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Our People

    Meet the Team

    Employment Action’s success is the result of a dedicated team of skilled employment professionals who are ready and eager to support job seekers in their journey to find employment. The team works hard to provide job seekers with the necessary skills and resources to be successful with their search. The Employment Action team members value a collaborative and supportive approach and are committed to continuous improvement.


    Julia Barnett - Director of Support Services

    Julia brings with her over 30 years of both frontline and management experience to ACT’s and EA’s Management team that includes social services work, public health, and community health. Julia integrates a social determinants of health lens to her work. She is committed to her staff team who have multifaceted responsibilities, multiple approaches to problem solving, advocacy for change and care for our service users. Julia also has a strong commitment to anti-oppression, and human rights for all. When not at work Julia loves to bike ride along the shores of Lake Ontario.

    Jason Smith - Employment Consultant

    Jason is a Career Development Practitioner, Employment Specialist, and avid futurist who brings more than eight years of Employment Consultation practice to both jobseekers and employers looking for that right match. Jason has spent his career facilitating social service and ESL programs at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels both in Canada and abroad. Described as someone intent on bringing a healthy balance of business acumen happily combined with just the right amount of fearless contemplation to the practical realities of the labor market, he is not afraid to think outside of traditional patterns. Believing that a healthy and empathetic community is the foundation for a prosperous economy and the collective individuals who maintain it, Jason’s goal is to help improve the lives of those around him. When not dabbling in social media and journalism, he can be found cheering for his beloved Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 

    Nicole Brown - Employment Consultant

    Nicole has over eight years of experience working in the Social Service industry, within a diverse range of nonprofit organizations. With an educational background in Social Work, Nicole has focused her career on contributing to the health outcomes of individuals through access to supportive resources and community participation. Prior to joining Employment ACTion, Nicole worked as the Volunteer Resources Coordinator at ACT, which afforded her the opportunity to work alongside ACT's amazing team of dedicated volunteers and community members. Nicole enjoys working with people to explore their many strengths and ambitions in order to set goals and find meaningful employment.

    Rebal Arrar - Retention Administration Coordinator

    Rebal is a people person and has spent many years studying and working towards improving the lives of marginalized communities. Using his wealth of experience in his work with Employment ACTion, Rebal works on connecting service users, staff, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) employees and managers to ensure the continuous support and the long-term success of our service users. In addition to liaising with ODSP, he aids in the ongoing evaluation of the program. Rebal has a bachelor’s degree in one of the health sciences and is very committed to exceptional customer service and program delivery. His favorite quote is: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.