PRESENTED BY: ONESTEP
The Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP) is a province-wide umbrella organization for the community-based training and employment (CBET) sector. More than 450 programs are provided by our member agencies, with over 250,000 clients served each year. Services include but are not limited to: career and personal counselling; literacy, ESL and numeracy programs; job-finding clubs; computer courses; sector-specific training (finances, tourism, healthcare) and job placement.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: OCASI
OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies in Ontario and to coordinate responses to shared needs and concerns.
OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.
The Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT), has lead responsibility for immigration and newcomer settlement, volunteerism, provincial honours and awards, seniors issues and women’s issues.
The Ministry’s vision is “a diverse society where all people, together with newcomers, women and volunteers, contribute to a strong economy, caring society and enhanced quality of life.”
EMBRACING INCLUSION PROJECT LEAD
Angela Connors is an Ojibway from the Saugeen First Nation, Beaver Clan. Her 20+ year career in the nonprofit sector has been spent assisting the unemployed, new immigrants and refugees.
Prior to joining the ONESTEP team, Angela held the position of National Equality Representative in Ontario for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In this role she supported the work of the provincial equality committees, and provided training and advice on issues of equality to workers across the province.
In 2010 Angela’s commitment to social justice and equality was recognized by the City of Toronto as a recipient of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Aboriginal Affairs Award.
Angela’s ancestry has fuelled her passion for social justice and equality. The ability to recognize that sustainable social change begins with the individual is one of Angela’s key leadership strengths. Her actions are informed by the understanding that it takes the unified efforts of individuals working collectively to create the equitable organizations we seek.