CIBC generously presented a $15,000 check to the Drop-In’s Employment Services Training (EST) program. CIBC’s support ensures that hundreds of low-income and homeless Calgarians will have the skills, industry certifications and tools they require to succeed within Alberta’s economy.

The 3-Week EST program is a holistic approach to employment preparation.  It is an intensive program that gives 14 students a month the opportunity to network and work together to achieve success. The four components of the program include Employment Strategies, Life Skills, Computer Training and Industry Certifications. 

Individuals who are unable to attend the 3-Week EST programs are able to complete online Norcat Certifications including Transportation of Dangerous Goods, WHMIS, and Lift Truck among others.

“CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities,” said Venki Raman, District Vice-President, CIBC. “We are proud to support the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre and help empower Calgarians with the skills they need to secure sustainable livelihoods, and ultimately, help them build a better future.”

In 2013, over 6,000 employment certifications were awarded through EST, directly benefiting over 500 individuals.

“CIBC’s generosity not only helps individuals secure meaningful work, it also helps the families these individuals are working hard to support. It makes our great city great for all,” says Debbie Newman, Executive Director, DI. “Thank you CIBC.”