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On the Eleventh Hour, On the Eleventh Day, On the Eleventh Month…

Today, Canada Remembers. The World Remembers.

The Poppy Flower, a popular symbol of World War I

Whatever your philosophical or moral beliefs, the historical fact is that many Canadian men and women sacrificed their lives for victory in the First World War. Today, we celebrate the armistice that marked the end of the bloodiest and biggest war in history at the time, but we also mourn. We mourn for the faceless soldiers that gave everything so we could live freely today. Today is about more than a symbol or a poem, or an evidence-based history; it is about sentiment. The sentiment to gratefully remember the brave individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice, the sentiment to respect and honour all of the fallen, this is what today is truly about. We do not need to limit this sort of gratitude to one day a year, either. Still, there are injured, disabled, or ill veterans that do not have access to the basics. There are families of veterans that continue to go without. Whatever it is that you do today to honour these courageous souls, take a minute to reflect on all that there is to be grateful for, and the miraculous beauty of this world.

“In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.” – John McCrae

Rest in Peace, now and forever.

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The 2019 United Way Stairclimb, November 7, 2019

Today, the wonderful Employables team of the London Employment Help Centre rocked to the top of One London Place to raise funds for local community supports and poverty reduction initiatives. Thank you to all the donors, the other teams, United Way Elgin Middlesex, Scotiabank, the sponsors, and the community at large for making this a success! Together, we can work to reduce poverty and support productive livelihoods for the unseen, marginalized individuals of society. Most of all, this goes out to you, those with lived experience in poverty and disadvantage. Thank you!

The wonderful, super, extraordinary Employables, the London Employment Help Centre's Stairclimb 2019 Team

From left: Tricia Dalton, Edward Pugliese, Emma Ferguson, Geoff Hume, Tammy Brooks, Elena Shkolnikov, Rob Spencer

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Team Stats at a Glance:

9 Climbers

24 Donations

$840 raised (and counting), surpassing the $500 team goal by at least 168%!

We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

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Power Up London, October 29, 2019

On Tuesday evening, October 29, an energetic group gathered at Olive R Twists at the Covent Garden Market in London ON.

How Do You Feel At Work

Power Up London is a networking group dedicated to supporting London’s entrepreneurs and communities. This time around, mental health and well being were the topics of the day. We all suffer, have suffered, or know someone that has suffered from mental illness. This is a particularly tricky topic to broach in the workplace. Supervisors and Managers could perceive weakness or incompetence, coworkers could start to doubt you. This only makes things worse. People generally do not want to discuss these things in public with others. That’s a big part of the challenge here: by keeping all of these emotions and sentiments inside, one will only make it harder to seek the help and support she/he/they need(s).

Roots of Mental Wellbeing

Three courageous survivors of mental illness shared their stories of struggle, suffering, defeat, perseverance, resiliency, and victory. Mental illness is real; recovery is possible. Speak out. Start these courageous conversations. Reach out. There are a number of great supports in the London area for mental health and wellness. Contact the LEHC today to learn more and find out where to get the help you are looking for. No judgements. Only hope. Thank you to the event’s organizers and the speakers, and we hope to see you out at the next Power Up London event. Stay tuned!

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The 2019 United Way Stairclimb

November 7, 2019. The London Employment Help Centre has a team of brave climbers fundraising for the noble community initiatives of the United Way. Look out for the Employables!

Elgin-Middlesex United Way Scotiabank Stairclimb, November 7, 2019 at One London Place. Donate today online or info@lehc.ca

Donate to the London Employment Help Centre Employables today by visiting the United Way website or by contacting info@lehc.ca!

(Each climber is expected to raise $40 or more so help us out today).

This United Way Elgin-Middlesex event is brought to you by Scotiabank.

Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Today marked a record attendance for the Manufacturing Matters Conference, hosted and sponsored by a number of exceptional community partners, which focuses on technological development and its impact on the future of the employment market and workforce development more generally.

