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About Us

We are entrenched in collaborative efforts to support a thriving economic climate in Oxford. We invest heavily in skilled worker recruitment, labour force development and strive to address challenges identified within our business community.

Who We Are

Community Employment Services is a not for profit corporation that has been delivering federal, provincial and municipal employment and training programs in our community since 1994. We are entrenched in collaborative efforts to support a thriving economic climate in Oxford. We invest heavily in skilled worker recruitment, labour force development and strive to address challenges identified within our business community. In addition, through our “Community Development Fund”, we actively nurture and support strategies that enrich the holistic well-being of our community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create opportunities, via programs and support, for the empowerment of individuals to become effective contributors in society. This mandate is achieved by adhering to our operating principles which include: working with community partners to ensure the needs of the community.

Who we serve

  • Job Seekers

    Job Seekers

    Youth – 16 to 29 years of age, out of school & not returning to school full-time.
    Students – Students, who are looking for part time or summer employment
    Adults – Individuals over 29 years old

  • Newcomers to Canada

    Newcomers to Canada

    New Immigrants to Canada requiring settlement assistance to successfully integrate in Oxford.

  • The Business Community

    The Business Community

    We work with all employers in our community to support the development of a skilled and responsive workforce now and into the future to ensure their economic vitality. Through our various programming streams, significant resources and financial supports may be available to hire and train labour.

Quality Service Standards

Services that respond to those in need and to strive towards the development of community that abounds with opportunities for all members to achieve their potential. The organization, through its various streams of service, provides support to the members.


We aim to greet you within 5 minutes and direct you to the appropriate department. At that time, you will be advised of the waiting period for your next point of contact. We aim to see you at your scheduled appointment time. If you are unable to attend your appointment on time, please be prepared to reschedule. To respond to your needs as quickly as possible, we aim to introduce you to alternative sources of information, support and referral to other community service providers as required.


Service hours for in-person and telephone assistance in Woodstock are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday and Wednesday evenings until 7:00 pm.


We will approach clients with openness, flexibility, fairness, integrity, courtesy, discretion and empathy. We aim to explain our processes in a clear and understandable manner. We welcome your comments regarding services.


We aim to provide you with staff who offer timely, accurate and up to date information and service. When unable to answer your inquiry, we will redirect you to the most appropriate resource. We will respect the interests of clients and staff alike when dealing with financial and confidential issues.

Our Ten Privacy Principles

We have always been and will continue to be committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of any information you provide to us. As part of this commitment, we are using the Ten Privacy Principles to govern our actions as they relate to the use of customer information.

Community Employment Services invites you to review the principles, which have been built upon the values set by the Canadian Standards Association’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information and Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.



Community Employment Services is responsible for maintaining and protecting the customer information under its control. In fulfilling this mandate, we have designated an individual who is accountable for our compliance with the Ten Privacy Principles.


Identifying Purposes

The purpose for which customer information is collected shall be identified before or at the time the information is collected.



The knowledge and consent of the customer are required for the collection, use or disclosure of customer information except where required or permitted by law.


Limited Collection

The customer information collected must be limited to those details necessary for the purposes identified by us. Information must be collected by fair and lawful means.


Limited Use, Disclosure and Retention

Customer information may only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which it was collected unless the customer has otherwise consented, or when it is required or permitted by law. Customer information may only be retained for the period of time required to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected.



Customer information must be maintained in as accurate, complete and up-to-date form as is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it is to be used.


Safeguarding Customer Information

Customer information must be protected by security safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity level of the information.



Community Employment Services is required to make information available to customers concerning the policies and practices that apply to the management of their information.


Customer Access

Upon request, a customer shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of their information and shall be given access to it. Customers may verify the accuracy and completeness of their information and may request that it be amended, if appropriate.


Handling Customer Complaints and Suggestions

Customers may direct any questions or enquiries with respect to the privacy principles outlined above or about our practices by contacting the designated person accountable for privacy through our contact page.

Meet the Team

Community Employment Services of Oxford County is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the local community.

Community Employment Services operates within a Policy Governance model. This means the Board plays a leadership role, focusing on the big picture and visions for the future; the board of directors do not involve themselves in the day to day operational and administrative details. The Board is responsible for directing and protecting the organization in the interests of the community. It encourages a diversity of viewpoints and clearly distinguishes board and staff roles.

The key areas of governance responsibility include the following:

  • Determination of the mission, vision, and values
  • Strategic planning
  • Corporate policies development
  • Compliance with legislation and policy
  • Assurance that adequate resources are available
  • Assurance that proper financial controls are in place
  • Advocacy for responsive legislation, policy and resources pertaining to the purpose of Community Employment Services

2017 - 2018 Board of Directors

President: Jim Harrison
Vice President: Anne MacDonald
Treasurer: Mike McCann
Secretary: Darlene Gregory
Board Members:
Jim Farrel
David Hilderley
David Darby
Jill Demers
Joyce David

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please use contact us.

Jeff Surridge CEO
519.539.8161 x224
Julie Matheson Program Director
519.539.8161 x231
Kim Hart Operations Manager
519.485.6088 x122
Natalie Surridge Program Director
519.539.8161 x291
Amanda Watkins Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x296
Amy Thompson Employment Consultant
519.539.8161 x223
Brianne Barnim Administrative Assistant
519.539.8161 x307
Cairn Lamont Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x227
Dawn Ellis Employment Consultant
519.539.8161 x230
Jeanette Johnstone Employment and Career Consultant
519.863.6611 x101
Jennifer Bonas-Kelly Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x235
Karen Oldroyd Settlement Coordinator
519.539.8161 x233
Kari Feick Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x225
Kristin Kostis Administrative Assistant
519.539.8161 x222
Lee-Anne Root Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x286
Lindsay Fekete Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x298
Lisa Acchione Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x267
Lisa McReynolds Employment Consultant
519.539.8161 x289
Lorraine Standish Administrative Assistant
519.539.8161 x222
Marie Hutchison-Edwards Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x232
Mary Dallan Administrative Assistant
519.539.8161 x243
Peter Standish Employment Consultant
519.539.8161 x294
Sarah Gee Administrative Assistant
519.485.6088 x121
Stephanie White Employment and Career Consultant
519.485.6088 x123
Sue Jay Settlement Counsellor
519.539.8161 x285
Tina Bell Employment and Career Consultant
519.539.8161 x238

Looking to work with us?

Employment Community Employment Services encourages people who are interested in working for our organization to monitor this website for postings as they come open. We are not actively recruiting for any internal position at this time.
Volunteer Volunteers play a very important role in Community Employment Services delivery of programs and services. There are unlimited volunteer opportunities available, the agency will make every attempt to find a volunteer role that is suitable to the amount of time you have, your interests and your talents and skills. Volunteer
Students Community Employment Services offers placements to students from a variety of college and university programs each year. We encourage post-secondary students who wish to complete an educational placement with us to email us. Email Us
Community Employment services welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
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This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Peer Connections

A drop-in style program designed to meet like-minded individuals who could benefit from peer support through their job loss, job search or career transition process. Take the opportunity to connect over a coffee while networking, supporting and encouraging others. Take advantage of optional one-on-one guidance and assistance with an Employment Consultant.