Access Work Service (AWS) is a non-profit organization that provides temporary employment opportunities to Clients (persons with barriers to employment) by connecting them with an employer.

AWS is governed by a volunteer board of directors who work dilegently for free in order to make the organization successful. The office and placement of clients is managed by a Program Coordinator. All information is confidential, and we are pleased to answer any questions you have.

Providing employment services to people who qualify for our program – Access Work Service matches employee strengths with employer needs. As an employment & temporary work service, we work with a diverse group, representing a range of compensating strengths and abilities.


Mission Statement

Access Work Service improves the employment outcomes of those who experience barriers to the workplace. We do this by providing research, education, training, and temporary job opportunities.


Vision Statement

That everyone in our community has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of employment.



Access Work Service started as an innovation project funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services in 2008.

Inspiration from its founder, Ilda Furtado, developed and fostered an idea to promote work opportunities beyond those typically found in rural communities.

On April 15, 2011, Access Work Service incorporated as a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors. The founding board members of Access Work Service are: Jim Mahaffy, Karen Richardson, Jo-Anne Pacquette, and David Archer.

In September, 2011, AWS moved into an office at the Opeongo Seniors Centre, meeting the needs of staff and the board. Access Work Service operates in three locations: Barry’s Bay, Bancroft and Renfrew County.

Historically, Access Work Service was started to fill the needs of job creation in rural settings, and the need for supported employment in developing a paid labour force of disabled individuals. Our mandate now includes serving the unemployed who face a variety of challenges and barriers to employment.

A key component in the success of AWS has been the establishment of a temporary work force, and providing various services to the community for those who appreciate the help. Services range from lawn maintenance, home, and office cleaning, to providing temporary relief to employers and their business needs. In turn, Access Work Service provides jobs to those in the community who face challenges and barriers to employment.

With continued community support and participation, the future for rural work creation remains positive.