REPORTING · 14th March 2010
For two days in February, the 20th and the 21st, a Job and Education Fair for the community of Kitimat and especially the now out of work Euorcan Workers took place at the Riverlodge Recreation Centre.
“I’m a Eurocan employee, I was laid off after 32 years of service to the company and after the announcement, the company asked me to take the role of Transition Coordinator to help our employees and a part of my role is to help them find employment opportunities, make sure they go to the employment councilors and make sure they understand what training opportunities there are for them and one of the activities I did was a job fair in November and now I’ve done another job fair. This job fair is not only for jobs and recruitment but it is also an opportunity for them to be exposed to educational institutions,” said Carole Gagnon.
Approximately 300+ people attended on Saturday while Sunday was much slower. Companies from the forest, mining, sawmill and construction industries were present and education, RCMP and employment services were represented as well.
Kristina Van De Walle, Recruitment Manager from Northern Lights College commented they had been receiving plenty of applications since Eurocan announced their closure, particularly in the lines of training for trades or for the oil and gas industry.
Gagnon said she was continuing as transition coordinator operating out of the court house and she will be there until September. She also goes to Terrace once a week on Thursdays. There will be other activities planned to assist the former employees of Eurocan and as well as other people who have lost their jobs.
Constable Mark Taylor stands at his table.
Sherrie Little of Human Resources and Ron Olynyk, Maitenence Manager for Weyerhaeuser.
Vena Hachkevich, Pat Stone, Sue-Ann Norton, Irlanda Price and David Try from North West Community Colledge
Mike Babcock of the Canadian Armed Forces and his display.