St. John's, NL, June 12, 2014 - Chevron Canada Limited ("Chevron Canada") and Stella's Circle announced today an enhancement of their long-standing partnership. Chevron Canada intends to provide $450,000 over a three-year period (2014-16) which will be used by Stella's Circle to deliver training and employment opportunities to people in need via its CanDo Enterprises Program.
The partnership between these two organizations dates back to 2005 when Chevron Canada made an initial four-year commitment of $100,000 to the organization's training programs. In 2010, the annual funding contribution was increased to $400,000 over a four-year period.
Since 2010, the partnership has focused on the CanDo Enterprises Program, which provides training and paid skill development opportunities for people with a variety of barriers to employment. Flexible, hands-on work experience is offered in a supportive environment using social enterprise strategies to generate business and provide work opportunities for participants.
The Program is designed for adults who have experienced serious mental health issues or have other significant barriers to employment. Participants work a number of hours per week on a variety of group and individual projects depending on their interests and abilities. Individuals are paid for their work, and support and counselling is offered to help participants complete their work and then transition to longer-term employment opportunities with local employers.
"We are very pleased to enhance our already great partnership with Stella's Circle so that more people with various personal challenges can avail of training and employment opportunities" said Mark MacLeod, Vice-President (Atlantic Canada), Chevron Canada.
"Chevron's support of Stella's Circle has really been extraordinary - the cumulative value of their investment in our organization is nearing $1 Million to date and has truly enabled us to create cutting edge programs that are helping adults who might never become employed, find their way into the workforce," adds Gail Thornhill, Executive Director (Acting) of Stella's Circle. "They are a valued partner in our employment strategies, not only because they see and believe in the impact of our work, but also because they take an active role in so many facets of our operations. They have become an integral partner to all aspects of our programming," she added.
Chevron Canada's funding will be used by Stella's Circle to add staff resources to enable an increase in the number of participants in paid employment, engage more employers in short and long-term employment opportunities and develop marketing resources and materials to increase awareness of the many clients working with Stella's Circle programs who would make ideal employees, given the right supports and opportunities.
About Chevron Canada:
Chevron Canada Limited is an indirect subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Since 1938, Chevron Canada has been involved in exploring for, developing, producing and marketing crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Canada. In offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Chevron Canada has significant interests in Hibernia and Hebron, as well as exploration acreage in the Flemish Pass Basin.
About Stella's Circle:
Stella's Circle is a leading social services, non-profit organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization provides services to adults who have experienced mental health issues, lack of education, long periods of unemployment and poverty. They offer residential counselling, housing development, employment preparation and skill development strategies that lead to employment.
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