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Dress for Success moves its Breakfast Club online

Program is free and designed to help motivate and inspire women to continue their job search
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From left, Linda Reid, executive director for Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie, gives a tour of the Barrie facility to Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi in this file photo. Jessica Owen/BarrieToday

Finding meaningful employment can be difficult, especially during a global pandemic. The long hunt for a job can be hard on one’s confidence and mental health. But you don’t have to go it alone. To continue supporting women in the community with achieving economic independence, Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie is going to be running their pre-employment program, Breakfast Club, virtually.

The Breakfast Club program is free and designed to help motivate and inspire women to continue their job search. The program supports clients as they address any possible obstacles to securing employment. Through the tools and resources they receive, participants are empowered to continue and succeed in their job searches. 

The virtual Breakfast Club sessions will be running live every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 23. They will also be recorded for clients who aren’t able to participate in the live discussion. Any women can participate in Breakfast Club as long as they’re looking for work or are precariously employed. 

Topics covered in the workshops will include goal setting, communication skills, professionalism, confidence, motivation and mental health, interview skills, personal branding, and career stepping stones. The workshops will be led by community partners and volunteers. 

If a woman participates in seven out of the nine workshops, she will receive gift cards for a haircut and groceries. This is in lieu of the makeovers and headshots that are normally done at Breakfast Club, but are not currently possible due to COVID. The clients will also receive two interview outfits from Dress for Success, as well as a dress rehearsal (a mock interview) with a community partner. 

To register for Breakfast Club or for more information, contact program director Samantha at or (705)-333-7200. If you’re working with a referral agency, please have the agency email Samantha the referral for the program. 
To stay up to date on Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie’s news and programs, visit their website ( or follow them on Facebook (, Twitter (@DFSOrilliaBarrie), and Instagram (@dressforsuccessorilliabarrie).