New Research & Marketing Assistants Join WDB Team

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) welcomes Meara Cleverdon & Gillian Steven to the team on Monday, June 7th for eight weeks under the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Meara Cleverdon will be taking on the role of Research Assistant and Gillian Steven will take on the role of Marketing Assistant.

“We are excited to welcome Meara and Gillian to the team,” said CEO Jennifer Lamantia. “Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, we are able to provide practical work experience and mentorship opportunities for our new team members.”

In her role as Research Assistant, Meara will work with Sean Dooley, Labour Market Information Analyst, to support the research activities related to our Local Labour Market Planning report.  These include compiling data and connecting with employers and community stakeholders to complete consultations to inform the report. She will also engage in data analysis activities including supporting responses to our Labour Market Information Help Desk service.

“I’m looking forward to joining the WDB team,” says Meara. “This is an amazing opportunity to gain experience in my field of study and to learn from experts in the area of Business and Economics.”

Meara is currently studying Economics at Queen’s University where she has made the Dean’s List. In addition to her strong communication skills, she has taken many courses such as statistics, micro and macroeconomics, as well as econometrics/calculus that have prepared her to succeed in the Research Assistant role. 

In her role as Marketing Assistant, Gillian will work with Rachel Brown, Community Development and Communications Coordinator, to support many marketing activities including producing and proofreading communications materials such as writing social posts, creating content for WDB’s monthly Community Connections newsletter and providing support on a number of marketing-related projects.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to assist,” says Gillian. “Excited to learn from the WDB team this summer.”

Gillian is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Joint Honours Degree in Political Science and Communications. She is very interested in mediation and will be continuing her studies in this area in the fall. Gillian has worked locally during the summers in a variety of positions where she was able to utilize her strong customer service and marketing skills including social media, creation of promotional materials and event planning.

Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization serving Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.  Founded in 1996, WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities.

For more information, visit or call 705-749-3250 (toll-free 1-800-340-0111).

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