Strictly Business Luncheon Celebrates Local Success Stories



    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - JVS Toronto is celebrating the success of four
individuals and two companies who have broken employment barriers and
succeeded against the odds. On Wednesday, June 3rd at noon at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel, hundreds of businessmen and women will gather to honour this
year's Strictly Business winners. Strictly Business is the annual luncheon for
JVS Toronto.
    Carmen Palma is a 22-year old single mom who dreamed of becoming a car
mechanic. On a whim, she went into the JVS office at the Jane/Finch Mall.
After working on her resume and interview skills, her Job Developer encouraged
her to follow her dream, and set her up with an interview at Active Green &
Ross. Carmen is now employed at Active Green & Ross and loves her job.
    Carla Mae Bayani was determined to become independent and earn her own
salary. With the help of JVS's Path2Work program, which helps individuals with
developmental disabilities, she started work as an intern at Old Navy. Within
a week, she had impressed the management at the store and was offered a paying
job. Success!
    When Veruska and Fabio Mano moved to Toronto from Brazil, they left
behind their jobs, family, home and everything that was familiar to them. They
connected with JVS's Newcomer Employment Services. Their program taught
everything from English pronunciation to networking secrets, which enabled the
young couple to land terrific jobs with Scotiabank and Nestle.
    BMO Financial Group partnered with JVS Toronto to provide both job
training and jobs to individuals with disabilities. Over forty people with
disabilities have been trained and employed locally by BMO Financial Group.
With their commitment to integrating people with disabilities into the
workplace, BMO Financial Group is a model corporation.
    AREA (Architects Rasch Eckler and Associates) has been using JVS
Toronto's Newcomer services for many years. They have brought
internationally-trained architects into their office as interns, and once
qualified, have hired a number of people. In addition, when they are unable to
hire, they work hard to place the interns at other architectural firms.
    These are just a handful of the clients and businesses who have partnered
successfully with JVS Toronto.

    JVS Toronto is a non-profit organization that was founded over 60 years
ago to assist Jewish immigrants in finding employment after World War II.
Today, the organization works with thousands of people from diverse
backgrounds with diverse needs. JVS Toronto helps clients identify their
strengths and goals, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge they need
to succeed in school, work and life. Since 1947, this remarkable organization
has enabled over 500,000 people to fulfill their potential.





For further information:

For further information: or to attend Strictly Business, please contact:
Abby Robins, Director of Communications and Marketing, JVS Toronto, (416)
787-1151 ext. 276 (work), (416) 277-3340 (cell), www.jvstoronto.org

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