What do you do exactly?

by Cathy Perennec McLean, Director, Employment and Training

I spent the summer with my kids, who have been my kids for 20 and 22 years respectively.

I can’t get over the fact that I have kids that old (where did the time go) and that we are now having real conversations about life, challenges, goals and sometimes even politics (they go to school in the U.S.). But what struck me most this summer, was their question: ‘mom, what exactly do you do?’

For many years I had my own consulting and training business, where my mission was to provide the tools that individuals and businesses need to become even more successful. Helping people and coaching them to succeed, has always been my passion. As my kids are both athletic, it was easy for them to see me through their lens. They viewed my job to be that of a coach, and I would have to agree.

Almost 11 years ago, I joined the Caledon Community Services (CCS) team. My kids have practically grown up here, regularly hanging out with our CEO Monty, his dog Moses and of course my Employment and Training team.

You would think that spending all of this time with them, would have given them a better sense of what I did, but apparently not so much. That got me thinking. If they don’t really know, after all this time, maybe the rest of the community doesn’t know either. So, I think it’s time to share.

CCS, while largely known for its work with seniors, transportation, Evolve, and food and community programming at the Exchange, also helps build our local economy by supporting local businesses and training the local workforce.

We deliver language training for newcomers to Canada and provide resources and coaching for individuals considering a career change. We offer job search and employability skills training to job seekers of all ages and act as a bridge to match job seekers with local employers. We also facilitate wage subsidy, hiring incentives and training grants to support local business. In essence, we provide the tools that individuals and businesses need to be even more successful.

Sound familiar? Kids, I hope this answers your question about what your mom does. Caledon, I hope that you will stop by and visit us at 18 King St. and help us spread the word about what we do here at CCS.

Visit www.ccs4u.org to learn more about all of our programs and services.


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