Dress for Success: a Big Hit!

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It was cold, it was raining, there were no buses, but clients of AXIS braved the weather and were rewarded on Thursday, November 18 at AXIS’ Dress for Success Social. Clients walked away with bags full-to-the-brim with clothes to protect them against the unmerciful St. John’s weather, and keep them looking sharp at the same time.


Several weeks ago we told you about the generous donations of professional clothing we received thanks to Memorial University’s Kindness Friday. Last week, AXIS was transformed from a career centre to a fabulous shopping destination. Racks of clothes lined the hallways and desks could not been seen for the stacks of clothes. And we certainly weren’t sorry for having to put our paper work on hold, because we had a great time socializing and catching up with our clients.


The team at AXIS is exceedingly grateful to those who came out for the event, as well as to everyone who donated. Much of what was contributed has been given a second life, and many deserving newcomers have added wonderful articles of clothing to their wardrobes, which will help them to take their first steps into the Canadian workforce with confidence.





Dress for Success: An outpouring of generosity from MUN's Kindness Friday

Citizens of the metro area came out in droves on Friday, October 28, and they brought their work clothes with them.


The goal: to Stuff-a-Bus with gently used professional clothing such as blouses, trousers, blazers, shoes, and more.



Kindness Friday is one of many events organized as part of I♥MUNDays. Students and staff of Memorial University, the Confederation Building, the Marine Institute, as well as the general public came out to show just how big their hearts (and closets) are by donating their business wear to clients of AXIS Career Services Division of the Association for New Canadians. Donors were greeted by some very special volunteers including Zach Goudie of CBC, Miss Newfoundland and Labrador: Rebecca Dawe, and Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador: Kora Leigh Russell. Metrobus donated the use of one of their buses for the day, as well as the patience of their driver, Tom, whose smile never faltered despite being asked to pose for picture after picture.

Everyone experiences nervous anticipation before an interview, and the last thing you want to worry about is your clothing. Confidence is a key component of a successful interview, and feeling good about what you’re wearing certainly helps. Immigrants may be especially nervous before an interview because of a lack of familiarity with Canadian customs, and this includes fashion. By donating these clothes to immigrant job seekers, the community is assisting their transition into the Canadian workforce by helping them feel more self-assured.

All the team at AXIS and staff of the Association for New Canadians are exceedingly grateful for the generosity that helped Stuff-a-Bus this Friday. We’ll soon be organizing a 'free shopping spree' for our job seeking clients, so watch for updates in the next few weeks.