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


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Employer of the month

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre – January 2017


Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, located in beautiful Parksville, British Columbia, is an all-season destination resort offering accommodations, award winning dining, a full service spa and the largest resort conference and meeting facilities north of Victoria.

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

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre has been around over 60 years and continues to grow and change. As an employer we have a huge range of positions and roles available (over 70 different jobs). The biggest factor that makes us stand out is our amazing team… There is a culture of caring and support and most team members feel as though Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre is like a family.

How many employees do you have?

We have 290 Team members.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Smiles, positive ATTITUDE! Job skills for specific roles, reliability, flexibility, passion, good grooming, a willingness to assist others.

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

To watch for job openings on our website and The Career Centre and apply for roles that match your lifestyle. Remember we work weekends, holidays and evenings. Research our requirements before applying and come prepared to an interview.

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

Yes! Cooks, Room Attendants, Estheticians, Front Desk Agents, Spa Co-ordinators, Restaurant & Banquet Servers.

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

Respond by e-mail, with cover letter and resume AND to clearly indicate which job(s) they are interested in at human.resources@tigh-na-mara.com

Arrowsmith Lodge & Cokely Manor – December 2016


Who we are

Arrowsmith Health Care Society is a not-for-profit organization that offers complex care services, assisted living suites, day programming for adults in the community, and respite services for those who live at home.  The original Arrowsmith Lodge was inspired by the community in 1968 when the need was present for a ‘personal care unit’ for seniors in the Parksville area.  Over the years we have assisted hundreds, if not thousands, of Oceanside residents with their care needs and have been fortunate enough to get to know some amazing people along the way.

Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor are operated by the community, for the community.  We reach out to other like-minded organizations in an effort to provide the best services to our elders in Oceanside.  Our mission is “To provide optimum quality care in a home-like setting while fostering links in the community”.  Our values include: putting people first, empowering others, balancing living with safety, innovation, and mutual support.

All of our rooms at Arrowsmith Lodge are subsidized by Island Health and our suites at Cokely Manor are subsidized by both Island Health and BC Housing.

How many employees do we have?

We employ approximately 180 people.  That includes full-time, part-time and casual on call.

What do we look for in a new employee?

We look for people who are good critical thinkers, able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, and have a passion for helping others.  Every person is equally important here, every department has to work with each other as a team in order to make everything run smoothly.

What advice would we give someone who wants to work for our organization?

Be organized.  Bring a cover letter, resume, pertinent documents/certificates and personally drop them off to the appropriate manager at the Lodge.  Be professional in your appearance and presentation.

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

Yes, we hire throughout the year.  All new employees tend to start as a casual employee.  There are numerous positions: housekeeping, laundry, dietary aide, cooks, care aides, registered nurses, licenced practical nurses, and activity aides.

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

Drop off a resume and cover letter at 266B Moilliet Street.  It is always best if you can deliver it to the proper Manager, if they are available.  Tom Patterson – care and nursing.  Stewart McTavish – Housekeeping and Dietary.  Karen Fredlund – Activities.

Catalyst Paper – November 2016


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

At Catalyst Paper, we manufacture diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint and pulp for retailers, publishers and commercial printers. Our operating philosophy is all about personal accountability – each of us being fully accountable for our own behaviours, actions and holding ourselves to a higher standard in both what we do and how we do it. Our operating philosophy stands firm on five key components: safety and environmental stewardship, financial performance, leadership, operational excellence, sales and customer service.

How many employees do you have?

Catalyst employs 2574 employees in Canada and the US, and we are growing!

What do you look for in a new employee?

We prefer to employ members of the local communities in which we operate. The paper industry is challenging, demanding, competitive and rewarding. If you thrive on solving technical challenges, value growth and opportunity, and appreciate living in some of North America’s most spectacular places, Catalyst may be the place for you.

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

Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience to offer, there’s opportunity at Catalyst for innovative thinkers and seasoned experts. If you thrive on solving complex problems and/or have exemplary accomplishments in your field, let us know about it in a cover letter to set yourself apart from other candidates.

We encourage you to visit our Career Centre regularly for new opportunities and to keep your resume as well as contact information up to date. We look forward to working with you to match your talents with a great opportunity.

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

Yes, we anticipate opportunities for entry level labourers, Millwrights and Electricians.

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

Applicants must apply online by visiting our careers page http://www.catalystpaper.com/careers. Here you will find current job postings for our Canadian and US operations located in Richmond, Crofton, Port Alberni, Powell River, Surrey, Biron, Rumford and Dayton. We are also great advocates of LinkedIn, so candidates can access our current openings through our LinkedIn Careers webpage.

JSK Traffic Control Services – October 2016


About us

JSK Traffic Control Services is a traffic management company located on Vancouver Island.

Since 2000, JSK Traffic Control Services has offered quality traffic management services to customers in the Mid Vancouver Island region. JSK provides safe work zones for clients to operate in the public right of way, while giving equal consideration to the public.

All JSK employees are fully trained and qualified by The BCCSA and have experience in different types of work zones. At JSK we are committed to offering an improved level of quality within our industry, marked by consistent and efficient services. Throughout the existence of JSK Traffic Control Services, we have successfully satisfied the most demanding contractor requirements. We aim to provide accurate traffic plans, up to date equipment, signage and experienced, co-operative traffic control personnel. JSK Traffic Control Services will assist in planning and documentation of any temporary traffic diversion for work zones or events.

At JSK Traffic Control Services we believe that TCP training is one of the keys to our ongoing success. We provide on-site training for our employees when they begin their employment with us and we continue to educate our employees as they become more experienced in the industry. We provide private and public training classes, and BCCSA 2-day Program.

As the first step in becoming a TCP in the province of British Columbia, all applicants must complete the BCCSA 2 Day Traffic Control Training Program.

JSK employs more than 60 employees across mid-island.


What do we look for in a new employee?

Self-motivated, safety conscious individuals who can work independently and are serious about safety. Traffic control requires our employees to follow guidelines and regulations.  Employees willing to learn and become a professional, Traffic Control Person (TCP) with availability and flexibility to work on call, as and when needed.

Positive, courteous attitudes – as a TCP you are at the frontline of all construction sites, events and accidents. The ability to remain positive in various circumstances and the ability to avoid altercations with the public is an asset. Mutual respect at work toward co-workers is also a requirement to work with our team.


“New” Traffic Control Person Advice:

Regardless of where you attend your two-day traffic control course or who your instructor is; please hold your personal safety in high regard. Traffic Control is more than catching a few rays of sunshine and flipping a paddle from STOP to SLOW.  Many TCPs have been killed in BC and it is important that everyone knows how to keep themselves safe in this high risk job.

Make sure that your employer trains you to be safe on the roadway, that you have a traffic plan and have completed a complete risk assessment of your site. Always make sure to follow all the steps as shortcuts cost lives.


Hiring Status:

JSK is always hiring, we are currently seeking 10 new employees to train as traffic control personnel and join our team. We have full-time and part-time scheduling between Qualicum and Duncan.  We do train each new employee we hire in a “hands on” environment with the tools necessary to succeed.

All employees must hold a valid BCCSA ticket. Participants can attend a 2 day course to obtain their ticket.  The TCP ticket is valid for 3 years, across the province of BC.



If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to generalresumes@shaw.ca

You may also apply online on our website at: www.jsktraffic.com


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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
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm