#110 - 198 East Island Hwy, Parksville, BC V9P 2H3      Tel. 250.248.3205   Fax. 250.248.4154

Employer of the month

Qualicum Beach Inn (Kingsbridge Management Ltd.) – June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

Kingsbridge Management Ltd. is a Boutique luxury hotel management company whose passion runs deep! Kingsbridge Management will design an innovative and unique approach to business building based on the needs of our partners. Whether that is building your brand from the outset or adjusting the strategy of an existing accommodation, we have the right hotel management services, strategies’ and people in place to accelerate your growth. We are excited to have recently added the Qualicum Beach Inn to our portfolio.

The Qualicum Beach Inn is a world class Oceanside property dedicated to providing exceptional guest experiences. The Inn underwent an extensive renovation in 2015 and now offers guests 32 stylishly updated rooms, most of which are facing the ocean.  We also offer great food in a casual dining experience at the CView Restaurant, a full service restaurant which has a beautiful patio open during the summer months.

How many employees do you have?

As of May 2019, the Qualicum Beach Inn employs 58 associates and we are growing every day! Kingsbridge Management Corporate office consists of 8 corporate leaders.

What do you look for in a new employee?

A great can do and solution oriented attitude first and foremost! Skill sets, educational requirements and experience vary for each role, but the common denominator is candidates who are passionate about making a meaningful contribution in their work. We seek candidates who are willing to go above and beyond in assisting fellow team members and those who genuinely want to make a lasting impression on our guests and who are not afraid of hard work.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

The hospitality industry can be a great fit for students looking for work during the summer months and it can also lead to meaningful, lifelong careers for those passionate about the industry. We would encourage candidates to be open to new learning opportunities and experiences. Show up with a positive attitude and appreciate the fact that if successful, you can work in one of the most beautiful locations on Vancouver Island. There are many lifelong skills that can be acquired through working in the hospitality industry that would serve a candidate well beyond their time with the Qualicum Beach Inn.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes, with high season right around the corner, we are currently recruiting for hostesses, servers, room attendants, a Restaurant Manager and an Executive Chef.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Visit our website at: kingsbridgemanagement.com or send your resume to our Corporate Human Resources Coordinator, Laeticia Haynes at: LHaynes@kingsbridgemanagement.com

Island Crisis Care Society – May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

Our tagline is “support shelter safety” and these three words encapsulate the core of our work. We provide shelter and psychosocial support to Nanaimo and Oceanside residents who need it. We run emergency shelters, a sobering centre, crisis stabilization and assisted living programs, along with supportive recovery and outreach services. The Deloitte Millennial Survey last year (2018) reported that attracting and retaining millennials and Gen Z respondents includes several key factors. The first two were financial rewards and workplace culture. ICCS offers wages on par with or higher than most organizations in our sector, and much of our workforce enjoys the benefits of membership in the BCGEU. But where we really shine is our culture. Long term employees report that the clients they work with and the meaningful aspect of the work is what keeps them engaged and satisfied year after year. While the flavour of our culture differs somewhat from program to program, overall it shares a distinctive bottom line. While fiscal responsibility is important, we also measure our success by how well we contribute to making the world a better place. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that every employee joins our team because of the opportunity the job provides in this regard. Our employees feel like they are making a significant and meaningful contribution to improving the lives of neighbours and community members. They feel that way, because they really are making that difference. At the management level, there is a conscious focus on supporting our front line staff to face the challenges of the job with resiliency and strength. We emphasize empathy and compassion, alongside healthy boundaries and self-care. There is a genuine desire from the Board of Directors to our frontline staff to model therapeutic relationships and integrity. We are always working to secure the resources, partnerships, and expertise necessary to achieve our vision.

How many employees do you have?

