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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 MPP said.

"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.

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