The Diversity at Work Nipissing (DAWN) program is a client-driven, employment-related program provided by Yes Employment Services that strives to meet the needs of newcomers to Canada while assisting the local economy.
"The program assists newcomers to Canada with everything they need to succeed starting with their first Canadian job, all the way to economic stability," says a news release. "The program also works with local employers to create a more inclusive dynamic in their workplace by matching them with qualified employees and providing them with diversity training that outlines ways to successfully onboard and retain Newcomers."
To date, 30 local employers have completed DAWN’s diversity training, with more scheduled in the upcoming months.
“Training such as this is becoming more sought-after, as more businesses strive to be as inclusive and socially conscious as possible," says Souil Larki, DAWN Program Consultant. "Employers who participated in the training feel more equipped to lead inclusive teams and create a more welcoming workplace, in addition to being more culturally aware. We’ve also witnessed employers using the training first hand to make our community more welcoming and inclusive.”
With the increased success of the DAWN program, Yes Employment Services will be hosting its first annual DAWN Summit as part of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Business Week. This event will be entirely virtual, featuring diversity experts such as Dr. Michele Manocchi, Dr. Natalya Brown, Corina Moore, Roger Assiniwe, Dr. Lanyan Chen, and many more.
“We’ve already seen such an incredible response from the community and it is truly inspiring to see North Bay come together to create more safe and inclusive workplaces," states Brett Larabie, Marketing Manager. "This summit is making it possible for the entire community to learn more about diversity from highly respected professionals, completely free of charge and from the comfort of their own home. This is a rare opportunity that I hope everybody takes advantage of!”
The day-long event will consist of a variety of keynote speakers and workshops. The event will also include an employer-only event in the evening that will recognize the successful graduates of the DAWN diversity training, as well as educate employers on available programs and resources that they can benefit from.
Dr. Natalya Brown from Nipissing University, will open the evening by speaking on The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace. This event will take place on October 20, and registration is now open.