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Women in Hamilton Invited to Explore their Employment Goals at OPTIONS Conference

Unemployed and underemployed women are invited to attend the OPTIONS Conference, a two-day symposium geared to women who are interested in exploring their employment options. The OPTIONS Conference takes place on Wednesday, June 24 and Friday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Convention Centre. There is no charge to women who are eligible to attend the conference.

The OPTIONS Conference, now in its ninth year, is funded by Employment Ontario and presented by Perris Training Inc., in partnership with The Centre for Skills Development & Training.

“The Centre for Skills Development & Training exists to help women and men develop and commit to their career goals,” said Kathy Mills, Chief Administrative Officer for The Centre. “We are proud to help deliver OPTIONS, which is designed to help women overcome barriers to employment.”

“Since the first OPTIONS in 2000, we’ve helped more than 1,100 women get on track to rewarding careers,” said Debra Perris, owner of Perris Training. “Women who attended the conference in previous years have reported that they found it helpful in setting and reaching their goals, and developing a better sense of the job market. I know that this year will be just as successful.”

Participants will spend two full days planning their future careers. They will hear from a variety of speakers and presenters and participate in group sessions with career development professionals. A panel of business experts will share their views on what employers expect from their employees, how to implement job search strategies, and how to learn about the labour market.

In addition, women will learn about networking (in person and online), and maintaining work/life balance. The agenda includes a presentation on Building a Working Wardrobe sponsored by Reitmans, Additonelle and Penningtons, and an inspiring talk by motivational speaker and humorist Carole Bertuzzi-Luciani. Approximately 30 community organizations will be staffing display tables, as well as 10 employers representing business sectors, to answer questions from participants.

Online learning tools, developed by the Marrek Group, will be available after the conference for women who want to extend their OPTIONS experience.

Women who are interested in attending must pre-register by calling 905-296-5229. One of the OPTIONS team members will gather information to make sure that OPTIONS is the best choice for them. More information is available at

OPTIONS was established in 2000 as a joint venture by Human Resources Development Canada, Ontario Women’s Directorate, Halton Region, and The Centre for Skills Development & Training. Together with Perris Training, these partners delivered a conference for 150 unemployed and underemployed women. Since 2000, eight OPTIONS conferences have been held in Halton, Peel and Hamilton.

The Centre for Skills Development & Training is a leading provider of quality career and workforce development programs, products and services, specializing in pre-apprenticeship trades and technology, employment services, corporate development services, language skills and academic upgrading. The Centre offers its programs at locations in Burlington, Georgetown, Malton, Milton, Mississauga and Oakville. Visit to learn more.

Established in 1999 and based in Oakville, Ontario, Perris Training is in its 11th year of providing professional and effective consulting and training services to cross-sectoral organizations, and has grown to include a team of nine associates with extensive experience and high-level expertise in the field of employment and career development.

Contact: Maria McDonald, Manager, Communications
The Centre for Skills Development & Training
905-333-3499 ext. 135 |

Contact: Debra Perris
Perris Training Inc.
905-845-1137 |

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