As of 01 May 2019 we have 106 employees in Nanaimo and Parksville.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Our biggest category of employees is Support Workers. In Support Workers we look for relevant education that provides the skills and strategies for managing the difficult behaviour that some of our client’s express. We look for a natural temperament marked by empathy and resiliency. We look for integrity, ethical principles, and maturity. We hire from different ages, recognizing that each stage of life has a valuable perspective. We look for “people skills,” a healthy understanding of boundaries, and intelligence. Our most successful employees are ones who have some familiarity with people in crisis, or who have lived experience with mental health and recovery. We look for people who understand trauma and the way that early adverse childhood experiences shape perspectives and behaviour.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Understand the job and what training and resources you need to be successful. In general this involves an understanding of yourself, your triggers, and the things that motivate and discourage you. Are you a good listener? Do you like holding space for people, being present? Are you good at offering empathy?  Those qualities are essential to support work. As are healthy boundaries. If you are interested in one of the other jobs in our society, are you willing to work with the limitations of a non-profit environment? Along with our enviable work culture, goes the challenges of working with tight budgets.  If a position you are applying for says it includes night shifts, spend some time considering if that is something you can really do for an extended period. If you don’t have experience doing front line work, and think you would like it, consider volunteering. We are developing a volunteer training program that offers some opportunities to work alongside frontline staff.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

We will be hiring Support Workers and Outreach Workers in the Oceanside area, as well as advertising for some management level positions. We will also be hiring for similar positions in Nanaimo.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Please visit our website and click on the “Join Us” tab. www.Islandcrisiscaresociety.ca

Canadian Coast Guard – April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

The Canadian Coast Guard is a nationally recognized and world-leading symbol of maritime service and safety. Our iconic red and white ships, hovercrafts and helicopters represent the federal government’s presence along 250,000 kilometers of coastline touching three oceans and the Great Lakes, the longest of any country in the world.

The Canadian Coast Guard is entrusted to deliver valuable programs and services to Canadians. As a Special Operating Agency within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we ensure the safety of all mariners on our waters, protect our marine environment and support economic growth through safe and efficient movement of maritime trade in and out of Canada’s waters.

How many employees do you have?

Canadian Coast Guard currently employs approximately 1250 people in Western Region and 4700 across Canada.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Whether you are willing to learn the maritime way of life, or are already in love with life on the water, we are looking for people who have a passion to help others and who bring innovative ideas, creativity, energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to contribute and influence our path to a brighter future.  Like other organizations, we also require employees to manage our finances, human resources, marine technology infrastructure, and capital projects – among other corporate management responsibilities.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Explore our website at www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca where you’ll find lots of information and videos on various career opportunities with the Canadian Coast Guard. Come see us at career fairs in your area or contact us with your questions. Remember to view www.jobs.gc.ca frequently for new job posters.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes, we anticipate hiring in the next 6 months for various positions including seagoing such as deckhands, cooks and stewards, lightkeepers, shore based trades and administrative positions.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

Interested candidates should apply online at www.jobs.gc.ca

BC Ferries – March 2019

 

 

 

Tell us about your business/organization and what makes you stand out as an employer?

We offer a unique West Coast working environment with diverse challenges and opportunities. Whether your goal is to work behind the scenes, onboard our ships, or within our land based operations, you are a key contributor to the BC Ferries team.

BC Ferries offers an amazing variety of career paths for those just joining the workforce, as well as experienced marine professionals. If you have always envisioned yourself working onboard one our vessels, opportunities in our Catering, Deck and Engineering departments may be of interest. If a shore-based role is more your style, Terminal or Administrative positions are available in many of our locations.

How many employees do you have?

Approximately 5,100 people proudly serve the coastal communities of British Columbia.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Two key pillars are a commitment to safety and a strong interest in providing exceptional customer service. Other qualities we look for are a strong work ethic and the flexibility to work in various departments and/or locations.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work for your organization?

Look at our website and be aware of the qualifications required for certain positions. If there is training required get the training. Be curious, investigative and ask questions.

Do you anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?

Yes we are currently hiring for seasonal positions on the vessels and in the terminals.

What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for your organization?

All applications have to be received online through our career website  https://www.bcferries.com/about/employment/

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#110-198 East Island Hwy,
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Fax. 250.248.4154

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#110-198 East Island Hwy
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
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Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm