Edge on Employment

The Edge Program invites youth on a path to career self discovery. Here, you can explore your interests,
build employment skills, develop a plan to begin working and access the support you need to put your
plan into action. Edge clients can choose a one-on-one track or join one of our eleven-week group
programs.

At Edge, we provide youth outreach, mental wellness support, hands-on employment skill building and
job seeking guidance. Our program was created for youth, by youth, and we aim to inspire our clients to
take the lead, challenge themselves, learn, set goals and have lots of fun building great relationships
along the way. Our space in Kentville is designed to feel like a second home, where the coffee is always
on and the fridge and cupboards are stocked.
If you’re considering Edge, the first person you’ll meet is Troy Coldwell, our Youth Life Navigator. Troy
will introduce you to our program, help you decide if it’s the right fit and then support you in removing
any barriers (childcare, transportation, communication, etc.) that may get in the way of your personal
success. Troy also gets outside with us a lot and has enough stuff in his car to survive in the wilderness
for weeks.

Tess Etienne is our Mental Wellness Coordinator. Tess can begin meeting with you one-on-one when
you are ready. She can help you discover, work through and develop strategies for challenges you may
face on your way to success in the program, at work and in life. Tess also leads the stress management
content of our group programs. She’s not your everyday average counsellor and we think you’ll love her.
Nicole Druken is our Learning Facilitator. She leads the group program, which is designed with hands-on
activities to learn about and practise the top nine work skills that employers are looking for. As an Edge
group member, you can expect to have some say in what we do, take the lead on your learning and be a
part of some inspirational projects that give back to our community. Nicole will probably take your
picture a lot. Sorry.

Our Job Developer, Leta Lowthers, is ready to meet with you to polish up that resume, write cover
letters and begin a job search that is led by you, with your likes, passions and goals at the forefront. She
can support you with job interview preparation, help you get the equipment/supplies you may need to
start a new job and guide you in managing your relationship with a new employer. Leta’s an all-star job
agent – if you want it, she can hook you up.
At Edge, we work as a team to support you on your road to employment success. We can’t wait to meet
you.

For more information, reach out! You can email us at info@edgeonemployment.ca, or connect on our Facebook page!

 

Meet The Team

Troy Coldwell
Youth Life Navigator

Tess Etienne
Mental Wellness Coordinator 

Nicole Druken
Learning Facilitator 

Leta Lowthers
Job Developer

Past Edge Season's Memories

Previous Participants Testimonials 

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Now that I've nearly completed the Edge group program, I feel far more ready for a job than I ever did before! After breaking out of my shell, it's become far easier to talk to people and articulate my thoughts and feelings, and I owe it to Edge for helping me gather my confidence and do what I want to do!

The coordinators at the program do an excellent job of motivating you to do whats best for you, not just to conform you to some ludicrous standard.

If you decide to take part in the Edge group program, you'll feel far more prepared and confident in yourself and your future by the time it's over, and you'll have only yourself to thank for it!

- Tristan Cleveland, Edge Season 16

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“When I first heard about EDGE, I wasn’t sure it would be a good fit for what I was looking for career-wise. But I went for it anyway and it was the best addition to my daily life in a long time.

The atmosphere at EDGE is very welcoming and accepting of everyone. The staff does most activities and learning in a really fun and enjoyable way, and they make it very easy to feel like you belong at the space. There is a lot fun outside stuff to do and it is really motivating.”

- Keegan Barr, Season 14, Budding Electrician

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“Before I started Edge, I expected a very serious school environment, but it turned out to be very chill, while still keeping a focus on self improvement and employment.

If you’re considering Edge, you should know it's worth every moment. You’ll learn a lot of useful things, but the best thing, I think, are the people. They are all amazing.

Now that I've nearly completed the group program, I have more confidence in my skills and self. I am looking forward to getting back into the work force.”

- Paul Wood, Marine Biology Enthusiast, Season 16

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“There were people in my life who told me I’d never be able to find a job, but I proved them wrong. Edge helped build my confidence and now I’m working in a job I love.”

- Keely, Season 12