Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development (CAHRD) contact:
Kelvin Lynxleg - Program Supervisor
Heather McCormick - Program Supervisor
Community Services Department contact:
Terry Grey - Community Development and
Recreation Services Coordinator/Aboriginal Services
Tim Fergus - Administrative Coordinator
Community Development and Recreation Services
Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), City of Winnipeg, Aboriginal Single Widow Initiative, Western Economic Diversification of Canada, Province of Manitoba and Winnipeg Foundation.
Over the past several years the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) in partnership with the City of Winnipeg, Community Services Department have implemented five programs aimed at preparing and training Aboriginal youth (29 years of age and under) for employment with the City of Winnipeg in the area of recreation and aquatics.
CAHRD provides training, leadership development and employability skill development to prepare youth for their work placements with the City of Winnipeg. The youth receive mentorship and support to successfully complete the program.
As part of the program mandate participants must be enrolled in school, maintain their grades and have regular attendance. CAHRD also provides support to assist participants with the transition to post-secondary education, training or employment.
Participants in the recreation stream are employed with the City of Winnipeg, Community Services Department. They work seven hours per week at various recreation sites throughout the City of Winnipeg.
Employment opportunities are also obtained for seasonal positions, including Recreation Technician A’s and B’s. These employment opportunities are counted towards seniority with the City of Winnipeg employment structure.
Participants in the aquatics program are trained to work as instructor guards within the City of Winnipeg, Community Services Department.
In addition to their employment and training, program participants commit themselves to volunteer seven hours a week to participate in a variety of personal development and leadership workshops and community development.
For example, First Aid/CPR, Program Planning, Team Building, Gang Awareness, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Conflict Resolution, Resume Writing and Interview Skills, Games and Crafts Workshops, as well as volunteer work in the Aboriginal community.