Hundreds of people attended the 2016 Parksville Career Centre’s annual hiring fair. This year, the event is slated for Thursday (April 12) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. — NEWS file photo

Parksville Career Centre hosts hiring fair

Hiring Fair will run Thursday at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre

The Parksville Career Centre wants people to “experience the magic” of its annual hiring fair this year.

The hiring fair has been a success, according to the Career Centre, with last year’s attendance reaching 600 job seekers. The fair will run Thursday (April 12) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.

Staff anticipate a great turn-out with 53 employers participating. Island Health will kick off the day with a session from 10-11:30 a.m. for anyone interested in employment in the health field.

The theme this year is “Experience the Magic.”

“It is so gratifying to witness the connections being made at this event which allows unique one-on-one interaction between employers and job seekers.” said Lori Koop, manager of marketing for the Career Centre. “That’s when the magic happens. I say it every year; it’s my hiring fair mantra.”

Key employers, community partners and education providers scheduled to attend include All Clean 4 You Housekeeping, Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, BC Corrections, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Bayshore Home Health, Beach Club Resort, Bekins Moving and Storage, Berwick Retirement Communities, Boston Pizza, Business Works for Youth, CBI Health Group, Canadian Forces Army Reserve, Catalyst Paper, City of Parksville, Coastal Community Credit Union, Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Villas, CruisePlus, Dairy Queen, Domino’s Pizza, Excel Career College, Footprints Security, Great Canadian Oil Change, Inclusion Parksville, Industry Training Authority, Island Health, Jake’s Roofing, Lefty’s Qualicum Beach, Nordia Inc., Nurse Next Door, Oceanside Village Resort, Oceanside Volunteer Association, Old Country Market, Pacific Shores, Paradise Mini Golf, Pheasant Glen Golf Resort, Port Alberni Association for Community Living, Qualicum Bay Resort, Quality Resort Bayside, RBC Royal Bank, RLC Park Services, Regional District of Nanaimo, Retirement Concepts, Riverside Resort & Campground, School District 69, Society of Organized Services, Sprott Shaw College, STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program), Student Works Painting, Sun Life Financial, Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort, Thrifty Foods, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Tim Hortons, and Tru Spa Institute.

Cheryl Dill, Career Centre executive director, said, “Dress appropriately for the occasion, bring copies of your updated resume and be prepared to impress your next potential employer.”

For more information or to register for the session with Island Health, call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 or refer to the website

— Submitted by the Career Centre

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