Stella’s Circle Receives $50,000 Contribution from Atlantic Towing Limited for Employment Training Centre

St. John’s, January 20, 2015 – Stella’s Circle announced today that Atlantic Towing Limited is making a generous gift of $50,000 to support the creation of an Employment Training Centre in St. John’s, NL.

“We are very excited that Atlantic Towing Limited has chosen to support the clients of Stella’s Circle,” said Lisa Browne, CEO of Stella’s Circle.  “This gift will enable our organization to provide enhanced programs and services for adults who are eager to enter the workforce, but lack the necessary skills and resources to be successful in their pursuit of employment.”

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Left to right: Stephen Jewczyk, Chair, Stella’s Circle Board of Directors; Paula Greeley, Program Manager, Stella’s Circle; Sean Leet, General Manager, Atlantic Towing; Lisa Browne, CEO, Stella’s Circle; Wayne Power, Vice President, Atlantic Towing; Mark MacLeod, Chair, Stella Burry Foundation; and Rob McLennan, Director of Employment Services, Stella’s Circle


“Stella’s Circle delivers life-changing programs to so many in the community,” said Wayne Power, Vice President of Atlantic Towing Limited.  “We’re proud to call St. John’s our homeport for our offshore fleet and are very pleased to support the important work of the new Employment Training Centre to grow the potential and build the skills of those eager to go to work.”

Stella’s Circle has been offering employment service programs since 2000. In 2013 the organization made a strategic decision to bring all employment programming together under one roof to provide a more efficient, comprehensive offering and build on the social enterprise model. The organization acquired the old Tooton building on Cabot Street and is currently re-developing the property.

When completed later this year, the new Employment Training Centre will be a one-stop resource for people who are ready to go to work but need the support and skill development strategies that our programs will offer.

“Stella’s Circle is entering a new and exciting era – one that will take the organization to the next level and will enhance our capacity to provide education and training opportunities for participants who are eager to find their way back into the workforce. Together with our community partners, like Atlantic Towing Limited, we are helping people to change their lives” said Ms. Browne.

About Stella’s Circle:
Stella’s Circle is a leading social services, non-profit organization in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization provides services to adults who have experienced mental health issues, lack of education, long periods of unemployment and poverty. They offer residential counseling, housing development, employment preparation and skill development strategies that lead to employment.

About Atlantic Towing Limited:
Atlantic Towing Limited is a J.D. Irving company and operates the largest working fleet of offshore supply vessels in Canada. The Irving organization has been doing business in Newfoundland and Labrador for over 60 years.  Today the organization employs over 1100 people across the province in diverse operations that include trucking, construction, engineering, retail, and offshore marine services. 

Learn more at www.atlantictowing.com

Stella’s Circle Media Contact:
Amy Penney
Senior Fund Development & Communications Manager
(709) 738-0564
a.penney@stellascircle.ca

Atlantic Towing Limited Media Contact:
Mary Keith 
Vice President Communications
J.D. Irving, Limited
506-632-5122
506-650-8209 (cell)
keith.mary@jdirving.com

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