After a successful first job fair in March of 2018, Community Living Algoma was looking to stick to the same recipe in recruiting support workers at its May Job Fair held at The Water Tower West Courtyard on Thursday, May, 31.
The agency was looking to seek out workers who possessed a vision and values which aligned with those of its own. The result was an attendance of 31 people, which once again surpassed the number anticipated.
“Both job fairs have exceeded expectations,” said Executive Director John Policicchio.
“We met some strong potential employees, and we want to thank everyone who attended.”
The Executive Director began by introducing the change in culture surrounding individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the current progress made transitioning from day programs, group homes and sheltered workshops in the past to the initiatives being pursued which are focused on person-centeredness, individualized supports, and promoting inclusion in communities.
Following his introduction, Policicchio went on to share some of the many success stories about people supported by Community Living Algoma. He highlighted how working as a support worker can contribute to success stories like those.
Out of the 31 who attended, 28 were interviewed for a position. This is part of an organizational target to recruit and hire 60 new employees by the end of July 2018. Thursday evening’s job fair included attendees from a wide age demographic.
Community Living Algoma’s Human Resources Manager Niccette Reed was pleased with the turnout, and spoke to the quality of those who expressed interest in working for the agency.
“We’ve now held our second successful job fair,” said Reed.
“Our management team met a lot of great people for on the spot interviews, who were able to articulate why they want to work for CLA based on their values, ethics and work experience. They voiced their passion in contributing to making a difference in someone’s life, and to advocate for inclusion.”
The organization will continue to recruit front-line staff as it moves toward its hiring target by the end of July. Those still interested in a part-time position as a support worker are encouraged to apply within.