Our Leader Spotlight | Allissa Jambrovic
Employment Advisor Team Leader, the Employment Help Centre
This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the participants of the ACL+ 2021/22 program. Each week, we will focus on one of our leaders, sharing a little bit about them and what motivates them to explore community leadership in Niagara.
Alissa Jambrovic is the Employment Advisor Team Leader for the Employment Help Centre.
Alissa has been with the EHC since 2011 where she has had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles including Employment Advisor, Youth Job Connection Program Coordinator and most recently Employment Advisor Team Lead. One of Alissa’s favourite parts of her job is working with clients with multiple barriers to employment and assisting them in understanding their potential and planning for their future.
Alissa is a graduate of Western University and George Brown College with a degree in community development and a diploma in career and work counselling.
Outside of her position at the Employment Help Centre Alissa enjoys giving back to the community through volunteering.
Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?
I am motivated to explore civic leadership because community involvement has been something that has been very important to me from a young age. I have been involved as a board member for local non-profits as well as a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters on top of my role as an employment advisor with the Employment Help Centre often taking on a leadership role when working with clients. I am interested in exploring civic leadership so that I can better serve my community as well as the organization I work for and the clients I serve. I am excited about the idea of collaborating and sharing ideas with other leaders within the community.
What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?
I think the biggest issue the Niagara West community is facing is a lack of transportation and affordable housing. I am speaking to more and more clients who can no longer afford their rent or are being asked to move so that their landlords can renovate the property and rent it out for more profit. If the individual has been lucky enough to secure employment they are feeling like they are forced to stay in the Niagara West area for their jobs because it is difficult to get to Niagara West from places like Hamilton and St Catharines where there might be more affordable rental opportunities available.
What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?
I hope to develop and expand on my ability to motivate both clients and coworkers, assist people in managing change, build upon my confidence as a leader within my organization, and become more self-aware and able to understand myself as a leader.
What Is ACL+?
Accelerate Civic Leadership+ is our answer to adapting our flagship Accelerate Civic Leadership (ACL) program for virtual learning.
Designed as a tool to expand the number of individuals who accept leadership roles in business, government, and social organizations to meet future challenges in the region, ACL+ strengthens the bonds within the region. It serves as a retention and engagement tool for our Niagara businesses and non-profits.