Work Hard, Earn a Bike

CultureLink Health and Recreation, Uncategorised

CultureLink’s Community Bicycle Hub promotes cycling as a great hobby and a green method of transport. Through our bike repair workshops and services, we support cycling initiatives and get more people involved in creating a sustainable cycling culture that benefits us all.

Our Bike Hub’s Earn-A-Bike program teachers participants about bike mechanics and maintenance. It aims to enable participants to repair their own bikes, gain more confidence while cycling and maybe even start a career as a bike mechanic! All participants can keep the bike they refurbished, earning it through their work.

Recently, one of our participants wrote:


“As a new immigrant to Canada, I was looking for a program that would give me a sense of belonging and direction to follow my passion.

Throughout this incredible 8-week program I not only learned about bike mechanics but also got a chance to build my own bike! Bike repair can be expensive and knowing how to repair my own bike is a great way to save. I can now confidently ride my bike knowing that if something goes wrong, it can always be fixed at no cost or hassle at all.

At the same time, this program also increased my knowledge of bikes and brushed up my cycling skills! It also helped me realise that biking is the most convenient, pleasurable and environmentally-friendly way to go. No matter what the weather conditions are, biking is the way to go.

Earn-a-bike also gave me a chance to interact with new people. It was exciting to meet people who shared the same kind of passion 🙂

Above all, programs such as these are also beneficial in providing employment opportunities in the bike industry, specially for a newcomer like me.”

We are planning a new Earn-a-Bike session for February 2023. To be notified when the program start date is confirmed, please email bikehub@culturelink.ca.

Newcomer Youth Job Fair

CultureLink Find a Job News, Uncategorised, Youth News

It was a cold October day in Toronto. Our Children and Youth Centre was open and the team had set up a table outside to welcome guests, and one inside to handle registrations.

Slowly but surely, over 50 clients walked through those doors and into a room where representatives from Tim Horton’s, Fresh Co, Old Navy, Roots and Canadian Tire waited to meet them. Before the event, several of these clients had worked on their resumes and interview skills with CultureLink staff, so they were ready to present their best selves for a job opportunity.

The great thing about this particular Job Fair was seeing employers making accommodations for the specific needs of our clients. Some of them had no resumes, but the employees had application forms to be filled instead. Some of them did not speak English well, but the employees would create non-client facing positions so they could still get a job.

“We don’t normally hire high school students, but after seeing your clients face to face, I have changed my mind and will be consider applications from newcomer students from this Job Fair”, said one of the employers interviewing for Old Navy.

Some of our younger candidates walked in full of doubts, not knowing exactly what to do our say, but after the first round of interviews felt confident enough to line up for more!

Both applicants and employers praised our event. “I would be happy to come back for another Job Fair at CultureLink”, commented a Canadian Tire employer.

A Senior Manager from Tim Hortons went as far as to say we can send clients to them all year round for their employment opportunities. “This is the best Job Fair for newcomers we have attended and we are very happy we came”, he told us when the event was over. We look forward to strengthening this relationship with them in benefit of our clients.

So far, we know of two clients who were hired at old Navy as a result of our event. Congratulations to Veronica and Marichka! For many others it was their first time going through an interview and being able to give them that opportunity is a great success for us. We look forward to the next Job Fair.

 

 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

CultureLink News

Today, September 30th, is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Despite the name, we as a Canadian society are still far from achieving reconciliation and must not forget our duty to amplify indigenous voices, educate one another and to advocate.

This day does not only remind us of the First Nation, Metis, and Inuit survivors of Residential Schools and the families of those who did not return, but of the continued commitment we must take in order to enact change.

Steps to reconciliation must first start by educating ourselves. We encourage all of us to take time to educate ourselves on this matter as well as to explore new ways to incorporate reconciliation education and decolonization into our program activities, personal lives, today and in the future. As an organization who acts as some of the first contacts that new Canadians encounter, it is crucial that we can pass on our understandings and indigenous resources regarding the rich history and culture of Canada’s Indigenous people.

On this day, let us all take some time to reflect on the foundation of Canada .

On September 30th, all Canadians are encouraged to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

Orange Shirt Day

On this day, we also mark the 9th annual Orange Shirt Day. We recognize the impact and legacy of Canada’s residential school system and continue to learn the many truths of these institutions. We honour the lives of every Indigenous child lost to this system and recognize the lasting impact that it has had on the lives of Indigenous survivors and communities.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day of school when she was 6 years old, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

Learning Resources

Newcomer Youth Job Fair

Kristin Events, Find a Job News

Newcomer Youth Job FairNewcomer Youth Job Fair

 

Are you a newcomer, age 15-30? Are you looking for work?
Connect with employers at CultureLink’s Newcomer Youth Job Fair!

Friday October 7, 2022, 10am-2pm

CultureLink Children and Youth Centre
3535 Dundas Street West (at Jane Street)
Toronto

 

 

We are welcoming FIVE employers with job openings.

  • Tim Hortons is hiring bakers and crew members who serve the coffee and baked items to customers, at 20 locations in the Toronto area.
  • Freshco (3400 Dundas Street West location) is hiring grocery clerks, cashiers, stock shelves, and produce clerks.
  • Canadian Tire (2129 St. Clair Avenue West location) is hiring retail sales clerks, cashiers and customer service representatives.
  • Roots (45 Gunns Road location) is hiring retail sales clerks.
  • Old Navy (1980 St. Clair Avenue West location) is hiring retail sales clerks.

At the job fair you will introduce yourself to employers, and submit your resume. You may be hired right away!

 

Do you need help to prepare for the job fair?
CultureLink’s Youth Employment Skills program is offering two workshops, to help you prepare.

  • Resume preparation – Thursday September 29, 2022, 7-8pm
    At this online workshop you will learrn the basics of preparing your resume. After the workshop, you may sign up to have expert advice to create a resume, or to improve your resume. We will also print your resume for the job fair. Register to receive the Zoom link.
  • “Mock Interviews” – Friday September 30, 2022, 3:45-6pm
    At this in-person event, you will learn what kind of questions to expect in a job interview, what vocabulary employers use, and  how to present yourself. You will practice answering questions in a friendly, low-stress environment, and get feedback from experienced staff. We also help you prepare references – people a prospective employer can contact, to find out about you.

And there’s more!  We will have door prizes and Thanksgiving gift bags for registered participants.

 

To attend the job fair, please register in advance by filling out the registration form.
We will follow up with you to find out what help you need.

Contact Selina Tejani for more information at stejani@culturelink.ca or 647-831-0250.

Don’t delay – sign up today!

 

 

 

 

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OTF Grant to Improve Capacity

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CultureLink has been reviewing and updating core processes to improve the capacity of the organization.

Marketing was involved in the creation of Brand Guidelines, as part of the investment in the development of a more cohesive image for the organization that will help us preserve the friendliness and expertise of our brand visually, for further growth, awareness and recognition.

The project also included a variety of assessments used to measure the technical abilities of all our staff. This collection of data was then applied to customize a series of training sessions in which we reviewed the most critical functions of our digital tools and empower employees to use them efficiently.

Both projects and additional work was possible with the Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Thank you!

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— The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.