Career Compass

Career Compass: Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Workforce across Essex County

Career Compass is the name of Community Living Essex County’s modernized Employment Service providing direction to job seekers searching for meaningful employment and guiding employers in inclusive hiring. This is achieved by working with both job seekers and business employers to meet these four criteria:

  • have a direct employment contract with the employee
    utilizing our services;
  • pay the employee at least minimum wage;
  • provide a work space where the employee works
    alongside other employees;
  • and provide a work environment where the employee has the opportunity to be engaged in workplace culture.

Meet the Career Compass Employment Team!

Career Compass Team

Left to Right: Tammy Westwood, Lisa Vincent, Derek Roy, Michelle Jones-Rousseau, and Rosa Amicarelli

Customer service is a new focus for Career Compass. Providing exceptional customer service experiences to the job seekers and families we work with, but also to the business employers we work with is our priority.

For job seekers, we take the time to learn about each individual person, ensuring the job match is a perfect fit. Our team is always available to job seekers and their families even after meaningful employment has been found. We continue to check in with anyone receiving our services periodically. Workplaces change, and so do people’s interests. If more job coaching or a career change is needed we can help.

Employers can use us as an extension of their Human Resources Department to provide pre-screened candidates that meet their employment needs. We also understand that no employer wants to fire their employees, which is why that fear is alleviated by our outplacement services: if the employee receiving our services simply is not the right fit – we will find them another place of employment and provide you a new employee better suited to that position.

Rosa Amicarelli

Rosa Amicarelli | Director, Community Living Supports overseeing Career Compass

Rosa has been with Community Living Essex County for 27 years. During that time she has held many positions from part-time, full-time, senior support worker, and for the last 18 years, as Manager of Supports overseeing Accommodation Supports and Respite Supports. Rosa is now Director of Supports, and  focuses on the agency’s Employment Services as well as Supported Independent Living.

To see the growth and accomplishments of the agency’s employment services this past year is a very exciting time for Career Compass. I owe much of this success to the incredible and dedicated team that I am fortunate to work along side with.

Derek Roy

Derek Roy | Manager, Community Living Supports overseeing Career Compass

Derek has been with Community Living Essex County for over 5 years, working as a front line direct support provider and an Administrative Officer. Coordinating such an ambitious project and working alongside the Employment Support Staff is proving to be an exciting and refreshing chapter in his career.

Michelle Jones-Rousseau

Michelle Jones-Rousseau | Employment Support Worker

Michelle has been an agency employee since 1993. She has worked in many different supports, most notably the agency’s Employment Services for over 20 years. Michelle continues to be involved with many different groups in her community providing opportunities to those with an intellectual disability. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Miracle League of Amherstburg and is the co-founder of Essex County Heroes Athletic Club. Michelle was presented the Citizenship Award by The Amherstburg Police in 2010, and The Champion for Accessibility by the OADA in 2015.

Lisa Vincent

Lisa Vincent | Employment Support Worker

Lisa has worked in the disability sector for 22 years, 19 of those as an employee of Community Living Essex County.  Although Lisa is new to Employment Services, her understanding of diversity, equality and inclusion guarantee her success in the role of Employment Specialist. In addition, Lisa is very involved as a facilitator for New Day, a self-advocacy group for people who have an Intellectual Disability.

Tammy Westwood

Tammy Westwood | Employment Support Worker

Tammy has worked for the agency since 1999 in various areas of support. She joined the Career Compass team in the spring of 2015 and is passionate about inclusive employment. Tammy is also the facilitator for jobStart, a pre employment course that launched in January 2016.