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YEC Update - Employer Events at YEC

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames are recruiting energetic, enthusiastic individuals to join their concessions team! Youth ages 15-24 can bring their résumé and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Drop in to the Youth Employment Centre between 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Wednesday September 28th, 2016

All In For Youth

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is excited to announce that we have renewed our partnership with United Way of Calgary and Area and the All in For Youth Initiative for year three of our Career Talks program!

Career Talks promotes high school completion by having volunteers share their personal stories and journeys into their respective professions through small, informal discussion groups (1-10 students) in local Calgary high schools. Each 30 minute Career Talk focuses on the importance of setting obtainable goals, navigating the world of work, overcoming challenges and self discovery. They are not professional presentations, recruiting events, hiring fairs or a way of convincing students towards a certain career path.

Who it's meant for...
The Career Talks are structured and most suitable for students who may not be strong academically, are facing barriers to high school completion, need extra support/guidance and motivation to achieve their goals and/or just don't know what they want to do with their lives! Our greatest emphasis in volunteer recruitment is to engage positive role models from diverse backgrounds who are currently employed in careers that don't require extensive post- secondary education.

Where they take place...
Over the past year we have held Career Talks in informal areas of host AIFY schools (lounge, board room, resource areas etc.) to encourage group discussion and participation. Each Talk is facilitated by a City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor to further support students in attendance.

How to Volunteer...
If you would like to find out more about this initiative and/or would like to volunteer individually or as an employer please contact:

Mike Audfroid
City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor & All in For Youth Liaison
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(403) 268-8935

Christina David
City of Calgary Youth Employment Counsellor & All in for Youth Liaison
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(403) 268-5747

Discovering Your Opportunities

Discovering Your Opportunities (DYO) completed its 17th successful program this summer. DYO is a life skills and work experience program for pregnant and parenting young mothers, providing them the opportunity to gain entry-level work experience, a stipend, and high school credits. The program could not run without the ongoing partnership between Catholic Family Service, the Calgary Board of Education, and the Youth Employment Centre.

This year, the program graduated ten girls, all who received full-credits for the program. Thank you to the following employers for hosting students this year:

  • Bethany Care Society
  • Bow View Manor
  • Catholic Family Service
  • Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Extendicare Hillcrest
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Louise Dean School
  • Kal Tire
  • Kensington Auto Pro
  • Manana
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • YMCA- Kids in Motion Program

DYO was helpful to participants in realizing career paths they were interested in pursuing, and learning what education and experience was required to get there. It also gave them the opportunity to build lasting relationships with their mentors who, moving forward, can act as references for the participants in helping them to secure jobs in the future. Employers were provided the opportunity to mentor and make a difference in the lives of the participants, allowing them to gain new perspectives and appreciation for the challenges teen mothers face.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support Discovering Your Opportunities, especially those who helped in program planning and who volunteered their time to facilitate workshops and practice mock interviews with participants. We look forward to many more successful years of Discovering Your Opportunities, where girls graduate the program feeling more prepared and confident about entering the workforce.

Score a $1000 Scholarship!

The Youth Employment Centre's Annual Scholarship Program deadline is approaching! Youth aged 15-24 that are job searching or career planning can apply for $1000 towards their educational, training, or upgrading goals.

Click here to watch a video testimonial of 2014 scholarship recipient Grace Onwuka.
Click here to read a testimonial from 2013 scholarship recipient Moe Kamar.

The Youth Employment Centre would like to acknowledge Tim Horton's for sponsoring a sole scholarship in the amount of $1000 this year!

Youth ages 15-24 that are clients of the Youth Employment Centre can apply. Click here for more information about the YEC scholarships, eligibility criteria, and application forms. Application deadline is October 31st, 2016.

Client Success Story

Phil is a new Canadian who has been coming to YEC for over a year and has been working closely with Susan, a YEC Employment Counsellor. Initially Phil's English was quite limited but he was very determined to find work. He had completed a post secondary degree in the sciences field from his country of origin. Phil was looking to obtain work in the medical field to help further his experience and to help support his family.

With the help of Susan, Phil prepared several résumés and was able to complete his First Aid/CPR training with the goal of becoming a porter.

Phil's ultimate goal was to go back to university in Canada. In order to do this Phil first needed to get his English language skills qualification scores up to par. Through the assistance of the YEC Bursary Fund Phil was able to take the prep class and ultimately the test, which he passed!

We found out just this week that Phil has been accepted into full time studies at the U of C in the faculty of his choice, Microbiology, for 2017!

Way to go Phil!!!

Employer Spotlight - London Drugs

The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with London Drugs for the September Employer Spotlight. London Drugs is 100% Canadian owned and has been in business since 1945. London Drugs employs more than 7000 staff dedicated to providing customers with a superior shopping experience. London Drugs is focused on local customers' satisfaction. They aim to serve their customers better through innovation and a continued involvement in the communities they service. There are 78 stores across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. In Calgary, they have 9 stores, all of which are accepting applications for various positions

London Drugs' strength lies in its people. London Drugs has made Forbes list of Canada's Best Employers for 2016. They offer part time, regular part time and full time positions in their stores and on occasion, they offer seasonal/casual work for the Christmas season. Advancement opportunities are offered through their promote-from-within policy and salaries are commensurate with experience. London Drugs employees enjoy many benefits including:

  • Health & Wellness (London Drugs repay up to 100% of YMCA/YWCA gym membership)
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, prescription drug and vision coverage available with service for you and your family
  • Company matched RRSPs
  • Employee Discount Program
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Ongoing in-house training and education courses
  • Scholarship and Bursary programs
  • Employee family assistance program
  • Community involvement

London Drugs is looking for people who like a challenge, enjoy an upbeat work atmosphere and take pride in their work. They recognize the power of teamwork and encourage an open environment where the exchange of ideas are welcomed - and rewarded. Wages at London Drugs are on a 20 step scale commensurate with experience. New hire employees at entry level positions starting at step 1 would be paid $11.50 per hour in Alberta, with wage increases occurring after hitting 'total hours worked' milestones, progressing up the 20 point scale. Most positions require no specific education or training. Substantial on the job training is provided for all new hires

London Drugs believes in people, family and community involvement, three things at the top of their list. They stress ethical behaviour and humanitarian values and celebrate different cultures and traditions. Specialized training programs and post-secondary educational opportunities are available to the employees.

Candidates can check out the careers website online at or they can apply in person in store.