After attending an Aboriginal networking event as part of Workforce Development Month, Sarah* continued to attend every networking group meeting. She was eager to take advantage of the one-on-one career planning and resume assistance services that were offered to her.

Sarah was passionate about a career in fundraising, using what money she could save to pay for Fundraising Certificate courses at a local university. With the support of Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS), Sarah was able to receive additional benefits through Ontario Works  to help her complete the Fundraising Certificate, as well as additional certificate programs such as non-profit volunteer management and grant proposal writing.

Sarah’s new credentials allowed her to create a resume targeted to the type of position she wanted. Sarah learned about the Investing in Neighbourhoods (IIN) program that offers meaningful and rewarding paid jobs at non-profit organizations for people on Ontario Works in Toronto. Sarah applied to IIN positions using the resume she had created, and obtained a position in her chosen field.

I will be able to use my skills in a terrific environment. Heartfelt thanks to you both for all of the support, useful information and creating such a positive environment. I always felt very hopeful, safe and respected when I attended workshops. Thank you very much!


Sarah is not the only success story to come out of the Aboriginal networking group. Five out of the 10-12 regular attendees have been hired in full-time employment to date, including Sarah who landed her dream job!

* name has been changed to maintain privacy