Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | January 5, 2016
Business Profile

Top feature photo: Shannon Morrison made sure the Centre's facade has photographs and lists what services are provided.

The Centre is located in the new Mann's Village Square building near Highway 401 at the Mallorytown exit. Also located in the plaza is Sersa Total Track.

Shannon is shown in the gym and workout room. A slogan on the wall behind her reads: "The sky's the limit. Your sky. Your limit." 

The centre is a total 3,700-square-feet in size with the fitness room, treatment and consultation rooms, a yoga studio (photo below) and reception area.

Skyward Active Health Centre 
off to a great start in Mallorytown
MALLORYTOWN - Well-known physiotherapist Shannon Morrison and her new Skyward Active Health Centre, located on County Road 5 just off Highway 401, are off to a great start.
"It progressed rapidly right from the start - it went off like a rocket and surpassed my expectations in the first six months," Shannon said in a recent interview. The new Centre with a staff of 8 offers physiotherapy, massage therapy, personal training, yoga, strength and conditioning, concussion rehabilitation, naturopathy and nutrition. The business, the recipient of the inaugural Ben TeKamp Memorial Award, opened in May 2015.
"It's a whole health centre - not just a place to come to get your arm fixed. Our mission is to be the cornerstone of rehabilitation and exercise in Leeds and Grenville by developing individualized multi-disciplinary treatment programs in addition to providing the community with a place to exercise and improve their overall health," Shannon said.
Her clientele has grown to include new customers from Front of Yonge Township, the 1000 Islands Parkway, Rockport, Lansdowne and Athens. A survey Shannon's team conducted found a significant number are new "drive by" clients attracted to the centre itself. Loyal clients of Shannon and her staff are also in the mix, from Merrickville and other Leeds Grenville communities. Shannon said one local business, Purcell's Freshmart, has noticed increased traffic in the community since Skyward opened.
Shannon brings a long list of experience, including being a physiotherapist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and more recently the 2015 Para Pan Am Games. She founded Podium Sports Therapy and Wellness Centre in Brockville in 2006 and was a partner in the business until she sold it in December 2014. She was excited to start the new operation in Mallorytown when she toured the new Mann's Village Square Commercial Services building. "I think people are very proud to have a business like this in their community," Shannon said, adding people have been very supportive.
To learn more about Skyward Active Health Centre, their services or program scheduling, visit their website or call 613-704-1600.

Employment Services
KEYS Job Centre there to help local businesses grow, build workforce 
GANANOQUE - KEYS Job Centre is starting off the New Year by reminding area employers it has the tools to help you grow your business and build your team's skills.
"We should be the first contact for employers thinking about hiring or training new and existing employees," said KEYS Program Manager Trish McNamara. "Employers worry there is a lot of paperwork but there isn't. We're here to help. If there is something we can do, we will do it."
KEYS, which is funded by the Government of Ontario, has its headquarters in Gananoque with offices in Elgin and Westport within Leeds Grenville. It supports about 600 employers annually with staff recruitment and human resources support, training and business retention strategies. Their coverage area includes Gananoque, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and the Thousand Islands and Westport. 
Employers licensed to operate in Ontario can benefit from apprenticeship incentives, have access to the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG), and financial incentives and grants to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires when they provide job placements. The apprenticeship program has a $1,000 sign-up bonus with another $1,000 six months later and tax advantages of up to $40,000 a year. Through COJG, an employer can be reimbursed two-thirds of the cost of sending an employee for training at an approved college or university. Wage subsidies can include a full-wage subsidy of up to $11.25 per hour. The Centre can also provide participants with job placement requirements, such as uniforms and work boots.
KEYS Job Centre hosts one main job fair in February or March each year. The date will be announced soon. "It gives employers the chance to see the labour force that is out there and saves them time and money," said Trish. The Centre also assists area companies in hosting individual job fairs.
Learn more about KEYS and the services and locations by visiting their website or contact Trish directly at  trishm@keys.ca. 

This is the third in a series featuring local employment service providers for employers and jobseekers in Leeds Grenville. Visit our eNewsletter Archive to read previous articles.

Program Manager Trish McNamara and the KEYS team are ready to help both employers and jobseekers.

The Elgin office, shown above, is located in Guthrie House at 10 Perth Street and is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., hours. 

The new Gananoque location of the KEYS office is at 375 William Street South.  It is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Westport office hours are Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Workshops and Seminars
Free Online Marketing workshop being held in Kemptville  

When: Wednesday, January 20, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Grenville Mutual building, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville
This is part of the BR+E Alliance 2015-2016 Seminar Series: All About Marketing. Learn more or register by visiting our Workshops and Seminars webpage.