Northern Vocational Services, Inc

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About Our Team

Why Us?
Together, our team boasts expertise in social work, employment, developmental services, child and youth work, health promotion, and client advocacy. We are a passionate multi-disciplinary organization that is dedicated to the successful employment of our clients.

Job Development & Job Retention Team

An employment counsellor's primary responsibility is to assist clients who face physical, emotional, psychological, and learning challenges find suitable employment.  This requires thorough understanding of a client's barriers, as well as the needs of the workplace.  Analyzing individual factors such as education, experience, skills, interests, values as well as personal limitations, our Employment Counsellors establish a solid conceptual basis that is tailored to the person’s circumstances, and assist in determining the direction of their job search.

Ivan Giroux, BA – Owner
Northern Vocational Services, Inc. was founded by Ivan Giroux in 1992. Ivan brings more than 25 years of experience in the vocational and employment rehabilitation sector.  A graduate in Sociology from Laurentian University, Ivan brings a unique perspective to the mission based on insightful vocational assessments and extensive study of employers’ requirements. Ivan is fully bilingual.

Jennifer Sailian- Manager of Employment Services 

Jenn completed her degree in psychology at Laurentian University in 2012 and recently graduated with honours from the Social work program at Laurentian University. She comes with a background in child welfare along with experience working with women in conflict with the law and newcomers to Canada. During her work and placement experience Jenn has worked with populations that have mental health or behavioural issues, a history of  substance abuse, and problems with the law. Jenn is passionate about providing support and encouragement to her clients and helping them reach their goals.

Jackie Miller- Retention Consultant

Jackie is a motivated and accomplished individual with a natural leadership talent. She brings with her much knowledge of employment standards and strategic employee development. Her primary focus has been guiding her staff to successfully promote products and services while offering the highest quality of professional customer service. Through her experience recruiting, training, and managing a productive retail team, she is able to  accurately match client skills and abilities to employer expectations. Jackie is compassionate and expertly skilled in encouraging others to successfully achieve their goals.