At Dress for Success Ottawa our mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
A registered Canadian charity, Dress for Success Ottawa is one of over 140 affiliates of Dress for Success Worldwide and one of eleven in Canada.
Working with over 90 local not-for-profit and charitable organizations, which act as referral agencies. Dress for Success Ottawa has “suited” over 1,500 women in the Ottawa area since 2011 and is on course to serve 1,000 women this year alone. The vast majority of the women served by Dress for Success Ottawa are marginalized women looking to re-enter, or enter, the Canadian workforce, many are single mothers, victims of abuse, new Canadians or of aboriginal decent.
Dress for Success Ottawa offer 3 programs to our clients to assist in the transition to the workforce:
Suiting - Each client is paired with a personal wardrobe consultant who assists in finding up to two perfect interview-ready outfits. Once the client successfully secures employment she can return to Dress for Success Ottawa and receive up to a week's worth of professional clothing to start her career with.
For clients who have upcoming court appearances, we also offer court suitings where clients will receive up to two professional outfits.
Dress Rehearsal - To help clients prepare for job interviews, we provide them with the opportunity to participate in a real life interview simulation through our Dress Rehearsal program. These mock interviews are held in the workplace of an HR professional. Our clients learn first-hand what employers are looking for, how to make a great first impression, and how to answer interview questions. Their increased confidence maximizes their chances of finding a job.
Professional Women's Group - PWG promotes professional development, employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill-building information. The PWG includes:
- A free, full-day professional development conference – coming in September 2016!
- Workshops in the community at the request of our agency partners. We’ll bring our most popular “First Impressions” workshop directly to your clients. This workshop focuses on how to create a great first impression and strengthening key skills to capitalize on those few precious moments of a first meeting.
- Professional Networking.
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