Back in June 19, 1978, the WorkLink Employment Society (then known as the ‘Western Community Outreach Society’), opened its doors in the West Shore with 3 staff. Fast forward to their 40th year of community engagement and you’ll find the number has swelled to 47 staff working in 3 locations!
Looking back, WorkLink can be justifiably proud of its many successful milestones with the delivery of over 24 supportive employment and training projects to residents throughout the West Shore, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Beacher Bay, Sooke and Pachedaht First Nations communities. Programs, such as:
• Employment Assistance Services (EAS) provided employment support and training (1978-2012)
• BC Employment Program (BCEP) helped income assistance clients transition into the workforce (2006-2012)
• Employment Program of BC (EPBC) to assist unemployed with job searches, training, workshops, wage subsidy and more (2012-present)
• START program to assist unemployed youth (2015-present)
• Framework program to assist adults become independent through job/career placements (2015-present). In his introductory remarks at the 40th Anniversary celebrations on July 12, Peter Doukakis, Executive Director, gratefully acknowledged all the community collaborators, funders, community partners, volunteers and dedicated staff who “throughout the journey have stayed true to our nonprofit roots and never lost sight of our community and clientcentered approach.”
Doukakis also recognized the many community employers who continue to play a big part in WorkLink’s success “by making a commitment to hire employees and look beyond disabilities to focus on the abilities they bring to the workplace.”
Congratulations WorkLink and best wishes for another 40 more years of growing community partnerships.