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Each year in January the Niagara Workforce Planning Board(NWPB) delivers the Employer One survey. Employer One asks Niagara-based employers to set aside 10 minutes to offer their perspectives on hiring, retirements, and hard-to-fill positions over the previous year. This year, NWPB and Niagara Region Public Health have collaborated to add a new question module on workplace mental health to the survey.

On Saturday, February 23, be a part of the nationwide movement to fight poverty. Join with us as we walk to help the homeless, hungry and hurting across Canada. We have a goal of raising $50,000 to help hurting people in Welland. Will you register today and help us meet that goal?

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is pleased to announce that Niagara Pallet has become Niagara’s 9th certified Living Wage Employer. Niagara Pallet started in 1993 and is owned by the Vrugteveen family. They are a leading manufacturer, seller and recycler of pallets and shipping materials. Their Smithville-based operations are housed in a 23,000 square foot building with an 18,000 square foot addition opening soon. This is the first phase of a significant expansion plan scheduled over the next five years.

You finally got the new electronics you were hoping for over the holidays, so what do you do with the old ones? Donate them to any Niagara Habitat for Humanity ReStore from January 7 through to February 2nd and get a *20% off coupon for your next ReStore purchase!

A map can be invaluable when you’re preparing for a journey, especially one you’ve never taken before. It can help you avoid wrong turns that can cost precious time and cause needless headaches. This common-sense approach to travel also applies to planning your retirement – which itself is quite the journey. Although the word “retirement” may mean something different to everyone, the better the road map, or strategy, the more likely you can live the retirement lifestyle you’ve dreamed of. 

January is the month that inspires us to look forward to new endeavours, embrace family, and commit to attainable goals. The new City of Welland Council is now in the process of planning a municipal budget that will assist Welland residents and business owners in creating their 2019 plan of action. We look forward to creating a smart and resourceful city budget that will support new infrastructure and capitalize on strategic economic development initiatives while continuing to maintain core programs and services.

Second year Business – Sales and Marketing student Lucas Holtvluwer has won a free flight, courtesy of Air Canada, as part of the first round of the three-part Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC), open to all Canadian college and university students. The competition is designed to educate students about the possibilities of sales as a career and the importance of sales as a skill-set. In round one of the competition, students submit a 30-90 second sales video pitch about a topic they’re passionate about.

Christmas tree collection will take place on your regular collection day during the week of Jan. 7 - 11, 2019. Artificial trees are not collected. Use the large item collection service to dispose of artificial trees.

The beginning of the new year has always been a time of reflection. Sometimes we look at the world through children’s eyes and see the toys and presents received. It may be easier to shield ourselves from the harsh realities of hunger and homelessness that surround us. Many of us are privileged to live in safety and prosperity.

Next Weekly Class Sessions start week of Jan 7th!

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