Goodwill’s decision to close 16 stores in southern Ontario will not impact the London region.
Michelle Quintyn is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes and stresses that each region is operated independently.
“We do align in terms of rights to the trademarks and a number of other membership standards to have rights to be a Goodwill but at the end of the day each regional Goodwill is governed and operated distinctly,” she explains.
“Our Goodwill is very strong financially, we are growing. We’re very much supported by the generosity of donors across our region. We are just expanding right now in a few areas and have been expanding for the past couple of years.”
Quintyn says the decision by Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario is due to a cash flow crisis.
“We are very concerned about what’s happening in Toronto, the employees that are losing their opportunities. We have a past history of a tremendous amount of collaboration so we’re going to do whatever we can. I just hope that donors, shoppers in our community continue to realize that we remain open for business.”
Quintyn is hoping that the Toronto area Goodwill can recover.
More than 400 workers have been left in limbo by the closures.