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Michele Benson

Michele Benson

Michele has worked with youth-at-risk and persons with social and economic vulnerability, mental health, and/or addiction challenges for over 15 years. She provides program management, pre-employment and life skills training, job development, life coaching and employer engagement services. Michele has worked in social enterprises, residential group homes and family services organizations. She is a graduate of Cambrian College in Sudbury Ontario and is finishing a degree in Social Development at the University of Waterloo.

Michele’s passion is to find what inspires an individual and to build on that inspiration by matching them with the right employment/volunteer connection. “Watching an individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem grow is a reward that keeps me moving forward to find the best solutions and opportunities possible for my clients”. As a Life Skills Coach and an employment developer Michele works closely with clients to prepare them for employment opportunities and life long personal resiliency and success. Says Michele, “Finding what individuals are passionate about is the key to sustainable employment.”

Michele strongly believes in the potential of capacity-building to empower those facing barriers to employment to have greater control over their own future. “I have always believed in the Chinese proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’.”