Be a change maker – a rewarding career with Community Living Huntsville

A woman with blonde hair, blue shirt, and blue face mask sits outside with a smiling man with grey hair and brown sweater. There are trees in the background.

Jo Anne (left), a Direct Support Professional with Community Living Huntsville, says empowering community members, like Keith, to build good lives drives her passion. Photo by Community Living Huntsville.

Jo Anne Roxborough was ready for a new career filled with purpose.

“After a full life as a travel agent, and that coming to an end just due to the market, I was looking for a new career, one that would pay for a decent lifestyle,” says Roxborough. She contacted a second-career program to help narrow her search. “Having raised a daughter, who has special needs, predisposed me to look at Developmental Services Worker as an option.”

She knew from experience Developmental Services Workers create meaningful change by championing choice and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities, so they can live the lives they choose as respected, included, and contributing community members.

“I feel a deep desire for things to be fair and equal,” she says. “I see Developmental Services as an area where I can make a difference for marginalized people. That, I think, is why I chose it.”

The second-career program offered tuition, textbook, and living expense support during her two-year course, which made a big difference, too. She graduated in 2020.

Roxborough then had her pick of employers across the province, and she chose Community Living Huntsville. She is now a permanent full-time Direct Support Professional with the Supported Living team.

Jo Anne Roxborough

Jo Anne Roxborough. Photo by Community Living Huntsville.

She says she enjoys getting to know the people she supports, building understanding, trust, and confidence, so people feel empowered to make person-directed decisions toward a good life tailored to their needs, interests, and goals. She supports people to explore what they enjoy, keep active and healthy, connect with their community, build relationships, and more.

She says Community Living Huntsville is a great employer, too. Not only does it support people and families in beautiful North Muskoka, it also offers staff ongoing training and professional development, role flexibility, and opportunities for career advancement, in a collaborative team environment where she feels her voice is heard.

Are you looking for an exciting career that matters? Become a change maker in a rewarding career with Community Living Huntsville. The not-for-profit organization supports and advocates alongside more than 300 children and adults, and their families, in North Muskoka.

Visit clhuntsville.ca to view and apply to current career opportunities, and learn about the Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship Program to earn while you learn. Contact Lisa Du-Perre, Human Resources Assistant, at careers@clhuntsville.ca or 705-783-1816 for more information.

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