North American Impact Award – General Electric Canada, 2009

Nominated for the United Way Spirit Award, 2007, 2008, 2009

Silver Award of Excellence in Service Quality-Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 2006

Everyday Heroes National Campaign - Microsoft Canada

Diamond Award for Best Learning Centre- Etobicoke Guardian Reader’s Choice

Nominated for A Gem of the Lake Shore - Etobicoke-Lake Shore community

Nominated for the Etobicoke Business Award of Excellence - the Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce

2008-2009 Bob Berry Scholarship

In 2007 the Bob Berry Scholarship was created by the late Bob Berry. Bob's focus was to ensure that JobStart helped clients achieve their employment goals. The recipient of the Bob Berry Scholarship receives a $1,000 scholarship to help them prepare for their chosen career, or if already employed, help further their career.

For over 23 years Bob was a dear friend of JobStart, and was instrumental to the well being and growth of the Agency.

Bob Berry's family came forth to present the award. His wife, Jean and grandson Ryan were pleased to present the award to Prince Dasano. Prince was delighted to receive the award and noted he will be using it to pursue his passion for helping others. He has been accepted in the 'Community Youth Worker Program' at Sheridan College.

Among his many accomplishments Prince founded the "Change the Future" Foundation, which is a not for profit organization formed to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of impoverished and troubled youth. To date the "Change the Future Foundation" has provided a wide range of invaluable services TO OVER 1,500 PARTICIPANTS.

Michael Raymond, Director, Programs & Services congratulated Prince and thanked the Bob Berry Family for their continued support of JobStart.

The Annual Client Achievement Award is a Board of Directors award presented to a JobStart graduate based on the following criteria:

  • Strong participation within the client group
  • Working well with staff
  • Moving forward in their path to success by either finding and keeping a job or by participating in training

June 16, 2010

The 2010 Annual Client Achievement Award recipient for 2010 was presented to Ransford by Lucy Coschignano, JobStart’s Board President. For 20 years Ransford worked at a local glass manufacturing plant. When the plant closed he was one of 425 people laid off. Ransford heard about the Career Solutions Program at JobStart from working with a peer helper at the Action Centre 29 union hall where the Career Solutions Job Coach was assisting other individuals on how to write a resume and developing job development strategies.

The Career Solutions Job Coach helped Ransford with pre-employment preparation activities such as job search techniques, understanding transferable skills and assisting with a resume and cover letter. Ransford was successful in finding employment as an Assistant Production Manager.

June 17, 2009

The 2009 Annual Client Achievement Award recipient for 2009 was presented to Anna by Lucy Coschignano, JobStart’s Board President.

Anna arrived in Canada in October, 2008 with over ten years experience in the Information Technology field and applied to a number of companies for a position. Unfortunately her job search was not successful, and it was at that point Anna heard about JobStart’s Career Action for Newcomers Program through the Toronto Regional Immigrant Council’s (TRIEC) website. After successfully completing JobStart’s Enhanced Language Training Program, Anna was successful finding employment in her field, as a System Engineer in Configuration Management. Anna expressed her appreciation to JobStart by helping her prepare her resume, identifying opportunities for her to participate in mock interviews, and by providing encouragement and support.

The 2010 Staff Award of Excellence was presented to Selina Tejani by Julia Knapp, Director, Programs and Services and Boris Wells, Manager, Programs and Services

June 16, 2010

Selina has been a member of the JobStart staff for the past five years, first as part-time Job Developer with the Career Action for Newcomers Program, and then joined the Experienced Workers Program, currently known as Career Solutions at Lake Shore.

Selina has shown great flexibility and adapted herself to the changing priorities. One of Selina’s most recent successes was that in addition to her role as a Job Coach with Career Solutions, Selina was assigned the challenging role of working with the Action Centre established in collaboration with the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities, Owen-Illinois and the C.A.W. local 29. Selina made a significant contribution to the assignment and earned the mutual respect of all parties, not least of all from her clients who as a result of her hard work secured employment. Selina has earned the respect of her coworkers for demonstrating the qualities that best exemplify the meaning of the word excellence, always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients, and also participating in and representing JobStart at activities outside of her regular work schedule.

Congratulations Selina!

The 2009 Staff Award of Excellence was presented to Jocelyn Beckles by Julia Knapp, Director, Programs and Services and Boris Wells, Manager, Programs and Services

June 17, 2009

When presenting the award, Boris Wells, Manager, Programs and Services said, “Jocelyn is an amazing facilitator; I know I have learned so much from her, she brings out the best qualities in the entire group.” Boris noted these are not his words, rather a participant in one of Jocelyn’s groups. Boris noted that he has a binder full of such comments, and unfortunately there is not sufficient time to quote them all.

Jocelyn Beckles has been a member of the JobStart staff for the past eight years, first as a member of the Employment Resource Centre, and for the past five and a half years as a Job Coach with the Career Solutions Program.

Congratulations Jocelyn!

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2930 Lake Shore Blvd. West - Islington Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.

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219 Dufferin St. #1C - King St. W. & Dufferin St.

Chauncey Location >

41 Chauncey Ave - off Islington Ave.,   south of Bloor St. W.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant
Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario