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Abbotsford WORKS celebrates opening

Minister of Social Development Dr. Moira Stilwell addressed a full house at Abbotsford WORKS during the official opening ceremonies on Friday, as Rod Santiago (left), executive director of  Abbotsford Community Services Society, looked on. - Kevin Mills
Minister of Social Development Dr. Moira Stilwell addressed a full house at Abbotsford WORKS during the official opening ceremonies on Friday, as Rod Santiago (left), executive director of Abbotsford Community Services Society, looked on.
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Abbotsford WORKS, the new B.C. employment program, celebrated its official opening on Friday.

The organization provides services to assist unemployed individuals to return to work in the shortest time possible, including self-serve employment resources, information on job opportunities, career exploration and job search tools,  workshops, training services, self employment referrals and ongoing follow up.

These services are provided through five different locations in Abbotsford with the main office at #103 – 33255 South Fraser Way.

Guests at the opening included Minister of Social Development Dr. Moira Stilwell, Abbotsford-South MLA John van Dongen, and Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman.

During the ceremony, Stilwell called Abbotsford a culturally diverse city.

“The services provided here reflect that,” she told the capacity crowd.

“The doors to 85 work centres, like this one, opened throughout the province in April and it’s been my honour to be at many of them.”

The centre opened on April 2, with the cooperation of six organizations, each with a long history of providing employment services.

They include Abbotsford Community Services, Agora Employment Essentials Inc, Bowman Employment Services, Triangle Community Resources Inc., Communitas Supportive Care Society and Community Futures South Fraser.

For more information on Abbotsford WORKS call 604-859-4500 or visit abbotsfordworks.com.

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