GUELPH, ON, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell Inc., a
non-profit organization that helps local people gain skills and access
to employment opportunities, received a boost today with the
announcement of a $20,000 grant from The Co-operators. The funding is
provided through The Co-operators Foundation Community Economic
Development (CED) Fund, which supports programs that help disadvantaged
people move toward self-reliance.
Groupe Convex creates valuable employment opportunities for people at
risk of chronic unemployment. It manages eight social enterprises that
employ a total of 161 workers. One of the social enterprises,
Recycle-Action, is a recycling transfer centre which is in the process
of expanding. Recycle-Action provided 22 jobs in 2011 and will offer 12
additional employment opportunities given that it is in a growing
phase. Four of the new employees will be persons with intellectual
disabilities. The grant of $20,000 made it possible to provide 12 weeks
of on the job training for these four new employees.
''Groupe Convex is a network of social businesses providing employment
opportunities for people at risk of unemployment. At the core of our
mandate, we needed to increase the skills of 12 new employees, among
whom, four are living with an intellectual disability," said Caroline
Arcand, Executive Director, Groupe Convex. "Thanks to The Co-operators,
our organization was able to provide them with specific and hands-on,
on-the-job-training, which resulted in securing their employment at
Recycle-Action. I think as a society, we need to think differently
about economy and prosperity. Community economic development is a sound
formula to reinvent job creation and The Co-operators gave us the kind
of help to leverage our mission."
"Groupe Convex makes an enormous impact on the lives of those it works
with directly, and strengthens communities in the Prescott-Russell area
in the process," said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The
Co-operators. "In a truly sustainable, vibrant community, everyone has
a chance to live up to his or her potential. The programs Groupe Convex
offers provide that opportunity to people who otherwise wouldn't have
access to the supports they need. We're proud to lend our support."
This grant was among more than $200,000 disbursed to 11 community
enterprises and initiatives across the country.
The Community Economic Development (CED) Fund was established in 1995 to
commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Co-operators and has since disbursed more than $3.6
million to 88 organizations. The CED Fund is part of The Co-operators
Foundation, which supports social enterprises, co-operatives,
charitable organizations and non-profit organizations throughout
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $38 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers
in Canada. As a proud member and supporter of the co-operative sector,
The Co-operators is pleased to celebrate 2012: The International Year
of Co-operatives. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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