Spark Employment Services, previously named Sudbury Vocational Resource Centre (SVRC) was established in 1986 to respond to restructuring that was taking place in the mining industry. SVRC rebranded to Spark Employment Services in 2019.
The initiative was called Project 25-44 and was designed to re-integrate males receiving social assistance back into the labour force. As a result of this highly successful program, the organization expanded to provide services in partnership with Federal, Provincial and Regional governments.
Spark Employment Services incorporated in 1986 and has charitable status.
Spark Employment Services Charitable Number 128101615RR0001.
The organization has a Board of Directors that is highly committed to maintaining a productive, warm and friendly environment where employment and training information can be obtained.
The Board of Directors, established the organization's mandate:
- to provide a resource centre to assist unemployed clients to secure employment
- to provide employment counselling and referral to other services and programs
- to network on issues regarding literacy/numeracy
- to provide literacy/numeracy to clients to ensure that the utilization of community programs, services and resources are available to the unemployed
- to enhance their employability
Chantal Makela (she/her)
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 232
"Spark creates the space for you to gain insight and find your purpose."
Adrianna Mrsnik (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 222
"We pride ourselves in offering excellent client services."
Ginette Comeau-Roy (she/her)
Training & Skills Development Manager
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 244
"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. -Zig Ziglar"
Jessica Suban Hamilton (she/her)
Organizational Change Manager
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 227
"Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep one foot on first. -Frederick B. Wilcox"
Stephanie Lagrandeur (she/her)
Marketing and Communication Officer
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 248
"Here at Spark, we strive to help you ignite your potential and find your path to success."
Nathan Werbiski (he/him)
Youth Employment Coach
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 250
"If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. - Michael Jordan"
Lynne Gliebe (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 294
"It is exciting to be part of the Spark family. Together we enjoy many things like organized activities however we are most committed to helping clients achieve their dream!"
Kim Sheppard (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 221
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis"
Mike DeGagné (he/him)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 296
"Here at Spark, we believe that learning is the first step towards a prosperous and successful journey."
Robin Bower (he/him)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 249
Dhwani Bhatia (she/her)
Engagement Specialist/Job Developer
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 286
"Here at Spark, we believe in making dreams reality. Assisting you in every way possible to help you achieve your desired career."
Teresa Kwakwa-Danso (she/her)
Engagement Specialist/Job Developer
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 231
"Personal and professional growth equals empowerment!"
Amanda Vallière (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 235
"Beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. -B.B. King"
Emily Span (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 224
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. -Milton Berle"
Karen Lee (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 287
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen. –Brené Brown"
Pauline Doucette (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 245
"Here at Spark, we are proud to provide you with the highest level of service with compassion, respect and guidance."
Jordin Soucy (she/her)
Phone: 7056712544 ext. 251
"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it. -Brian Tracy"
Board of Directors
"I encourage anyone who is unemployed or underemployed to seek advice and assistance from our highly committed and talented staff. Follow your passion and continue to learn every day to stay relevant in a changing job market."
"The staff at Spark Employment Services are passionate about their work and are truly committed to delivering client centered services. It is their mission to support everyone on their journey to finding meaningful employment opportunities."
"It is a pleasure to support an organization that is constantly seeking opportunities to evolve and grow with the times!"
"I am thrilled to be a Board member and support the organization’s vision towards teamwork, stability and making a difference. It is exciting to be part of an agency that is thriving for change and creating positive future plans. It’s heartwarming to know all clients benefit from our services, short time or long term."
"I hope that when clients leave Spark Employment Services, they have had a positive experience and were able to have more tools in their toolbox than they had when they entered our doors. "Be open to new experiences"