YES December Newsletter 2010-12-03

Here is the latest YES Newsletter featuring all the workshops, events, and updates for the month of December


YES depends on the support of government and private foundations for some of the funds we need to do our work.  But an increasing proportion of our revenues come from people like you, our supporters, our clients: who understand the difference we make, and the difference you can make in our ability to serve our clients.

 -Over 4000 clients visit YES over 14,000 times a year to benefit from our programs and services.

 - An impressive 89% of our job search clients succeed in economically integrating into Quebec. 

- We assist over 1200 entrepreneurs and help launch over 200 businesses per year. 

- And with YES’ help, over 600 artists are now making a living off their art.
Help us to continue to start successful futures, and to launch many more...
To donate by phone or in person, or for more information on our fundraising efforts, please call Elise Joubert at (514) 878-9788 x 302  or email

Cheques payable to Youth Employment Services. Receipts will be issued for gifts of $10 or more.  Charitable Registration Number: 88872 9050 RR 0001.

*Gifts received or postmarked by December 31st will receive a 2010 tax receipt.

Watch this video commemorating YES’ 15-year anniversary where founders, volunteers and clients
share their memories of YES and reflect on its influence on their lives and careers.


YES is launching their annual Holiday Job Tree Campaign, offering our clients and students a quick, easy and free way to find temporary work during the holiday season. YES has done all of the legwork, all you need to do is visit the YES centre (666 Sherbrooke Street West, 7th floor) and browse through the job postings decorating our holiday tree.
The YES Holiday Tree features a large variety of jobs, from retail and service to administrative. YES also offers free use of their job search resources, workshops and career counselling services to help you secure these jobs.
The YES centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information, you can contact YES Montreal at (514) 878-9788 or stop by the YES centre.

On Monday November 22, 2010, YES and the Quebec Employment Service Providers Roundtable, presented the 8th Annual Quebec Employment Service Providers Conference. The focus was on ‘Job Searching in the 21st Century’ – with an emphasis on the presence and use of social media in today’s job market.

Attendees were treated to an opening keynote by career activist, Mark Swartz and an interactive open discussion moderated by Johanne Houle & Jane Reichman Van Toch. The afternoon portion featured a networking lunch and a presentation by Julie Gobeil who discussed which industries are looking to hire and the types of expertise most in demand.

The closing keynote was given by Lawrence Witt (Heenan Blaikie LLP) as he examined the implications of social media from a legal perspective in today’s world of work.

Mark Swartz at the 8th Quebec Employment Service Providers Conference
Attendees at the 8th Quebec Employment
Service Providers Conference

John Aylen (President, YES), Dave Cool (Program Director,
Centre St-Ambroise),  and Iris Unger (Executive Director, YES)
Attendees at the 8th Quebec Employment
Service Providers Conference

Annalise Iten (Director of Job Search Program, YES), Johanne Houle 
and Jane Reichman Van Toch

Julie Gobeil addresses the audience at the 8th Quebec Employment 
Service Providers Conference

Gregg Blachflord (Director, McGill University CAPS), Iris Unger
and Lawrence Witt (Heenan Blaikie LLP)

Lacy Barry's "'Self-portrait' 2010"
Lacy is a multi-dimensional, multi-platform visual artist & designer working in art direction, prop styling and visual display. Over the past 5 years, Lacy has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Canada, art directing photo-shoots for magazines, styling/creating costumes for feature films & TV productions and setting up store displays and windows for various retail locations.
When relocating to Montreal, for what meant to be a summer visit before departing back to the UK, Lacy learnt about YES through a client and fellow entrepreneur. A little uncertain about where she wanted to take her experience and talent, Lacy was able to make contact with Monika Majewski and Douglas Leahey from YES. With Monika’s consistent art guidance and Douglas’s business advice, Lacy was able to find a union between her business goals and her artistic endeavors. Lacy was chosen to take part in the YES Art Expo in March 2010, which opened up many opportunities including a 1st place spot for The Business Grant for Creative Souls, a YES grant that encouraged a kick-start to her personal career as a professional visual artist & designer based in Montreal.

Quickly becoming internationally known for her artistic language, Lacy thanks Monika and Douglas from YES for being a continued support to keep her vision aligned with her goals.
Lacy says, “YES Montreal gives me the tools I need to develop myself constructively, and advance myself to the potential I knew I always had.”
For more information on Lacy, visit her website at

YES wishes Lacy all the best in her projects.



As a non-profit organization, YES relies on the support of government, corporations, foundations and individuals to provide these programs and services that build a better economy in Quebec.  Please consider a gift to YES today.

Jump Start Your Job Search
(FREE info session)
Tuesdays & Fridays

Jump Start Your Business
(FREE info session)
Grants & Loans Info Session
for Entrepreneurs
(FREE info session)

Jump Start Your Art/Artists Grants & Loans
(FREE Workshop) 
Thursday, Dec 2 (Repeats Dec 16)

Résumé & Cover Letter Writing
(FREE Workshop)
Monday, Dec 6

Cold Calling
(FREE Workshop) 
Monday, Dec 6

Self-Assessment Part 2
(FREE workshop)
Wednesday, Dec 8

Interview Workshop
(FREE Workshop)
Monday, Dec 13

Transferable Skills
(FREE Workshop) 
Thursday, Dec 15

Thank you to our partners, funders and sponsors for their generous support.




The John Dobson Foundation
The Hay Foundation
The Zeller Family Foundation
The Hylcan Foundation

666 Sherbrooke Street West, 7th Floor Montreal, QC H3A 1E7
Tel: 514-878-9788
Fax: 514-878-9850