#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 – OCTOBER 2023

 

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

Arrowsmith Health Care Society is a not-for-profit health care provider that offers long-term care services, assisted living, and day programming for adults in the community.  We are a unionized employer that offers a comprehensive benefits package, paid sick leave, pension plan and matching wages to the Health Authority pay rates.

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.

Health Care is a growth industry, adding more and more positions, job security and rewarding work conditions in order to help others.

How many employees do you have?

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

What do you 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. We are a 24 hour operator, so need workers around the clock, weekends, and we offer flexible shifts.

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

Yes, we are hiring now!!  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 your organization?

Drop off a resume and cover letter at 266B Moilliet Street.  It is always best if you can deliver it to the Manager responsible in your area of interest, provided they are available.

  • Care: Karen Fredlund
  • Housekeeping and Dietary: Sheila Monaghan
  • Activities: Heidi Barker

Resumes will also be accepted via email to scheduler@arrowsmithlodge.ca

EMPLOYER OF THE MONTH – SEPT 2023

Oceanside Building Learning Together

 

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

OBLT is a charitable not-for-profit society with a dedicated and wonderful volunteer Board of Directors as well as an amazing, creative and dedicated team of employees and volunteers.

We currently provide the following services:

StrongStart BC: We provide a StrongStart program in Qualicum Beach and Parksville as well as an outreach StrongStart program called the ‘Words on Wheels Bus’ (aka WOW Bus).

    • Our Parksville and Qualicum StrongStarts are called Munchkinlands.
    • Storbook Village (located on the grounds of Qualicum Commons) is program that provides an opportunity for us to partner with our local family services and provide fun and imaginative play opportunities for children and their caregivers. Storybook Village is an outdoor child sized village with little buildings to explore and a circuit roadway for bikes/trikes. This program focuses on physical literacy and outdoor fun.
    • StrongStarts are funded by the government of BC.

Arrowview Kids Club Child Care: We have a child care centre located on the grounds of Arrowview Elementary where we provide Group Child Care programs and a School Age Care program.

Technology Learning Centre/ TLC2Go: We provide tech tutoring and tech support programs for seniors. This service is provided via online, in our tech tutoring lab and via outreach.

Saturday Breakfast Club: Saturday Breakfast Club provides an opportunity for families and their children to connect and to enjoy a nutritious meal together. These sessions are held on Saturday mornings. This free program brings together the joy of food, play, stories and song and explores food literacy as well.

Books for Babes:

    • Books for Babes was born in February 2002 and have been delivered to over 3,000 families in Oceanside when they have a newborn. Island Health, Regional District of Nanaimo, Oceanside BLT and community volunteers join together to present a special gift for new parents: a bag lovingly hand-made, with a book or two and community resources inside.  These bags are delivered by Public Health Nurses on their home visit to parents and new babies.
    • Why do we do this? Researchers tell us that a critical time for learning is between birth and 3 years of age. Early quality experiences help to determine how a baby’s brain develops.

What makes OBLT stand out as an employer is our dedication to working with our staff to create a healthy work life balance. We recognize the individual strengths of our employees and work hard to ensure that our employees are valued and honoured for those strengths.  With the many facets of our programs, we are in a unique position as an organization to provide employees with multiple opportunities to develop and create new programs as well as opportunities to enhance our current programs with their unique talents, skills and experience with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality of services we provide to the community.

How many employees do you have?

Fourteen (14)

What do you look for in a new employee?

Patient, fun, kind, flexible, energetic and on a life-long path of learning. We also look for employees who are driven to make a difference in the lives of our community members.

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

Please read our website to gain a solid understanding of all the services we provide.  We place a high value on team work and look for the individual strengths each person brings to the team so a willingness to be flexible and a willingness to let your light shine is important.

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

We are currently hiring for our StrongStart program as well as our Arrowview Kids Club program.  Both positions require an ECE diploma (or certificate) or equivalent.  We are also hiring for our ‘Saturday Breakfast Club’ program

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

  • For our position at Arrowview Kids Club Child Care, contact Elizabeth Nardi, AKC Child Care Manager: enardi@sd69.bc.ca
  • For our StrongStart position, contact Karen Dziedzic, StrongStart Lead Facilitator: kdziedzic@sd69.bc.ca
  • For our Saturday Breakfast Club position, contact Scott Beam, OBLT Manager: sbeam@sd69.bc.ca

 

EMPLOYER OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2023

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

M&N has been in Parksville since 2000 serving the entire Vancouver Island as well as the rest of B.C.   Approximately 90% of our products are made in Canada and primarily made in B.C. We offer a white-glove delivery service and carry Sofas, Recliners, Cabinet Beds, Sofa-Beds, Bedroom Furniture, Adjustable Beds, Mattresses and more. We are a family run business with multiple awards for customer service from the BBB, Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, the Business Examiner as well as many industry awards.

How many employees do you have?

We currently have a team of 8 working together.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We’re looking for employees that are punctual, flexible, reliable, and are team players and someone who is motivated to provide excellent customer service.

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

If someone is interested to work for our organization they should demonstrate they are motivated to improve their skills, to understand the business, and most importantly, are motivated to understand our customers.

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

We do anticipate to hire a management role or training for management position that has some experience in management.  This decision will depend on timing.  Also, there are franchise opportunities available for the right employee.

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

Please come by our location at 291 E Island Highway. Bring your current resume and let’s chat.

EMPLOYER OF THE MONTH – JULY 2023

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

We are a family run business with a flair for unique products and merchandising styles. We have a varied selection of jobs with something for nearly everyone. We have become a well-known tourist destination and a point of interest for our local community making this a fun and interesting place to work! Who wouldn’t want to have goats for co-workers?

How many employees do you have?

Our number of employees varies, fluctuating anywhere from 75 to 250 as required by the season.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We look for employees who are enthusiastic learners, are not afraid of hard work, who thrive in a high volume fast paced environment, have a strong desire to be successful and want to have fun with their co-workers and customers alike.

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

Listen to and follow directions given, be attentive to detail, be committed to the job, be punctual, do not be afraid to ask questions when unsure of something, be friendly and welcoming to our customers and have fun!

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

As an ever-growing business we are always looking to hire good employees. We have a truly diverse business, so we are looking for numerous positions including cooks, clerks, servers, cashiers, bakers, dishwashers, doughnut makers or even goat whisperers.

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

In person with a resume including references or by responding to our posts on websites such as the Career Centre and Indeed.

 

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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