Executive Director As 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”.
Career Counsellor Kristina 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.
Employment Facilitator John 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 Facilitator Betty 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!
Receptionist\Customer Service Representative Judy 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.
Career Counsellor/Workshop Facilitator Laurie loves working with people to identify their career “sweet spot”; the intersection between meaningful work and life. She believes that everyone is a genius in the right context. The key is to know what each person’s particular brand of genius is, and then identify the context in which they can shine! Her objective is to coach individuals towards career success, which meets their goals.
- students and youth visioning the beginning of their career
- individuals who, through illness and/or acquired disability, are seeking new careers
- mature workers who, either by choice or by circumstance, are adjusting their vocational focus
- newcomer and immigrant youth navigating their introduction to the Canadian workplace
- internationally educated professionals transferring their experience into the Canadian context
Volunteer Social Media Administrator Tyanna is a recent addition to the Osborne Village Resource Centre and is excited to share her knowledge and passion of social media with the centre. She is currently studying Marketing Management at the University of Winnipeg. Previously, she attended Carleton University and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Tyanna’s favourite part of social media is the meaningful connections that are formed. She is excited to be able to connect more of the Winnipeg community with the helpful services provided by the Osborne Village Resource Centre.