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Hawkesbury, February 8, 2019 – The Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) proudly unveiled today the details surrounding the launch of its second edition of the Job Succession Scholarship. The project, introduced in 2018, represents an investment by the CSEPR of $250 000 over 5 years in the youth of Prescott-Russell, with 10 scholarships being awarded annually. For this second edition, partnerships were renewed with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, and this year, all Prescott-Russell high schools are taking part in the project. In addition, the Centre innovated by seeking the participation of businesses, municipal governments, associations and other organizations by encouraging them to contribute financially in order to increase the number of scholarships available in 2019.

“The scholarship project, launched last year, was a success, thus ensuring the return of eight young graduates to work in our region at the end of their studies,” said Sylvain Labrie, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Employment Services Centre. “During the process, we learned that it’s not rare for young people to modify their plans and change their field of study. Employers’ needs change as well, therefore it is difficult to anticipate and plan for long-term human resources. This, along with other factors such as accelerating retirement, the digital revolution and the evolution of highly skilled jobs, are perpetually changing. These findings prompted us to significantly modify the Job Succession Scholarship model to better adapt to the reality and needs of today,” concluded Labrie.

“For this second year, we found it essential to extend the possibilities of receiving a scholarship to all post-secondary programs that could be considered by a young person and that represents a sought-after occupation in our region,” said Caroline Arcand, Executive Director at the Employment Services Centre. “Whether it’s training in a trade, profession or apprenticeship, occupations such as Personal Support Workers or others are now eligible to receive a scholarship. Grade 12 students must apply for the scholarship within set deadlines and include a confirmation of their acceptance to a post-secondary program. Once all nominations have been received, a selection committee will choose the scholarship recipients based on specific parameters. Following the allocation of the scholarships, and in order to encourage young recipients to come back to work in Prescott-Russell during their summer breaks, they will be eligible to receive an allocation of $500 per summer from their scholarship. The remaining amount of the scholarship will be given to them once they have successfully completed their course of studies and are employed in Prescott-Russell,” added Arcand. “These changes required the withdrawal of the youth-employer pairing component from the scholarship project. We believe that the new formula is more attractive, flexible and beneficial for our young people, and that it ensures a good succession for Prescott-Russell employers in trades and professions in demand. Our innovation doesn’t stop there ! This year, we are also adding to the project, the opportunity for businesses, municipal governments and various local organizations to contribute to the future of Prescott-Russell. To do this, we have developed a sponsorship program inviting businesses and organizations to make a financial contribution to the scholarship fund and receive an interesting promotional package in return. We aim to substantially increase the number of scholarships given to young people, and in doing so, ensure maximum succession for our region. We certainly hope that our business community will respond positively,” concluded Arcand.

For all businesses and organizations requiring more information on the Job Succession Scholarship or who are interested in the Sponsorship program, the CSEPR invites them to contact its Job Developers. For Prescott, contact Murielle Huneault Pilon, at 613.632.0179 or 1.800.668.5950 and for Russell, Émilie Avon, at 613.446.4189.

On the picture (from left to right): Mr. Pierre Leroux, Mayor of Russell, Mrs. Paula Assaly, Mayor of Hawkesbury, Mr. Éric Poulin, Member of the CSEPR Board of directors, Mr. François St-Amour, Mayor of La Nation, Mrs. Caroline Arcand, Executive Director at CSEPR, Mr. Stéphane Sarrazin, Mayor Alfred-Plantagenet, Mr. Marc Pharand, CPA, Deloitte, Mr. Vincent Conti, Scholarship Recepient 2018, Ms Camille LeBlanc, Scholarship Recepient 2018, Mr. Alain Huppé, Valoris, Mr. Sylvain Labrie, Chairman of the Board of Directors for CSEPR, Mr. Norman Riopel, Mayor of Champlain, Mr. Guy Desjardins, Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland. Absent from the picture : Mr. Martin Roy, Executive Assistant to MPP Francis Drouin.


Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) is a not-for-profit corporation with 3 offices serving the vast region of Prescott-Russell. Sole organization dispensing all employment services for the region, it is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Employment Ontario program, as well as the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the Ontario Disability Support Program, and gets funding for the Ontario Works program from the  United Counties of Prescott-Russell as well. The Centre aims to accompany and support all types of clienteles in search of work or reintegrating the workforce, as well as supporting regional employers with their recruitment needs. The Centre offers a complete line of tools and resources to its different clienteles, including several subsidized programs, and through its vocation, contributes in an important way to the region’s economic development.

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Employment Services Centre                             
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613-632-0179, ext. 237                          
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