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 Development Corporation (SDC). The event will be held March 11, 2019, at the new Splatsin Centre, and with the date now set, organizers are spreading the word to encourage employers to participate.
“This is a great opportunity for employers to reach out into areas where they maybe don’t have a presence and connect with new talent,” says Vergata.
The employment fair is being organized jointly by SDC , Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, along with support from Nexus BC and Community Futures North Okanagan.
“I’m really thrilled we’re all working together because there are no boundaries when it comes to addressing labour needs in our area, and it’s especially great to be partnering with the Splatsin Community,” says Patti Noonan, executive director, Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.
“There are no boundaries when it comes to addressing labour needs in our area.”
She says the event will be an effective way for employers to create awareness about the kinds of employees they want to attract, whether they’re hiring at the time or not.
“I think most people still appreciate having that one-on-one personal human contact, and it’s a nice chance to meet people outside your usual network,” says Noonan. “Even the businesses who aren’t hiring, we’re encouraging them to participate to help build our business community.”
In addition to employers, fair organizers are also seeking a handful of event sponsors. The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, the Township of Spallumcheen, the City of Armstrong and the Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce have committed to sponsor and help cover costs.
“This is a terrific opportunity for businesses to gain some excellent exposure because we’re anticipating this will be a really well-attended event,” says Jessica Aguilar, membership manager, Enderby & District Chamber of Commerce.
If you are an employer or business sponsor who would like to learn more or save your spot, please reach out to your local chamber in Enderby (250-838-6727) or Armstrong (250-546-8155).