Career Resource Centre closing its doors

Darrell Cole
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Part of CRDA's closure

The Career Resource Centre, located in the Cumberland Economic Resource Centre on Church Street, is closing on June 21 as the Cumberland Regional Development Authority moves toward closing its doors at the end of June. Employment assisted services are being maintained at CANSA's office on Victoria Street. 

AMHERST - Amherst's career resource centre is closing at the end of this month, a casualty of the coming closure of the Cumberland Regional Development Authority.

The office, which opened in September 1999 in the Cumberland Economic Resource Centre on Church Street, will be closing its drop-in center and discontinuing client services on June 21.

With the closure of the career resource centre, employment assisted services in Amherst will be maintained by the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association.

Three people are losing their jobs because of the office closure.

"The contract was sponsored by CRDA and it's over," project manager Jude Weatherbee said Monday. "Rather than taking it out to tender, Employment Nova Scotia decided to offer it to the existing employment assistant services in the area."

Weatherbee said clients are being referred to both CANSA as well as to Open Arms in Tatamagouche. She is hoping it will be a smooth transition for clients and said the other service providers will make sure there are no gaps.

"They will still be able to get their resumes written and they will still be able to get assistance with their interviews and anything they need to help their job search or return to school will be available here in Amherst," she said.

Weatherbee said the career resource centre had, on average, 3,500 drop-in visits each year and provided case management services to approximately 350 people per year.

"It has been a very busy place and we've had a lot of success during some tough economic times," she said. "We're quite proud of what we managed to accomplish here."

Along with assisting job seekers, the resource centre also helped people go back to school by working with other stakeholders, including Service Canada and Employment Nova Scotia, to send people on EI back to the classroom to learn the skills they need to go back to work in long-term jobs.

The office also worked extensively with young people giving them the skills they require to prepare them for the workplace. It also hosted numerous job fairs and workshops that helped clients develop essential skills for looking for work.

"We've had so many success stories with people finding work. It's funny in that we often say to someone when they leave that we don't want to see them around here and we usually don't," Weatherbee said. "It's one of the legacies of this office is how many people have picked up some important skills that have helped them find that job."

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Organizations: Cumberland Regional Development Authority, Resource Centre, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Open Arms Service Canada

Geographic location: AMHERST, Church Street, Tatamagouche

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Recent comments

  • Charlie Joseph
    June 04, 2013 - 12:04

    What is NOT sad is that CRDA was defunded, this is best parcelled of to newer service providers. Hopefully CANSA, Open Arms, Service Canada and Employment Nova Scotia will come up with services to the people that are more cost effective and not tainted by well documented issues with governance and accounting practices by various NS RDAs Google broken rda model. Better yet google - Nova Scotians Without Borders.

  • Theop Magaz
    June 04, 2013 - 10:15

    What a tremendous loss to the people of CUMBERLAND COUNTY. It is bad enough that the government in Halifax cares not a whit about the rest of Nova Scotia outside the boundries of the HRM, but there is a feeling in the rest of Cumberland County that Amherst only cares about Amherst.

  • Disappointed observer
    June 04, 2013 - 08:43

    What a tremendous loss to the people of Amherst. The article is definitely true. I know how effective this service has been to so many, and how dedicated and tireless the employees have been. Kudos to the exemplary employees.

  • Marie
    June 03, 2013 - 21:41

    Funny Amherst can't even keep their career resource centre open, let alone business's. Does any "regular joe" really stand a chance living here?