A Vernon agency is still playing a vital role in the community, but now under a new name.
In time for its 25th anniversary, the North Okanagan Employment Enhancement Society has rebranded itself as the NexusBC Community Resource Centre.
“Our new name better describes what we do and better positions us to expand our services,” said Lynn Belsher, executive director.
The organization has focused mainly on employment‐related programs, but more recently, has expanded to add the Volunteer Bureau and the Seniors Information and Resource Bureau.
“Staff at the organization are excited about the new name,” said Belsher.
“The word nexus means connection and simply put, connecting people with resources is what drives us.”
Serving nearly 3,000 seniors annually, NexusBC connects individuals age 50-plus in the North Okanagan with resources for housing, transportation, even help with household tasks such as meal preparation and cleaning.
“We are working to fill a huge need in the community,” said Dayle Drury, seniors services manager.
NexusBC also serves local non‐profit organizations and community events by connecting them with volunteers.
The staff at NexusBC also know how to help jobseekers connect with jobs.
Through two employment programs, participants learn how to find a suitable job, create an effective resume and cover letter, and prepare for a successful interview. Training such as First Aid and FoodSafe is included with these programs.
“Our success rate is excellent,” said Pam Myers, manager of Employment Plus, an initiative for older workers.
“As an added incentive to employers, we have a wage subsidy attached to our programs that can help offset training costs.”
NexusBC also manages the employment centre in Enderby.
The Skills Connect for Immigrants program, now in its fifth year, has helped over 200 recently arrived permanent residents to continue with their profession in Canada.
In addition to the resources provided for jobseekers, seniors, and volunteers, NexusBC
Another new project is Welcoming Communities, which helps make communities more inclusive for new immigrants.
For more information, go to www.nexusbc.ca or stop by the office at 102 3201 30th St.