ABOUT US

At OFE, our mission is to equip individuals to achieve greater independence
by pursuing and maintaining meaningful employment.

OUR HISTORY

OFE is a faith-based not-for-profit corporation providing employment assistance services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our earliest roots started in 1996 after Art and Leona DeFehr returned home to Winnipeg from a trip to the U.S. While there, they had become aware of America Works, an organization that uses an incentive-based business model to help low income people find jobs. Interested to know if this model could be replicated in Manitoba, the DeFehrs gave some promotional material about America Works to Garry Loewen, then the head of MCC Manitoba’s Employment Concerns program. With help from Eden Heath Care Services, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC Manitoba) and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA – Winnipeg Chapter), and through a contract with the Manitoba Government for a two-year pilot project, Opportunities for Employment Inc. was born.

Now over 20 years later, more than 20,000 people in Winnipeg have found employment as a result of OFE’s work. OFE continues to grow and diversify to meet the changing needs of the Winnipeg labour market and the demographics of Winnipeg job seekers.

As a leader in research and innovation in the employment development field, OFE continues to pioneer entrepreneurial and incentive-based approaches to employment services, resulting in increased employment rates, growth and productivity in our local economy, reduced reliance on social supports and lower costs to the Manitoba government.

OFE is a faith-based not-for-profit corporation providing employment assistance services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our earliest roots started in 1996 after Art and Leona DeFehr returned home to Winnipeg from a trip to the U.S. While there, they had become aware of America Works, an organization that uses an incentive-based business model to help low income people find jobs. Interested to know if this model could be replicated in Manitoba, the DeFehrs gave some promotional material about America Works to Garry Loewen, then the head of MCC Manitoba’s Employment Concerns program. With help from Eden Heath Care Services, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC Manitoba) and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA – Winnipeg Chapter), and through a contract with the Manitoba Government for a two-year pilot project, Opportunities for Employment Inc. was born.

Now over 20 years later, more than 20,000 people in Winnipeg have found employment as a result of OFE’s work. OFE continues to grow and diversify to meet the changing needs of the Winnipeg labour market and the demographics of Winnipeg job seekers.

As a leader in research and innovation in the employment development field, OFE continues to pioneer entrepreneurial and incentive-based approaches to employment services, resulting in increased employment rates, growth and productivity in our local economy, reduced reliance on social supports and lower costs to the Manitoba government.

OUR VALUES

We have a diverse team of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who share basic humanitarian
values. They include respect, compassion, inclusiveness, humility, empathy, love, honesty, and a sense of
justice and equality. Most importantly, OFE staff members have the desire to serve others and be a part
of making their lives better.

We have a diverse team of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who share basic humanitarian
values. They include respect, compassion, inclusiveness, humility, empathy, love, honesty, and a sense of
justice and equality. Most importantly, OFE staff members have the desire to serve others and be a part
of making their lives better.

Achieving excellence - every time
Deliver more than asked for, early, and always
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Embracing change - today
Be creative, open minded and an intentional influencer of positive change
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Improving expertise - first
Constantly strive to improve personally and professionally, growth is a by-product
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Doing more with less - continually
Be frugal when possible, conservative where necessary and grateful for everything
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Valuing relationships - always
Invite others in, respect the contributions of other' people and treat others with care
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Inspiring joy - every day
Smile often, laugh frequently and find real joy in both work and life
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Being passionate - constantly
Do all that we do with a higher calling in mind because, life change matters
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Being humble - daily
Realize and acknowledge our source, each day and always
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Achieving excellence - every time
Deliver more than asked for, early, and always
Click Here
Embracing change - today
Be creative, open minded and an intentional influencer of positive change
Click Here
Improving expertise - first
Constantly strive to improve personally and professionally, growth is a by-product
Click Here
Doing more with less - continually
Be frugal when possible, conservative where necessary and grateful for everything
Click Here
Valuing relationships - always
Invite others in, respect the contributions of other' people and treat others with care
Click Here
Inspiring joy - every day
Smile often, laugh frequently and find real joy in both work and life
Click Here
Being passionate - constantly
Do all that we do with a higher calling in mind because, life change matters
Click Here
Being humble - daily
Realize and acknowledge our source, each day and always
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Doug Lochhead, President/Board Chair
President, Granite Financial Group Inc.

Dan Enns, Treasurer
Partner, Penner & Enns Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.

Ab Freig, Vice Chair
President, Activ Tec Environmental Canada

Mark Toews, Director
Lawyer, Deely, Fabbri, Sellent Law Corporation

Trudy Turner, Secretary
Realtor, RE/MAX Performance Realty

Helga Berger, Director
Berger Consulting

Shawn Mahoney, Non-voting Director
Executive Director, Opportunities for Employment

Phil Trudeau, Director
Staff Sergeant, Winnipeg Police Service

Klaus Lahr, Director
Ret. CEO and President, RBC Convention Centre

Bonnie Emerson, Director
Community Advocate, Inspector, Winnipeg Police Service

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Doug Lochhead, President/Board Chair
President, Granite Financial Group Inc.

Dan Enns, Treasurer
Partner, Penner & Enns Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.

Ab Freig, Vice Chair
President, Activ Tec Environmental Canada

Mark Toews, Director
Lawyer, Deely, Fabbri, Sellent Law Corporation

Trudy Turner, Secretary
Realtor, RE/MAX Performance Realty

Helga Berger, Director
Berger Consulting

Shawn Mahoney, Non-voting Director
Executive Director, Opportunities for Employment

Phil Trudeau, Director
Staff Sergeant, Winnipeg Police Service

Klaus Lahr
Ret. CEO and President, RBC Convention Centre

Bonnie Emerson
Community Advocate, Inspector, Winnipeg Police Service

OUR PARTNERS

Financial Support:

The Government of Canada
The Manitoba Government
The United Way of Winnipeg
IG Wealth Management
Assiniboine Credit Union

Donations:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Goldeyes
The United Way of Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Police Service
The Clothes Closet
Moores Clothing for Men
Hubb Insurance
Payworks

Gifts-in-kind:

The United Way of Winnipeg