O'Leary,
Ontario Trillium Foundation said. "This helps to ensure the grants are going directly
to where they are needed most."
"I am very pleased that the County of Elgin in partnership with Employment Services
Elgin will be receiving $14,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This will
allow youth access to the technology, services and skills needed to find employment
in our community. Currently youth unemployment is about 14 % for county residents,
which is almost double the rate for the general population at 7.7 %. I am confident
that this partnership and project will address this concern. I want to thank the
County of Elgin, Employment Services Elgin and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for
their dedication and support of this project," Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London
"Our goal is to assist area youth in gaining access to the local job market in the
hopes that they will continue to live in Elgin County and grow our rural communities
into the future. I thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of this
project," said Brian Masschaele, Director of Community and Cultural Services
Elgin County Library
provides a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment that fosters lifelong
learning, creative expression, community engagement and cultural vitality in harmony
with a rural way of life.
A leading grant maker in Canada, the
Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector
through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government
of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.