Committee Terms of Reference:


The Community Employment Collaboration is an effective forum for addressing complex issues, trends and challenges in the career and employment sector. It builds knowledge and awareness, creating an environment of strategic, high-level planning within an increasingly diverse population. Job seekers benefit from member agency staff who are more connected sharing a strong culture of service excellence as career development practitioners benefit from a coordinated community services approach and the multiple benefits of collaborative approaches. In fact, one of the central tenets of the CEC is the belief that collaboration allows for more visionary and effective solutions to shared community and organizational needs.

The CEC, as an organizational body, is made up of the Advisory Committee and the Management Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee come together to share information concerning the career and employment sector. The committee hopes to influence the sector using this collaborative structure and all its possibilities (please see section 8 for more on the Advisory Committee’s responsibilities and section 9 for more on collaborative practices).


Originally named the Community Career and Employment Partnership Project, the Community Employment Collaboration (CEC) was created in 2008 after eight community partners had established a compelling case for collaboration the year before. The Murphy Centre took the lead on writing and submitting the initial proposal and provides leadership as the host agency to date.

Originally, the CEC was created to bring together the community agencies that were funded under the provincial government department then named Human Resources, Labour, and Employment (now Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills) as a connectivity network; The CEC has since matured into a collaborative structure with a set of shared ideals, goals, and strategies. It’s co-design model is based on the five core conditions of Collective Impact that include the development of a common agenda; using shared measurement to understand progress; building on mutually reinforcing activities; engaging in continuous communications, and establishing backbone support to move the work forward.

Scope of Influence / Jurisdiction

The geographic scope of the committee is career and employment services within the Avalon region of Newfoundland and Labrador. It should be noted, however, that many of the primary partner organizations have a provincial scope and, as a result, although the CEC’s mandate is regional, its reach is provincial.

Composition / Criteria for Membership

The CEC aims to engage career and employment services-related organizations who are interested in the benefits that come from collaboration. The Advisory Committee is generally comprised of individuals in leadership roles (ie. project leads, managers and directors) of community, government, and post-secondary organizations who are delivering career development and employment supports and services. Members have an expertise in areas such as community development, education, career development, housing, and other social services such as justice, policy development and health. Individuals on the committee were invited to represent one of the primary partner organizations.

Primary partners are engaged in all aspects of the collaboration which includes networking events, collaborative teams, community of practice events, capacity-building opportunities, and professional development sessions.  These partners are:

Association for New Canadians Employment

Ches Penney Centre for Hope/ Salvation Army/

Choices for Youth Employment & Social Enterprise

Community Centre Alliance

Dept. of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills / Govt of NL

Employment Options

Easter Seals

Horizon TNL

Student Life / Memorial University

Murphy Centre

Next Steps Employment / John Howard Society 

Single Parents Association of NL

Stella’s Circle Employment and Social Enterprise


Women In Resource Development Corporation

YMCA St. John's

YWCA St. John’s

The CEC Project Coordinator is a participant on the Advisory Committee and is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the committee (please see section 8 for more details on relationships and responsibilities).

Term of Committee Membership

While there is no fixed term for membership on the Advisory Committee, members are expected to make a commitment on a yearly basis. Since membership on this committee is often linked to a formal organizational role, it is hoped that outgoing members assist in the transition by finding their successor.

Orienting New Members

New members to the Advisory Committee will be provided a copy of these Terms of Reference for their review and understanding. The CEC Project Coordinator is responsible for the orientation and onboarding new members. This includes providing the history of the collaboration and relevant documents as well as convening one-on one-meetings if necessary.

When & How We Gather / Meeting Frequency & Format

The Advisory Committee meets once a month and meeting times are coordinated by the Project Coordinator in consultation with members. These meetings are facilitated by the CEC Project Coordinator in the following format:

  1. Welcome Members
  2. Organization Updates (information sharing)
  3. Management Committee Update (including, govt. updates)
  4. Burning Issues Discussion (collaborative challenges)
  5. Opportunities for Partnership (new initiatives)
  6. Other Business

When opportunities are brought forward, each partner agency can make decisions according to their own interest and ability to participate.

Relationships & Responsibilities / Roles & Reporting

The following are the primary tasks of the committee – and how it engages with the other CEC members:

  • Provide a voice and direction that represents the perspective of their agency
  • Build capacity (e.g. through research and planning)
  • Provide innovative solutions
  • Build and leverage partnerships
  • The committee practices collaborative behaviours to meet its shared goals.
  • Sharing resources and information
  • Celebrating each other’s wins
  • Seeking ways to work together
  • Giving credit to those who create original content, innovative solutions, and programs
  • Bringing both relevant information and resources to the Advisory Committee as well as relevant information and resources back to share with their agency
  • Coordinate and link services
  • Advise and influence each other (Please see section 9 for more on collaborative principles)

The CEC Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the committee, the ownership the Advisory Committee rests with itself; It is a collective ownership and a collective responsibility.

The committee acknowledges that member organizations vary greatly.

In terms of the relationships between the various bodies of the CEC (the Advisory Committee and the Management Committee), they each have different yet complimentary functions all supporting the collaborative through working with the CEC staff and host organization.

Collaborative Principles & Community Commitments

Communication – Share agency related information like programming, staffing, and trends at meetings and for circulation in CEC email newsletters and CEC website

Cooperation – Be knowledgeable about CEC core activities like collaborative teams and community of practice activities

Support and encourage staff to participate in the collaboration

Coordination – Participate in shared planning and problem-solving on shared challenges and opportunities

Collaboration – Support evidence informed professional practice through continuous professional development, community-based research and mentorship

Integration –Share resources that benefit the sector so that individuals seeking services have the highest quality supports and services

Build their knowledge about the practice of career development and the profession of Career Development Practitioners.

Benefits of Membership

Advisory Committee members benefit from:

  • Support, expertise, and advice from sector leaders
  • Increased access to information and resources on evidence-based practices
  • Access to a professional network and opportunity to leverage partnerships
  • Increased understanding of trends, challenges, and sector-related issues
  • Ability to identify and advocate for policy related issues
  • Networking between departments and agencies to ensure healthy working relationships
  • Opportunities to participate in regional, provincial and nation initiatives such as community-based research projects
  • Professional development (and other learning opportunities)
  • Streamlined & coordinated communication with government around areas of mutual concern (e.g. funding cycles, programming, changes in staffing, policies, etc.

Who's collaborating:

Glenn Kolonel

Dept. IPG&S

(709) 729- 7704 

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Michelle Blundon

Women In Resource Development Corp.


Jane Coombs

Ches Penney Centre For Hope, Salvation Army

(709) 759-5806

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Sheri Abbot

AXIS Career Services


Hugo McCarthy



Rob McLennan

Stella's Circle


Tim Turner

Murphy Centre

(709)579-6606 or 753-2830

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Lori Ledrew

Office To Advance Women Apprentices

(709) 757-5430

Diego Toledo

Horizon TNL


Michelle Blundon



John Howard Society

(709) 726-9753

Single Parents Association NL


Deanne Howlett

YWCA St. John's

(709) 726-9922

Denise Hooper

Memorial Student LIfe