Today we live in a world of mass production, over use and waste. Worldwide resources are diminishing at an astoundingly fast rate, and little is being done to help lessen the damaging impacts of overuse. As mass production seems to be growing at an exponential rate, and consumerism is on a rise. The gap between the rich and the poor in many economically sound countries continues to increase. No longer are the faces of poverty limited to the developing parts of the world. Mass poverty and inequalities can be seen in what many like to call the ‘developed’ world’. Yet many in these countries are struggling to develop their personal aspirations, let alone survive.
The Clarendon Trading Company (TCTC) seeks to mediate some of these challenges through the reuse and recycling of quality materials. Through respect and care for our environment we also seek to empower the personal autonomy of the individual as keepers of not only our Earth, but their destiny and the legacy they wish to impart on the world.
TCTC identifies with taking pride in one’s own personal appearance and the power of confidence that it has the ability to inspire. TCTC seeks to allow individuals to utilize the power of personal autonomy to reach success in any endeavor they choose, without pressures and constraints of high prices. The aftermath of this power has an ability to have a very profound effect. Which is one that should be available to all, the rich, poor and the indifferent. With this as one of our key fundamentals TCTC works hard to keep the prices of our quality garments reasonable and affordable for as many as possible.
For the past 47 years Youth Employment Services YES has been helping Toronto’s disadvantaged and marginalized youth find and maintain employment. Our programs and services help youth develop new skills, gain confidence and motivation, identify and pursue their goals, and overcome the challenges that are preventing them from finding and maintaining work and ultimately fulfilling their potential. Of the youth we supported in 2014 through our employment programs, 90% of them achieved a successful outcome (found a job, started their own business, returned to school, or pursued further training).
Since 1978, Working Skills Centre (WSC) has been providing a holistic program to help individuals overcome barriers to employment and move towards economic self-sufficiency. While mandated to serve a broader clientele throughout the greater Toronto area (GTA), our mission statement reflects the emphasis on programs for immigrant women geared towards improving their skills, self-esteem and employment prospects.