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Employment Ontario
Government of Ontario
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Government of Canada
Canadian Women’s Foundation
Funded by the Government of Canada
Community Foundations of Canada
Equality Fund
Windsor Essex Community Foundation

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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Riding my bike around Google’s campus and somebody called security on me because they didn’t believe I was an employee. Had to get escorted by two security guards to verify my ID badge 🤦🏾‍♂️

Thank you!!! #LondonWest, thank you to my amazing team, volunteers& everyone who cheered us on! excited to keep moving forward for everyone &making sure that Canadians are supported as finish the fight against Covid. 1/

The WECF along with Sharon and Gary Kelly are pleased to announce the Sharon and Gary Kelly Scholarship Fund established at the WECF!

This scholarship is now OPEN. If you meet the criteria apply online at

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September 10-19, 2021 is Welcoming Week in Canada. Through the week organizations and communities have brought together individuals from all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive communities. ... See MoreSee Less

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WEST is happy to be at the Hello Canada cultural event with many vendors participating. It was great to see past WEST participants who have ventured into entrepreneurship. ... See MoreSee Less

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This week, WEST facilitated a painting activity with our language learners for Welcoming Week 2021.The paintings are beautiful, and the language learners had so much fun!Special thanks to the Teachers Lillian and Brandi for leading this activity! ... See MoreSee Less

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