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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) was developed in 1984 as a response to disproportionately high levels of unemployment among women and the difficulties experienced by women attempting to enter the workforce.

During the course of development, it became apparent that the most disadvantaged women, in terms of training and employment opportunities, were visible minorities. As a result of those findings, a plan was implemented to create a technical and life skills training program specific to the needs of visible minority women residing in Windsor-Essex. WEST, a non-profit corporation and registered charitable organization, is the realization of that initiative.

With funding from Human Resources Development Canada, WEST opened its doors in February 1987, offering unique training opportunities for women from Windsor-Essex and around the globe. Through skills enhancement and volunteer placements, visible minority women have been prepared for entry to employment and have moved closer to achieving the success they desire.

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A message from Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.About the WEST - READY FOR WORK - A CLOTHING EXCHANGE PROGRAM Due to space issues and program space requirements, we have made the difficult decision to put the distribution and collection of clothing available through the Ready For Work – A clothing Exchange Program on a hiatus. We have offered this valuable community service since 2002. For twenty years, we have offered a program giving gently used – clean ‘business-style’ clothing to women in need at no cost. This program started with a simple concept; to share clothing supporting women in need who are attending interviews, starting new jobs and/or have other needs for clothing. The community responded in a big way, the support of the community has been amazing, the Ready for Work – A Clothing Exchange Program began with the generosity and partnership from the members of the Women's Economic Forum (WEF) in 2002, continuing for many years. Anne’s on the Avenue, AM 800 and IXL Cleaners supported this program with an community-wide successful clothing drive for many years. The popularity of the program grew and we benefitted from many clothing drives held by service organizations such as the fine folks at TD, Caesars Windsor, BASF, the AKA Sorority Inc, and many others, women’s groups at local offices and individuals who sought out our program with many donations. Thousands of local women deserving of a hand-up benefitted from this program, Thank you Windsor-Essex. For now, rest assured, we are working with other local community women’s groups and sharing the bounty of the remaining clothing we have to serve others in need; to date, we have partnered with Reseau Femmes, WESUN, Centre d’orientation des Adolescents and continue to liaise with others until all the clothing has found a new home. When the time and space is right, we plan to bring this great program back to benefit women in the community. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Sincerely, Rose Anguiano Hurst, WEST Executive Director ... See MoreSee Less
Each year Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc assists over 3000 women find employment and prepare for the labour market. #WESTofWindsor would not be able to provide this valuable service to the community without partnerships and the support of local Employers and Community Partners. WEST was happy to honour these partnerships with an Employer Appreciation and Networking Breakfast Event. WEST recognizes the sponsorship of @CaesarsWindsor in providing the venue for our event. #WhyNotHer #BreakingBarriers #communityCollaborations #IndustryPartners ... See MoreSee Less
Oh what a night!! We had a marvellous time with the great folks of @black.women.of.forward.action this past Sunday evening. Celebrating a busy year, networking with community and renewing friendships!!#outandabout. #holidaymixer ... See MoreSee Less
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