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


Check out our Employer of the Month and Tip of the Month for January 2024!

Employer of the month


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

We are a locally and family owned and operated restaurant originally established in 1983 in Houston, BC and re-established in 2017. We offer a variety of quality comfort foods and thirst quenchers with genuine and kind service in a family friendly environment. We work alongside our team and strive to constantly look at ways to improve, become more efficient and grow in ways of team and brand development.

How many employees do you have?

We currently employ a team of 24 part and full-time employees.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We can teach the skills and provide the tools necessary to succeed but to be a part of our team, it is imperative to have a good attitude and excellent work ethic. No experience is necessary, we look for those who are ready to work hard.

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

Drop by and ask to speak with Jordan or Sherri. We would love the opportunity to meet you.

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

We are always hiring and looking for that special talent to recruit. Whether it’s for a management position, cooking, serving, dishwashing, etc.

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

The best way is to apply in person and ask to speak with Jordan and Sherri, preferably during downtimes, (outside of high revenue periods such as the dinner rush) as we would like the opportunity to meet you. Another great way to apply is by emailing your resume to hjsoceanside@gmail.com.


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 crisis stabilization and assisted living programs along with supportive recovery and outreach services. In addition, our clients have access to our pre-employment and life skills programs. 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 April 2023 we have 138 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 Casual Support Workers in the Oceanside area in the coming months. We’ll also be hiring for a variety of positions in Nanaimo, including Support Workers and several administrative positions.

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


Coombs Country Campground


coombs country campground

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

We think of our group as a team.  It takes team effort to continue the tradition of great customer service and making sure our guests are truly “happy campers.”  The owners and management value the staff and their contribution to the business.  As a result, we make every effort to accommodate, support and train our team.

How many employees do you have?

Currently, we have a fantastic and cohesive team of six people working in different capacities.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Working with us is dynamic as we are a people-centered operation striving to meet the expectations of our guests.  There is never a dull moment.  During the summer season we operate seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day.  Your shift could range from 4 – 8 hours.  We make every effort to accommodate the needs and availability of our staff.  We also look for dependability, honesty and people who like people.

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

Working with us is dynamic.  Each day brings new people, new issues and challenges. There is never a dull moment.  Whether you work in the office, on the operations, housekeeping or security, review the website to learn of our policies and procedures.  Ask questions!  We are very happy to answer any questions and prefer lots or questions to guessing wrong.

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

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to help us fill our summer positions. Two office/store positions, two housekeeping positions, one operations position and one security position.

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

Send resume to:  mgproperties01@gmail.com   If you would like to speak with us, please call, 250-248-9371.  If there is no answer, please leave a message as we return all calls within 24 hours.



2023 Hiring Fair

Each month, the Career Centre features one local employer as the Employer of the Month.  To assist you in preparing for the 2023 Hiring Fair on March 16th, we are including all Hiring Fair employer participants in one convenient list.  Click on the employer name to be directed to their website or the Career Section of their website.

BCCA – Skilled Trades Employment Program

BCEHS – BC Ambulance

BC Infrastructure Benefits

BGC Central Vancouver Island

Bayshore Home Health

Beach Acres Resort

The Beach Club Resort

Berwick Retirement Communities

Black & White Event Rentals

Blooming Lovely Custom Landscaping

Choice Dementia Services

Coastal Community Credit Union

Comfort Keepers

Coombs Country Campground

Excel Career College

BC First Nations Forestry Council

Forward House Community Society

Inclusion Parksville


Island Crisis Care Society

Island Health

Island Health Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Program

Kindred Coast

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Mid Island Co-op

Morningstar Golf Club

North Island College

Nurse Next Door – Nanaimo

Nurse Next Door – Qualicum

Old Country Market

Pickard Construction

Qualicum Beach Café

Quality Foods

RBC Royal Bank

RCMP 9-1-1 Police Dispatch Recruiting

RCMP (Police Officer Positions)

RLC Park Services

Regional District of Nanaimo – Recreation (RDN)

Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf

Riverside Resort & Campground

Roto-Rooter Plumbers

Rotor Maxx Support

Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve

School District 69 (Qualicum)

Society of Organized Services (SOS)

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

Thrive Landscapes Ltd

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Conference Centre

Vancouver Island Rubber Surfacing


Career Centre

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

Mon-Tues 8:30am-4:30pm
Wed 8:30am-6:00pm
Thurs-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

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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