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February is the month of love and there couldn't be a better time to focus on self-care.


Uemployment can cause stress and, in some cases, lead to emotional difficulties including depression and addiction.


Making a commitment to self-care can help your mental, emotional and physical health.


Self-care is about taking intentional actions to care for your well being.


Self-care can help you boost your confidence and may even help you land the job that you are interested in.


This month, we offer some suggestions and tips to help you take good care of yourself.


Happy Valentine's Day!

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is not a new concept. Since the beginning of time, individuals have managed their health care primarily through self-care.



What exactly does self-care mean? The World Health Organization offers the following definition:


"Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure, etc.), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’


Lifestyle related diseases account for 63% of annual deaths worldwide. That translates into 36 million deaths a year from diseases like cancer, heart attack and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes. That number is expected to increase by 15% in 2020.


Taking good care of ourselves is the best thing that we can do to prevent and manage illness.


Morning Stretches


A few minutes of stretching can help you start your day on a positive note.



Even gentle movements can have tremendous benefits including the development of strength, focus and flexibility.


It takes just minutes a day. Try some simple exercises to get you started! Click here.


Ten Mindful Minutes

Can you think of the last time when you did absolutely nothing for an entire ten minutes?


That means - No Eating, No Walking, No Talking, No Reading, No Texting or Even thinking?



Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe suggests that 10 minutes can have powerful transformative effects that refresh and rejuvenate the mind.


No special props needed - just sit and do nothing.


Hear what Andy has to say about 10 Mindful Minutes.

An Act of Survival

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent.


Caring for myself is an act of survival." - Audre Lorde



Clear the Clutter

Did you know that clutter can have an impact on mental clarity?



If you are feeling stuck, try tackling the clutter in your space. Start small. Dedicate a little time every day to get rid of unwanted items or to sort through bills or paper. Don't forget to recycle!


Goodwill Gesture


In January, Goodwill abruptly closed 16 stores and 10 donation centres in Ontario. Four hundred and thirty people were left out of work.



Mark Wafer, franchise owner of six Tim Horton's locations in Scarborough, reached out to all of Goodwill's former employees, both disabled and non-disabled, for job interviews.


He said that he understands what it is like to be turned down for a job position that you are qualified for because of a disability.


Mark Wafer expressed his commitment to hire people with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions.


Four people have contacted Mark Wafer and two have made appointments for job interviews this week. Read more.


Kathleen Wynne in Whitby

On January 19th, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce hosted an intimate Luncheon with Ontario's Premier, Kathleen Wynne.



In her first official meeting with Whitby Chamber of Commerce Members, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne discussed valuable insights on the future of Ontario.



Left to Right: Whitby Regional Councillor Candidate Elizabeth Roy, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, DRUHC Employment Specialist Michelle Campbell, and DRUHC Senior Manager Sharon Neumann


Job Opportunities

- Railway Labourer

- Clerk

- Customer Service

- Assembler

- Payroll & Benefits Coordinator

- Operations Technologist

- Accounting Bookkeeper

- Project Administrator

- Technical Support Analyst

- Line Cook

- Corporate Compliance Manager

- Truck Driver

- Accounting Clerk

- Administrative Assistant

- Quality Coordinator

- ESL Instructor


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

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Experiencing Snow

Three Syrian siblings took the to the hills to experience tobaganning for the very first time!



The children had never seen snow before arriving in Canada in December 2015. They love it!


A GoPro camera captured their contagious glee and delight as they toboganned at Amour Hill in Peterborough. View the video here.



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