From research studies and original publications to unique programming and community partner development, here is a look at some of the Special Projects Times Change has spearheaded and nurtured over the past four decades.
Times Change undertook a major research study of the impact of technological change on entry level clerical occupations in Metro Toronto, funded through Labour Canada's TIRF fund.
Times Change initiated the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group to link women employed in scientific and technical fields with immigrant and visible minority women seeking entry into such fields.
Times Change published Times Change: A Career Planning Workbook for Women and a Leader's Guide for the Workbook. This project was funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate. These resources were launched at the National Consultation on Career Counselling (NATCON) in 1994. The Workbook and Leader's Guide were revised in 2000 with support from the Ontario Women's Directorate, and launched at the Second Annual Opportunities Conference in Toronto. The Workbook was updated in 2002, 2006, and 2014.
A partnership was formed between Times Change, ACTEW and George Brown College to develop the Office Workers Career Centre.
Times Change conducted a needs assessment survey for the computer room to identify gaps in services offered at Times Change.
Times Change launched a needs assessment of employment and educational counselling clients to better understand and serve our clients and to guide strategic planning.
Times Change celebrated its first annual International Women's Day event, an open house event featuring storyteller Michele Tocher as guest speaker and a former client Ania Weekes as performer.
Times Change completed a needs assessment study of new counselling clients and hosted community consultation meetings for a variety of employment-related services to share the findings.
Times Change hosted a community visit as part of the Seeing is Believing program established by Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Corporate leaders met with clients of Times Change to learn about the challenges of unemployment and career transition for women in today's economy.
Times Change met with 24 Greater Toronto Area MPPs, or their representatives, to advocate for the continued funding of women-specific employment services.
Times Change completed a five year strategic planning project with the help of an Organizational Effectiveness Grant received from United Way Toronto.
Long term partner, OWCC was not invited into the new Employment Ontario model and phased out services as of April 2010. Times Change took full ownership of the once-shared Resource Centre. Times Change renovated existing space and re-launched the Resource Centre with a new layout.
Career Exploration for Women (CEW), an evening fee-for-service social enterprise, was established to provide career planning support for employed women who are not eligible for Employment Ontario funded services. Revenue generated by CEW registration fees go directly toward maintaining the free Times Change programs and services for unemployed and underemployed women in Toronto.
From top to bottom: (Header) Day of Caring Event; International Women's Day; March on Parliament Hill; Donor Recognition Event; Cover of Career Planning Workbook; Postcard for Career Exploration for Women (CEW) Program.