Local Goodwill—autonomous from GTA operations—says it’s in good shape

Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton is 'financially strong . . . on a path of growth and prosperity,' says CEO

Kevin Smith, CEO of Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton, pictured at one of the organization's donation centres on Wellington Street east of Murphy Rd.

Troubling news that Goodwill Industries in Toronto and area have shuttered its doors and dismissed some 450 unionized workers will not affect Sarnia area locations, which is operated by its own board of directors, says Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton CEO Kevin Smith.

“Goodwill (EKL) remains financially strong and on a path of growth and prosperity,” said Smith in a media release earlier this week.

Smith said the organization channels 85% of its revenues into job creation and placement programs “and by ensuring we operate ethically and responsibly.”

The local organization said it provided services to 5,444 individuals in fiscal year 2014-15, placing 1,656 into work during that time and growing its workforce by almost 9%. Smith said it also saw a 14% increase in donations over the previous year.

Smith said Goodwill EKL is one of only three organizations internationally to have won a “Growing the Business Total Growth Award” from Goodwill Industries International, done so as a result of having a 51.3% increase in total donated goods and retail revenue in 2014.

“We are currently completing a new cycle of strategic planning to help us continue to grow this organization and better serve the communities in which we’re located,” said Smith.

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  • happy gardener

    I am so happy to hear this.So many of our developmentally challenged children rely on this association for social contact and training

  • frostkat

    I drive for LEO and we have several clients that work for Goodwill. It gives them purpose and puts a smile on their faces.