Former Kwalikum Secondary graduate Harrison Houde is set to talk to youth about his journey. (Submitted photo)

Former Kwalikum Secondary graduate Harrison Houde is set to talk to youth about his journey. (Submitted photo)

Career Centre hopes youth can draw inspiration from former Kwalikum grad Harrison Houde

Zoom session with Canadian actor/director set for May 5

Former Kwalikum Secondary graduate Harrison Houde has forged his own path to paid employment.

The 25-year-old actor, producer, writer, director, YouTuber and musician is set to share his experience and inspire others to do the same.

In conjunction with BC Youth Week May 1-7, Career Centre is inviting youth to attend a virtual event with Houde on Wednesday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Participants will Zoom in with Houde, who has been involved in music and film since he was four years old. You may recognize him from television and movie roles in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Some Assembly Required, The Fairly Odd Parents, as host of Finding Stuff Out, or from a number of other productions.

“We thought this would be an interesting way to celebrate,” says Lori Koop, manager of marketing and operations at the Career Centre. “Our young people are engaged in so many different social media platforms — they can hear from someone who has managed to gain over 21,000 YouTube subscribers, over two million views, over a million hits on TikTok and has 30,000 followers in a month.”

READ MORE: Actor/director Harrison Houde of Qualicum Beach debuts new online series ‘Stories of Kindness’

Houde’s ever increasing portfolio includes writing music, composing scores and the start of a production company, Houde Entertainment Inc. He recently produced and directed Stories of Kindness, an interview series created by the WITS Programs Foundation and is currently developing/pitching his first feature length directional debut.

This virtual community event will also include the opportunity for participants to ask questions.

“If you consider yourself youthful or just want to join in, please do,” Koop said. “We are looking forward to being inspired by Harrison’s journey.”

For more information or to register for this event, call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 or refer to the website

The Career Centre is an initiative of the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society (CVIJOBS), a not-for-profit society that provides employment and career-related services to residents of Parksville/Qualicum and surrounding communities.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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