by Ethan Paquet, Coordinator of Career Development Association of PEI (CDA of PEI)
The John Howard Society of PEI is a non-profit organization that works with people at risk and/or who has come into conflict with the law to help find stable housing, employment, and develop life skills.
Through regular meetings with clients, staff can identify barriers and develop a plan to help clients learn the skills to deal with these barriers with the ultimate goal of returning to work.
They can also assist clients in tax preparation and direct them to services to request a pardon for their criminal records.
While their office remains closed in response to COVID-19, the staff have been working remotely to continue serving clients.
Tanner MacLean is an employment outreach worker at John Howard Society. He says the new restrictions have forced a new model of service.
“Staff has been continuing to serve clients over the phone and when a physical meeting is necessary, it is quick and outside of our office with physical distancing being a priority, therefore keeping our offices sanitized.”
The services still being offered include employment assistance, case management, career counselling, and referrals from other organizations including corrections and shelters. Tanner says making these services available over the phone has attracted more clients to John Howard Society.
“Offering our services over the phone has allowed staff to initiate the conversation around employment and begin the process of career counselling and job searching.”
Those looking for employment assistance, tax preparation or other outreach services can reach a staff member at (902) 626-6743. To learn more about The John Howard Society of PEI and the services they offer, call (902) 566-5425 or visit www.pei.johnhoward.ca.
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.
- 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
For more about CDA of PEI, visit www.cdapei.ca.