Manufacturing Matters Conference, London Ontario, October 3, 2019 at the RBC London Place

LEHC had a couple of representatives attend and there as so much value to take from the expertise, knowledge, experience and stories that were shared today. Mayor Ed Holder introduced two representatives from Maple Leaf Foods, which has started pouring the concrete in building an upcoming, leading edge production plant in London Canada. Years of planning and thought have resulted in bringing Industry 4.0 to London Ontario. This was a great opportunity for community partners and business leaders to network and mingle about the future of economic development and the new workforce.

London Ontario Mayor Ed Holder introduces the speakers and outlines the event

Mayor of London Canada, Ed Holder, speaks to an enthralled crowd at the Manufacturing Matters Conference, 2019

Thank you to RBC London Place and to all the staff at the venue that made this event possible. Thank you to all of the businesses and investors in London and the community partners that work tirelessly to connect job seekers to employers and improve Ontario’s global competitive economic advantage while also reducing the unemployment rate.

Maple Leaf Foods Senior VP, Ben Brooks, speaks at the Manufacturing Matters Conference 2019

Company Representatives from Maple Leaf Foods explain the concept behind the new leading edge facility to be built in town by 2021

The Empowering Women in Manufacturing Panel, where three remarkable London Ontario professionals shared their stories of struggle and success in a traditionally male-dominated industry, was particularly insightful. Below, you can see a few stats about women in the manufacturing sector. The hope is to change these trends and build a truly inclusive workforce for Ontario. Thank you to these inspirational women. Womanufacturing, anyone?Stats about Women in Manufacturing, 2019

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Reminder: Saputo is Coming to the LEHC

Visit the LEHC tomorrow, Thursday October 3, to chat with company representatives from Saputo in St. Mary’s. If you live in London and can’t get there, there are options for ride sharing or carpooling. Who knows, someone you meet tomorrow could coordinate a carpool. The openings are mainly for Production and Packaging but there are others and everyone is encouraged to stop by. Bring your family, your friends, and your positive attitude with you tomorrow as well. Bring a resume and cover letter (if you have one) and be prepared to meet face-to-face with company reps.Saputo Foods will be at the LEHC October 3, 2019 from 11-4 p.m.

A Moving Evening: the LEHC 36th Annual General Meeting

On a gorgeous afternoon, on the last day of September 2019, a dedicated group of individuals gathered at the beautiful facilities of Pathways Skill Development in London ON. The Board of Directors took care of bureaucratic business as the attendees helped themselves to appetizers and light refreshments. Nancy McQuillan, the Executive Director at the London Employment Help Centre, spoke to an engaged crowd while some extraordinary LEHC clients told their stories–of struggle, pain, suffering, triumph. The Honorable MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler (NDP), was also in attendance to hear these stories and appreciate the work that the London Employment Help Centre does for the communities in London and area. Thank you to everyone who attended, those that couldn’t make it, and especially to the clients that we have the privilege to serve on a daily basis.Nancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ONNancy McQuillan, CEO at LEHC, speaks to an engaged crowd at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development in London ON.
Peggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the Career and Employment SpecialistsPeggy Sattler, NDP MPP for London West, meets with an exceptional LEHC client and one of the LEHC Career and Employment Specialists at the at the 36th Annual General Meeting at Pathways Skill Development.
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Another Successful London and Area Works Job Fair!

This past Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the LEHC attended the London and Area Works Job Fair. There were many community partners, companies, and job seekers there! Over 2500 job seekers attended, with growing interest and attendance after each event. The next one is already scheduled so mark it in your calendars now: April 21, 2019, location still TBD.One of the LEHC's star CESs, Susan Abdula, stands at the LEHC booth at the London and Area Works Job Fair, September 24, 2019 at the Western Fair Metroland Media Agriplex.One of the LEHC’s star CESs, Susan Abdula, poses at the LEHC booth during the London and Area Works Job Fair, September 24, 2019.

THANK YOU for your support to local families!

THANK YOU for your generous support!

LEHC fundraises annually to directly support clients and their families during times of crisis for food, baby supplies, clothing, transportation vouchers, medications and emergency health and dental care. Last year more than 350 families were assisted and the need continues.


Thank you to everyone who joined in our 35th Anniversary Celebration – 80s MUCH Video Dance Party, hosted by Matt Loop & JACK 102.3 and shared your support!