Andrea Topham

New Executive Director – Andrea Topham

Everyone here at ATN Access Inc is excited to welcome Andrea Topham as its new Executive Director. She replaces Vicki Mayer who retired on July 27, 2018 after 28 years of dedicated service.

Andrea has more than 15 years of experience leading teams in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. She holds a Master of Business with a Specialization in Innovation Leadership and is enthusiastic about employing innovation to produce positive community impact.

Most recently, Andrea has been working as the Director of Corporate Services for London and Middlesex Housing Corporation, during which time she acted as a key change agent to develop and implement a forward-thinking strategic plan that shifted the organization’s mission, vision and culture.

Prior to her work in housing she held the position of Director, Finance and Administration with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Andrea currently serves as Board co-chair of Changing Ways and Caring Dads and is passionate about giving back to the community and empowering people.

Welcome Andrea!

YES Program

Register Today for the YES Program

The ATN YES (Youth Employment Strategy) Program combines 5 weeks of in class pre- employment training with 10 weeks of employment placement for a total of 15 weeks. Class pre-employment training consists of 30 hours a week. Each work placement week consists of up to 25 hours per week and participants accepted into the program are paid minimum wage (for the time they attend in class or work at their placement).

To Qualify for the program participant must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 inclusive
  • In need of assistance to overcome barriers to employment and/or have a disability
  • Out of school
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or people who have refugee status
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial territorial legislation and regulation
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits

An Intake session is required before we can establish registration
To book an Intake session call Barb at 519-433-7950 (8:30am – 4:00pm) or email b.williamson@atn.on.ca

For more information on this program please view our YES Program page.

OEVG Store

Registration Open for the Grocery Skills Program

The ATN Grocery Skills Program is a seven week in-class program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function as part of a retail team focusing on the grocery store environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a retail operation to help prepare participants for employment in customer service and grocery store positions.

To Qualify for the program participant must be:

  • In need of assistance to overcome barriers to employment and/or have a disability
  • Out of school
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or people who have refugee status
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial territorial legislation and regulation

An Intake session is required before we can establish registration
To book an Intake session call Barb at 519-433-7950 (8:30am – 4:00pm) or email b.williamson@atn.on.ca

For more information on this program please view our Grocery Skills Program page.

Phil Rutledge

Client Success Story – Phil Rutledge

Phil Rutledge received his first computer training, in IBM mainframe technology, while attending the Business Information Systems program at Fanshawe College in the late 1970’s. He was introduced to Windows in 1997, as a student in ATN’s Introductory Computer Program. Over the years, Phil’s connection with us continued as he regularly returned for job search assistance or to update his resume. In 2011, Phil began to give back to ATN through volunteering. For three years, he assisted clients in the Learning Disabilities Lab as a math and reading tutor.

Phil’s computer skills have come a long way since he learned to use Windows 95 over 20 years ago. Today he is a technology entrepreneur running a business which specializes in converting 8MM and VHS recordings to digital format, then burning the files to DVD, and optionally loading them on a USB memory key. Phil is enthusiastic about his work and how it can help families preserve special moments such as birthdays, vacations, recitals, sporting events, and weddings that were recorded on video cassettes and might otherwise be lost.

If you have something you would like converted, contact Phil at: DigitalizeIt4VHS@gmail.com