Recently, Operation Kickstart (OK) CEO Harvey Korman, flew into town to visit with Riaz Mamdani to personally thank him and Strategic Group for the generous and continued support of OK. Located in a Strategic Group building just off of Macleod Trail in Calgary, the non-profit provides training and support to individuals who are seeking employment. OK focuses on teaching skills as well as training on how to use technology and equipment. Many of OK’s clients are new to the country and are not familiar with things that many of us take for granted, such as cell phones, computers and even how to navigate the Internet. Searching Google is a barrier for many of these people, simply because they have never heard of the Internet or even Google.
Inspired by President Kennedy’s well known quote “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life”, OK founder Mr. Gordon Hoffman is working with his team of volunteers to share the philosophy that finding a job today is like fishing. One does not fish in a parking lot. One must go to where the fish are. Yet, even when one gets to the right spot, fish are caught by skill and equipment used, not by accident. OK is supported by Strategic Group to provide the training necessary so that our newcomers to Canada have the skills to find the job that they need.