Executive DirectorAs Executive Director at OVRC since the fall of 2011, Keith has a passionate enthusiasm for the work he does. He loves coming to work every day and wants that for each and every client that utilizes OVRC services. His vision is to provide clients with the resources, tools and services to target their job search and find the position that is a “good fit”. Because the world of work has changed significantly Keith is a strong proponent for providing the opportunity for clients to become self-sufficient in their job search.He is always looking at how OVRC can better serve clients. Part of that includes providing workshops that help clients to better navigate the changing labour market. He is proud of the dedication and expertise that OVRC provides clients as evidenced by the fact that clients tell others who are in need of job search support to come to the Centre. This demonstrates to compassion, caring and commitment each OVRC staff person has for clients.His professional background includes working as an employment facilitator, computer instructor, radio announcer, parts and service manager in farm machinery dealership, and as a retail manager-all of which help him to understand and assist clients in their job search journey. He is also an advocate of helping newcomers successfully transition into the Winnipeg workplace culture by providing volunteer opportunities and skills development.
Career CounsellorKristina is a Career Counsellor here at Osborne Village Resource Centre. She has over ten years of experience counselling individuals on post-secondary options and career directions. From assessing an individual’s values and skills in order to reveal strengths inside, to arranging volunteer experience and information interviews, Kristina is energized when it comes to all aspects of career destination.With a fascination for Labour Market Information and tracking Winnipeg job openings, she enjoys navigating through the National Occupation Classification and interpreting career research to clients. With a passion for downtown Winnipeg urban living, community issues, and social justice, Kristina enjoys sharing Winnipeg resources to help individuals in the community successfully achieve professional pride.
Employment FacilitatorJohn has been involved with the Osborne Village Resource Centre since March of 2010 and has recently obtained a full-time position as an Employment Facilitator.John has experience in a number of occupational fields which include Youth Justice Services, under the Child and Family Services Act (Ontario) and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), Educational Assistant with the Lakehead District School Board and Framing for a locally owned and operated construction company. On January 25, 2008 John was involved in an unfortunate work place accident which was significant enough to force him to change careers. This experience inspired John to help others and obtain his Career Coach Certificate from the University of Winnipeg / Winnipeg Transition Centre. John has practiced this new career at a number of places which include YES Canada and ORG Canada and developed a passionate enthusiasm for the work he does here at Osborne Village Resource Centre.John enjoys supporting individuals with resume and cover letter development and ultimately the main reason he wanted to get into this field was to HELP PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK.
Computer Instructor/Employment FacilitatorBetty has been a volunteer with the Centre since 2003 and joined our team officially in 2012. Literally hundreds of our clients have benefited from Betty’s patience and humor while backing up the OVRC’s computer courses and now she brings that experience to the front of the class as the instructor.Her background is writing and communications, and she applies that skill set in finding ‘just the right turn of phrase’ to helping clients create awesome resumes as an employment facilitator when she isn’t teaching. (But really, what teacher ever ISN’T teaching?)Over the years, she’s also been a client of the Centre, doing job search work, having a resume done, taking all of the computer classes, and participating in several of their amazing workshops, so she understands what they offer from the perspective of the client as well as the volunteer.She’s been a member of the OVRC family for a very long time, and is thrilled at the opportunity to do work that she is passionate about with a fantastic group of people. She is the literal example of “do what you love and the money will follow”, and a passionate advocate of volunteering in the field you want to transition into. After all, look what it’s done for her!
Career CounsellorJude has been a career counsellor, workshop and employment facilitator for over seven years. During that time she has worked with a variety of clients ranging from international students and refugees to professors and students straight out of high school. She is passionate in her belief that everyone deserves a job that they enjoy and thrive in. This passion is what fueled her to continually explore different occupations: Jude has worked as a sales clerk, legal secretary, typesetter, book seller, child minder, housekeeper and ophthalmic technician. She has also volunteered with numerous community associations in her journey to find the career that would use her skills and qualities while providing a positive work setting that provides new learning opportunities, challenges and variety.It was by chance that she noticed the Career/Employment Counselling program offered by the Winnipeg Transition Centre in conjunction with the University of Winnipeg. The program gave her the opportunity to use her written and verbal communication skills and work one-on-one with people wanting to make a change. Clients appreciate her compassion, humour and integrity. She has gone on to acquire her Facilitation Skills Certificate. Her workshops are infused with enthusiasm, professionalism and encouragement for people who are learning new skills.Like Keith, Jude also went back to school later in life and took twelve years to finish her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Winnipeg. With a major in English and a minor in Conflict Resolution it is obvious that communication is one of Jude’s top values. She strives to make clients feel comfortable and hopeful whether she is providing career counselling services, or just suggesting a small change to someone working independently in the Centre.
Receptionist\Customer Service RepresentativeJudy started at the Centre January 2, 2012 as our Receptionist\Customer Service Representative. She thoroughly enjoys all aspects of the job as well as getting to know our clients better!In October of 2011, she started taking the Word classes offered at the Centre on Tuesday evenings. She enjoyed the warm and welcoming atmosphere so much that she continued with the Excel classes and that’s how the connection to the centre’s staff began! When the job at the front desk came up she didn’t hesitate to jump at the opportunity to become part of the team at OVRC.Judy comes to the Centre with 17 years of Customer Service experience in the banking industry and a passion for helping people. She brings with her an energy and sense of fun! She loves talking to people and building relationships with her clients. Outside of work she is a busy Mom and volunteer. She is an active volunteer for a charity called the Horse Connection Inc. which is involved in the use of horses to help keep youth connected to their education. Her weekends are full with activities with her family including skating and tobogganing in the winter and trips to the beach in the summer.
Employment FacilitatorLisa is an Employment Facilitator as well as the support person for our computer classes. She has experienced first-hand how the services offered at the Centre can make a big impact to improve the lives of others.She first came to the Osborne Village Resource Centre as a client attending the Targeted Job Search Workshop, followed by career counselling in 2014. It was through these appointments that Lisa discovered a whole new world of possibilities – careers that were achievable, and fulfilled her values of living a compassionate life. She started on her path by becoming a volunteer at the centre, providing clients with assistance in their job search. While working at the centre, she also attended workshops to further develop her skills.Lisa brings a wealth of experience in the customer service industry. Her professional background includes working as a receptionist, sales and catering coordinator, sales manager and server.Lisa is committed to helping empower others and revels watching Osborne Village Resource Centre’s clients improve their lives by finding gainful employment.
Social Media Administrator Al’s career is now about LIKES and SHARES.
Al is a Journalist, Broadcaster, Communicator and Digital Content Creator with over two decades of professional experience. He has done everything from host CBC radio programs. to write speeches for provincial cabinet ministers.
Now his goal is to get as many of you informed and engaged about OVRC’s incredible programming through our social media channels. You can find Al’s work on behalf of OVRC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Linkedin.