Trading Up: Students Learn Skills, Attain Work as Insulation Installers

Dustin McGibbon had been working as a mechanic in Fort McMurray for eight years before he decided to move back home to Vernon. Although he’d worked for a restoration company in his hometown before heading to Fort Mac, he found it was like “pulling teeth” to find work upon his return. As a single dad, […]

Charging Ahead: New Business Owner Overcomes the Odds

Before arriving in BC in 2008, Darcy Lacombe did not have a fixed address. He had been incarcerated for a time and spent more than a decade homeless, living on the streets in Calgary. “When I was released from prison, I managed to use the acquired skills that I learned there, such as carpentry, to […]

Multi-community Job Fair Seeks Employers, Sponsors

In the first event of its kind, the communities of Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen and the Splatsin First Nation will host the North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair in March, bringing together employers and job-seekers from across the region. “We’re hoping to see 100 employers join us for this event,” says Sabrina Vergata, administrative assistant, Splatsin […]

For the Love of Dogs: Employ Participants Overcome Challenges, Raise Funds

Growing up on his grandfather’s Westside ranch, Cyprian Louis was more accustomed to the movements of horses and the family’s 12 blue heelers than the small talk of strangers. But he wasn’t just shy around people. He also had anxiety, and as a young adult trying to secure—and keep—a job, Cyprian struggled. “I was really […]

Small Business Week Talks Cannabis, Social Enterprise

Small Business Week is kind of like Pro-D day for business owners, except it only happens once a year, it spans a week, and it covers both timely and timeless topics ranging from cannabis entrepreneurship and cyber security to succession planning and selling your product beyond BC. “We have a real diverse line-up this year, […]

Both Sides Now: How an Employer and Employee Benefit from Wage Subsidy

Blondie’s Parallel Lines spins on the turntable as Becca greets customers and works the espresso machine. Making the perfect Americano —dark and rich with just the right amount of foam— is just one of Becca’s talents as an employee of Record City, a second-hand retail music store that sells records, cassettes, instruments, stereo equipment and […]

Where Good Things Grow

Sonja Peters knows how fulfilling it is to grow something from a simple seed of an idea. She planted seeds and tended plants for years, working for others in the fields of agriculture and horticulture. However, after she moved to rural Lumby to live with her partner, she decided a change was in order. That’s […]

Taking One Step at a Time

Tina Phillips had always been surrounded by music. A pianist, she started playing before her feet could reach the pedals and she ended up becoming an on-demand accompanist and self-employed music teacher. Students would come to her home, where she’d give lessons on the 100-year-old grand piano that sits in her living room. She did […]