Lu­bica Halam­ova is dressed for suc­cess thanks to or­ga­ni­za­tion

The Beacon Herald - - LIFE -

A few years ago, the 54-year-old lost her job, her hus­band left the coun­try to take care of his sick mother in Slo­vakia and Halam­ova stayed in Canada with her two chil­dren — one was still in col­lege, and other one had just fin­ished univer­sity and was look­ing for a job. Feel­ing com­pletely lost, she was re­ferred to the Dress for Suc­cess suit­ing pro­gram by an em­ploy­ment ser­vice provider. “Vis­it­ing the Dress for Suc­cess bou­tique was one of the best shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences of my life. The staff was very warm and friendly and their vol­un­teers went out of their way to help me choose ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories. I felt like a queen,” she says. Within two weeks, she landed a job as an In­for­ma­tion Spe­cial­ist and also re­gained her con­fi­dence. “It as a huge mile­stone in my ca­reer,” says Halam­ova, who also joined the Pro­fes­sional Women Group (PWG), and has since taken a va­ri­ety of work­shops or­ga­nized by PWG, in­clud­ing man­ag­ing fi­nances, ef­fec­tive public speak­ing, net­work­ing, and pro­fes­sional appearance. Halam­ova now works as an Em­ploy­ment Con­sul­tant at ACCES Em­ploy­ment and she is cur­rently fa­cil­i­tat­ing a two-week Job Search Work­shop pro­gram for new­com­ers who need a lot of sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to be­come suc­cess­ful in Canada.

How you can help

Gen­tly used cloth­ing gives women a brand new start. Dress for Suc­cess re­lies on in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions of busi­ness at­tire and ac­ces­sories to make clients look and feel their best. Find a chap­ter to do­nate to by checking out dress­for­suc­cess.org.

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