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September 2021

YES Employer Connections pay off for Darnell

Darnell is loving his job at Thunder Bay Waterproofing.   He returned to Thunder Bay in March of this year when pandemic restrictions were in full swing, but he was determined to find a general labour job and start a career here.  Connecting to the right opportunity started with a visit to YES.

Darnell had been living in Armstrong and he had been working steadily up until 2021.  The pandemic restrictions were resulting in fewer work hours, so he headed back to Thunder Bay.  We had helped him find work in Thunder Bay previously, so he re-connected with us and started working with Career Development Practitioner, Brenda Richtig.   Darnell says that the biggest advantage to having Brenda in his corner was the employer connections.  He had not been in Thunder Bay since 2016 and he no longer had a network to help him find work.  When the owner of Thunder Bay Waterproofing walked in to YES to let us know they were in urgent need of new staff, Brenda instantly thought of Darnell.  After a telephone interview, Darnell was hired on. 

The match was a good one.  Darnell enjoys the work and appreciates the skills he has gained and the fact that the contracting company is busy enough to provide full-time work.  The owner of Thunder Bay Waterproofing is thrilled with Darnell’s work ethic saying that this summer’s crew is the “best in our six years of business.”  Congratulations on your success Darnell, and thanks to Thunder Bay Waterproofing for providing this great local opportunity.

If you are looking for work, YES can help.  We serve clients of all ages and skill levels and our relationship with local employers can help connect you to opportunities that may not be posted anywhere else.  Just call or visit to connect!

Call:  807-623-0768

Visit:  1116 Waterford Street (Off Memorial at Dunlop)

A Fond Farewell

YES staff and leadership came together to bid a fond farewell to Cleo Wabegijig who retired on August 27th. Cleo was a client and staff favourite here at YES and he will be missed. We wish him a retirement filled with relaxation, adventure and lots of family time. Please come back with fresh bannock any time, Cleo. With appreciation for your dedication, commitment and compassion, your YES family says farewell.

You are invited join our 40th Anniversary Celebration Livestream event.  The theme of this event is:  Adapt, Change and Emerge Stronger.  Everyone we work with has the ability to adapt, change, and emerge stronger and we love helping people in our community reach their potential.
All you need to join in the celebration is a spare half hour (or so) and this link to our Youtube Channel.  On September 23rd at 3pm, the livestream will begin featuring live speakers who will highlight their relationship with YES.  We will also feature videos paying tribute to our valued community partners and employers.  Westfort Productions has put together some success stories that will debut during the livestream.  They also created a grand finale video which captures our theme beautifully.  We look forward to celebrating with you.  We hope you can join us. 

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