by Ruby Arsenault, Employment Coach/Facilitator with Tignish Employment Resources (ER) Centre
Career Development Services (CDS) in West Prince has recently moved to a more central location to better serve clients. The new office is directly off the main highway in the recently constructed office space close to Mill River Resort.
“We have received excellent feedback from our clientele with respect to our new location,” says Dean Getson, Program Coordinator, CDS PEI. “The improved visibility and accessibility have made it easy for people to find us, and that shows in the increase in our resource centre numbers and our overall visits.”
Dean has been Program Coordinator for about a year now and supports CDS staff in all five offices across the Island. In order to do that, it is important for him to keep up-to-date on training opportunities, wage subsidies, group-based training initiatives, and more.
He no longer meets with clients one-on-one and admits that has been a big change after almost 20 years, but says “having an opportunity to assist our exceptional staff on a daily basis is very rewarding.”
Staff at CDS in West Prince
Jackie Stewart – Site Manager / Career Development Practitioner
Katie Wedge – Career Development Practitioner
Michelle Arsenault – Career Development Practitioner / Career Counsellor in Training
Nicole Deagle – Administrative Assistant
Dean Getson – Program Coordinator
One staff member’s education and career journey
Michelle Arsenault was hired as a Career Development Practitioner and is currently a Career Counsellor in training. She is taking courses through Yorkville University towards a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. After her graduation in 2024, she will become nationally certified through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Michelle has experience working with clients in her previous role with the Canadian Mental Health Association. “She brings an enthusiasm and an eagerness to help people reach their goals,” says Dean. “She connects well with our clients and works closely with them to help them along their individual paths.”
When Michelle finishes her Masters degree, she will be able to administer a wider range of career exploration tools to clients and provide more direct counselling services. “We are excited to have her as part of the team,” says Dean.
Career Development Services (CDS) is a confidential and welcoming place where you can:
- Search for a new job and prepare for job interviews
- Get help with your resumé and cover letter
- Learn about different careers and the local labour market
- Explore training and funding opportunities
- Discover your skills and abilities