Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 19, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Post-Secondary Graduates in St. Catharines Gain Career-Related Experience

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - Post-secondary graduates will get an opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills through a Career Focus project sponsored by the Government of Canada. Mr. Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Dykstra. "Our government is proud to support projects that offer post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop the skills and gain experience that will help them reach their full potential."

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation will receive $29,994 through the Career Focus program. With this funding, the Foundation will recruit two recent post-secondary graduates to work as an event planner and a public relations officer at its local office.

"This is an exceptional program that provides a great experience in which educated youth can refine their essential business skills," said Mr. Fergie Jenkins, Chairman of the Board. "This program would not exist without the contribution of the Canadian government and the hard work of our interns and volunteers."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Career Focus is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Career Focus program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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The Fergie Jenkins Foundation raises funds and awareness for several organizations, including Special Olympics Canada. Since 1999, the Foundation has helped raise millions of dollars for charities across North America. Between March 29, 2010, and September 24, 2010, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will provide two post-secondary graduates with valuable career-related work experience in the not-for-profit sector as an event planner and a public relations officer. The event planner will supervise the facilitation of all the Foundation's events, while the public relations officer will co-ordinate media relations for all events.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Career Focus program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Skills Link.

Career Focus links highly skilled, post-secondary youth with potential employers who can provide them with career-related work experience and help them acquire advanced employment skills to facilitate their transition into the rapidly changing labour market.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office