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Many job seekers give up on looking for work during December because they believe that employers are focused on the Holiday Season.


Some experts suggest, however, that this may be just the time to find the job that you are looking for.


If you can't find a position, take advantage of volunteer opportunities in your community - gain experience and participate in the joy of giving!


The team at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre wishes you all the best throughout the Holidays and in the New Year!

Re-Think the Holidays

Three Ways to Make it Meaningful!



This year, avoid buying into commercialization and racking up charge cards.


Try to think of a toy received as a child or a gift that you received last year. Now think of something kind that someone did for you or said to you. Which do you remember? Which is more meaningful?


The holidays are what you choose to make them and they don't have to be commercial.


We have 3 Tips to Help You Make the Holiday Season Meaningful without Breaking the Bank.


Read "Re-Think the Holidays".


Holiday Support

If Needed, Food Banks and Support and are Available throughout the Year and During the Holiday Season.



Feed the Need in Durham provides fresh, nutritious food and non-perishable products to 46 member agencies - emergency food providers (food banks, food pantries, meal programs, soup kitchens and shelters) throughout Durham Region.


If you or someone you know needs help this year, Feed the Need in Durham can help you find a food bank.


The Durham Region Food Resource Directory provides additional information and resources.


Low-Cost Fun!

"December is filled with delightful activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re craving some culture and tradition, or an exciting outdoor adventure."



Durham Tourism lists plenty of low and no-cost activities in their recent "Explore Durham" blog including many New Year's Eve Celebrations throughout the Durham Region - The City of Pickering hosts a free family skate and swim with games and prizes and Oshawa Celebrates 2015 with entertainment, hot chocolate, crafts and free swimming and skating.


The Uxbridge Optimist's Fantasy of Lights has set Elgin Park aglow. Walk or drive through the twinkling lights for a little winter magic - every night until December 31st from 6:00pm - 9:30pm.


To see all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this month, visit the

Durham Tourism Events Calendar.


Job Opportunities

- Driver's Helper

- Payroll Representative

- Millwright

- Catering Coordinator

- Customer Service Clerk

- Farm Labourer

- Junior HR Consultant

- Senior Facility Worker

- Manager, Financial Services

- Warehouse Supervisor

- Automotive Service Technician

- Waitress & Bartender

- Sales Specialist, Plumbing

- Assit. Man, Customer Service

- Driver, Moving Van

- Management Trainee

- Office Administrator

- Clinical Nurse Specialist

- Client Happiness Builder

- Golf Course Positions


Note: The Job Opportunities listed may expire throughout the month.


Please come in to one of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre locations to view many more job postings.


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Developing Resilience

Resiliency skills can be learned and developed and help us adapt to or recover from adversity or significant sources of stress.



In 2012, Dini Petty was the Keynote Speaker at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's 29th Annual General Meeting. She spoke about Self-Esteem and the challenges that we face in life. Hear a segment of her presentation here.


Understanding that job seekers often face a variety of challenges related to unemployment, the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre designed a "Building Resiliency" workshop to help you employ tools and techniques to build resiliency. Ten tips are explored during the workshop including perseverance, perspective and attitude. The workshop was inspired by Dini Petty's presentation.


Hear Maralyn Tassone, Executive Director and Elsii Faria, Marketing/Outreach Specialist (DRUHC) talk with "daytime" host Dena Chiarcossi about unemployment and the connection to self-confidence and self-esteem.