The Alpha Centre is preparing for a week of activities recognizing Canada Career week, including a presentation on gambling. Among those preparing are (from left) Brandy Baker, Bruce Brownell, Lynn Chappell, Reaghan Silvea and facilitator Darlene Strong. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen
AMHERST - Career Week is a special time at the Alpha Centre. It's what the place is all about.
Throughout Canada Career Week, which runs until Nov. 4, counselors are hosting events to help prepare individuals for the workforce, and the centre is encouraging all to join in promoting opportunities for career and educational planning, and to help employers connect with job seekers.
Career Week offers a tremendous amount of resources and information to people who may be looking for work, considering a career or experiencing a transition in life, according to Darlene Strong from Maria's Place, a health and wellness clinic offering counseling.
"Everyday we experience some degree of economic and social change and it is important to be familiar with the resources available to us to adjust to change," she said.
Local resources available to assist in transitions include Alpha Centre, which aims to help foster an undestanding of the programs or services available, as well as helpful career tools.
"Alpha Centre is a great place to visit and volunteer," said Bruce Brownell. "The centre helps me connect with the people and resources for my long-term career goals."
The Alpha Centre promotes career development through referrals to various sites such as the Career Options website, which offers valuable resources for people looking for information on wages, training paths, job perspectives and employers. It also offers access to information on career planning for post-secondary education, training options and labour market information.
A highlight of the week's activities will be a customized workshop facilitates by Strong entitled, "Gambling - Prevention is the Key."
"A healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining a healthy workforce," she said.