On June 14, 2018, NWPB joined Literacy Link Niagara and roughly 40 adult community service providers for the Getting Connected facilitated networking round table event.
Taking place at 36 Page Street in St. Catharines, adult educators, Employment Ontario service providers, income support representatives, and wrap-around services staff got the chance to meet with one another and create valuable connections for the benefit of their clients throughout the Niagara region. Literacy Link Niagara facilitated this networking through round table Q&A sessions, allowing participants to gather in small, rotating groups to showcase their organizations and get to know each other as colleagues in education, employment, and independent living services. All who registered for the event were encouraged to bring and distribute business cards, flyers, and other informational materials, promoting open sharing of resources and contact information.
After some opening words from Literacy Link Niagara's Co-Executive Directors, Gay Douglas Broerse and Ashley Hoath-Murray, NWPB's own Operations & Research Manager, Adam Durrant, gave a preliminary presentation at the start of the morning's activities. After thanking Douglas Broerse and Hoath-Murray, as well as Projects Coordinator Christine Eaton, for organizing this opportunity, he took a brief few minutes to highlight NWPB's labour market data services and their potential uses for those working in education and employment services. Additionally, NWPB's Mentorship Manager, Josie Faccini, spoke to the gathered representatives about the Immigrant Mentorship Program offered through Niagara Workforce Planning Board, inviting those working with internationally trained professionals to connect with her in order to extend the opportunity of workforce mentorship to their clients.
Preliminary feedback on the event shows that attendees are highly interested in attending similar events in the future, and Literacy Link Niagara looks forward to offering more facilitated networking opportunities going forward. Feedback and evaluation results collected from the Getting Connected event will be available in an upcoming report in early July of this year.