by Ethan Paquet, Coordinator of Career Development Association of PEI (CDA of PEI)
Fitzroy Centre in Charlottetown, Hope Centre Clubhouse in Alberton, and Notre Dame Place in Summerside help members build their lives through meaningful work, socialization, and personal development, education/training, employment supports, advocacy, and housing.
If you are living with a mental health diagnosis and are between the ages of 18 and 65, you can apply to become a member.
In response to the COVID-19 shutdown, Fitzroy Centre has changed the way they are handling these tasks so they can still help serve the needs of clients at a time when staying home is key to staying safe.
Jayne Schmidt is the Acting Employment Unit Coordinator at Fitzroy Centre. She says the centre continues to support members with employment goals through phone calls and email, and there are plans to keep members engaged online.
“We are currently working on adding a virtual component for one-on-one and group sessions. We continue to offer a range of Employment Assistance Services including support with career counselling, career decision-making, labour market research, job search, job interview preparation, job coaching, and employment maintenance, through our Skills PEI funding.”
Jayne says the symptoms of mental illness can get in the way of achieving career goals, and the stigma surrounding mental illness can make people apprehensive about applying for jobs and how they may be received. To help with these challenges, Fitzroy Centre will continue to take in members who fit into their At Work/Au Travail program, which offers wage subsidies. They will also provide guidance with applying for and accessing funding for school.
As this may be a difficult time for members to find employment, Fitzroy Centre is helping members find information on income options available through the government if they are struggling due to COVID-19.
“We recognize that with developments due to COVID-19, many employers are not in a position to hire at present. Unless they are a fit for current essential services employment opportunities, we encourage our members to focus on being ready to apply for employment when employers are able to hire again.”
While Jayne primarily deals with employment issues, she encourages members to put their health first. “We are very sensitive to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s physical and mental health. Through our Clubhouse, we encourage members to first and foremost get to a healthy place, and then get employment ready.”
To access the Clubhouse and Employment Services, you must become a Fitzroy Centre member. To become a member, contact the Administration Unit at 902-566-5111 ext. 227.
To learn more about the Clubhouse programs:
Fitzroy Centre, Charlottetown | 902-566-5111 or email@example.com
Hope Centre Clubhouse, Alberton | 902-853-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notre Dame Place, Summerside | 902-888-2237 or email@example.com
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CDA of PEI is a network of career professionals, career influencers, community partners, post-secondary institutions and individuals committed to providing leadership to strengthen career development programs and initiatives on PEI.
The Association’s objectives:
- Increase public awareness of the career development field
- Advocate for services that strengthen the continued growth of career development
- Promote networking opportunities, professional development and resource sharing
- Disseminate information on developments occurring in the field provincially and nationally
- Advance career development and the capacity of the profession to respond effectively to all clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment