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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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Wow!!! Congratulations to all the brilliant and hardworking graduates! With skilled trades we are building our country and our community's future. Bravo @WESTofWindsor!

Excited to hear about the great successes at tonight’s @WESTofWindsor Women in Trades Recognition Event

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The #EqualForAll Project, Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. is working to build an inclusive community and empower women, young girls, Two-spirit, and gender-diverse people. The #EqualForAll video was filmed simultaneously with International Women's Day, March 8, 2023, using the theme #EmbraceEquity and features short video clips of WEST participants, staff members and community partners to raise awareness of gender equality. This project is supported by the Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between the Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada and the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.Thanks to WEST participants, staff members and community partners for your support and participation. St. Clair CollegeMatthew House WindsorCaesars WindsorBike Windsor EssexWindsor Essex Community Health CentreMunicipality of LakeshoreWorkforce WindsorEssexWindsor Police ServiceWindsorEssex Community FoundationMona Stonefish Municipality of LeamingtonTD Bank AM800 CKLW/CTV Bell MediaDaniel AllenBulimia Anorexia Nervosa AssociationLana TalbotEvelyn MyrieYMCA of Southwestern OntarioUniversity of WindsorBiz X MagazineMulticultural Council of Windsor-EssexUHC- Hub of Opportunities GreenShield CanadaDr. Felicia Lawal Faria IslamMH100Erie Shores HealthCare Invest WindsorEssexAMICOPaul Davis Restoration - Chesapeake BayWFCU Credit UnionNidaa Ben AyadWindsor-Essex Catholic District School BoardAttache Group ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Evelyn Myrie , recipient of The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award 2023 sponsored by Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre at WEST’s International Women's Day Gala and Journey Towards Success Awards on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023.Evelyn attended W.D. Lowe High School in Windsor, Ontario and later received a BA degree from the University of Windsor. Her life as a community activist started in Windsor when she became involved with the Windsor Black Coalition advocating for equality and justice for Black people. During that time, she also chaired the Visible Minority Women’s Committee organizing conferences and workshops to address issues facing racialized women. She went on to become one of the founding members and the inaugural president of the Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, (WEST). In partnership with WEST, Evelyn continues to make herself available to provide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training to various employers and community partners through our Employment Service department. Recently, Evelyn was the presenter at the Allyship event hosted by WEST for employers and community partners. She played an instrumental role in the development of the region’s first Black History Virtual Museum Project, The Soul of Black Folk; and became a founding member of Elect More Women, a local body which sought to have more women get involved in running for public office.#IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity #whynother ... See MoreSee Less
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