Job fair has helped community for 16 years

Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

Published in The Herald

January 27th, 2015

Afro-Caribbean Association past-president Jim Ogunnoiki (seated) and Jim Maloway bringing greetings from the province at last year’s Afro-Caribbean Association Job Fair. This year’s fair will be held at Elmwood High School on February 21st.

Many years ago, Jim Ogunnoiki saw people in the community struggling to find work.

He responded by working with his fellow members of the Afro-Caribbean Association to organize a job fair, to help people in the community meet employers and hopefully find a job.

Now serving as the past-president, Jim is proud that the job fair is still running 16 years later. This job fair is a prime example of how members of the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba work to benefit both their members and the wider community. Anyone looking for a job or interested in meeting Winnipeg employers is invited to come and check out this year’s fair at the Elmwood High School gym on Sat., Feb. 21.

I am also happy to report that the association was recently approved for a Community Places Program (CPP) grant up to $10,000, to help them replace the roof of their building on Watt Street. For smaller organizations like the Afro-Caribbean Association, the high cost of roof replacements can be overwhelming — especially when they’re not-for-profit or volunteer-run.

CPP grants are one way that our government helps community organizations like the Afro-Caribbean Association make necessary renovations to their physical space, so that they can continue to serve their community.

The Afro-Caribbean Association’s youth members play an important role in carrying out many of their events. The youth work hard to advertise the job fair by putting up posters throughout the neighbourhood. At the association’s annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner and also at their Mother’s Day Tea, youth help to set up and serve food. When they aren’t busy helping out, they organize their own activities, like going out for a movie night. Their volunteer work helps make the Afro-Caribbean Association’s events successful, but is also a place for them to develop great friendships.

The Afro-Caribbean Association organizes events for families too, so that members of all ages can have fun spending time together. Picnics at Assiniboine Park are the clear favourite when it comes to family outings.

Community groups representing museums, recreation facilities, and child care centres are all eligible to apply for CPP grants. If you want to learn more about the upcoming Job Fair or know of an organization that could benefit from a CPP grant, get in touch with me by calling 204-415-1122 or email me at Jim.Maloway@YourManitoba.ca.