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

Employer of the month

SD69 Qualicum

School District 69 – September 2016

School District No. 69 Qualicum administrative office is Located in Parksville at 100 East Jensen Avenue, PO Box 430.

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

School District 69 has developed a Strategic Plan that supports the desire to build a work environment in which employees are actively engaged and work together as a team building student success.  The employer cares deeply about the results of their work as they seek to access and use credible information to develop plans, measure progress and make informed decisions.  They work to create new learning environments that will feed their students’ curiosity, engage their interest, and prepare them for success as adults.

As people are the most valuable asset in the organization, the employer plays an active role in cultivating employee engagement, thereby attracting and retaining talented staff.  The District recognizes the importance of learning development events and opportunities as a focus for all levels of staff and has helped to provide a number of in-district professional learning opportunities.

The District believes the role parents and the broader community play in their students’ educational experience is foundational to the work of best meeting the needs of their learners.  The District is committed to fostering open and honest communication that helps to create strong partnerships between home, school and the broader community.

How many employees do you have?

School District 69 currently employees 612 people.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Ambitious – willing to go the extra mile to achieve goals
Cultural fit – eg:  employee that welcomes feedback is efficient as a team player and will work well in a workplace with team culture
Reliable – takes responsibilities seriously
Detail oriented – takes pride in their work
Autonomous – manages time and executes tasks quickly and productively
Committed/Passionate – enjoying the journey while pursuing the end-goal.

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

Find out what the required abilities and qualifications are for the position that you are interested in and make sure that you meet all the requirements.  Regularly check the sites where our external positions are posted. When submitting an application make sure you clearly state how you meet the requirements and provide the necessary documentation to back this up.

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

Yes, we will be looking to hire Teachers Teaching-On-Call as well as Spare Educational Assistants.

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

Applications from qualified individuals for current vacant positions within School District 69 may be mailed, faxed, emailed or hand delivered. Links for application forms may be found on our Website under the Employment section.  All information requested on the application form must be completed, and submitted with a covering letter and proof of all qualifications.

How do I hear about career opportunities?

School District 69 posts positions available to external candidates on both the district’s website, the Career Centre (www.careercentre.org) and through Make a Future – Careers in BC Education (www.makeafuture.ca). Candidates may apply on-line through Make A Future – Careers in BC Education, or by faxing or mailing their application to the district office. The Make a Future – Careers in BC Education site is powered byapplytoteach.com. Therefore, if you have an existing account with them, you can use your username and password to log onto www.makeafuture.ca. If not, you can create an account on Make a Future – Careers in BC Education by clicking ‘Register’. Once you have an account, please sign up for the ‘Job Alert’ feature so you are emailed jobs that interest you.

Will I be contacted after submitting an application?
Only those candidates who have been short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Outdoor NASkart Experience

Fast Time Grand Prix – August 2016

Fast Time Grand Prix is located at 1460 Springhill Road in Parksville.

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

Fast Time Grand Prix and outdoor experience in NASkart racing is an exciting place to pique your racing interests. Our 20 karts allow us to have heat races of 12-14 traveling in excess of 45 km/h on our ½ km track. Our timing system records the drivers lap time, fastest time, average time and ranks them in the order they finish the heat race. As an employee it’s an exciting amusement type atmosphere where our customers look forward to feeling like Formula One racers and we assist in providing that thrill in a safe environment. Operational times are generally in good weather conditions with fun times experienced by our employees. At the end of the day our employees often test their skills with a couple of free laps for themselves, adding to the benefits of working for Fast Time Grand Prix.

How many employees do you have?

Seasonally operated between March 15th and Oct 31st, we hire about 7-8 employees during our off season months. During our peak season (Jun-Aug) we increase our staff 9 -11, running 10-12 hour days seven days a week.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We look for good listening skills, great organizational skills and the willingness and comfort to assist, direct and speak to large groups. Mechanical and computer skills are a large benefit and understanding racing rules is a bonus.

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

Our customers are our priority and assisting them with a great experience is our goal. A willingness to follow instructions and a happy demeanor will gain recognition with our company.

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

We are currently looking to fill 1-2 more positions with a need for individuals with mechanical aptitude.

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

We’re open 7 days a week and dropping off a resume would be best, email will work ftgp@shaw.ca. We will hold resumes for a year if our compliment of staff is full.

Oceanside Village Resort

Oceanside Village Resort – July 2016

Oceanside Village Resort is located at 1080 Resort Drive in Parksville.

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

Oceanside Village Resort Ltd. is owned by the Hill family of Parksville, with over 45 years experience operating resorts. The Hills opened their first resort, Kasba Lake Lodge in 1975 and then developed and operated what is currently known as Beach Acres across from us. We are a 15 acre resort with 140 cottages of varying sizes sleeping from 1 – 8 persons and each cottage is privately owned. All of our cottages have been designed by a professional interior decorating company out of Nanaimo which offers up a warm and inviting feeling with furniture packages to go with the interior color schemes. All of our accommodations come fully equipped with the comforts of home including 6 appliances and up to three televisions per cottage. We are a very pet friendly resort offering up cottages for both short term and long term stays.

Oceanside Village Resort is like a home away from home for many, as we have a huge following of repeat guests and snowbirds here from one to five months each year. On-site guests can enjoy our indoor pool, hot tub and exercise room, along with amenities such as our Taste Café & Bistro, Tranquil Moments Day Spa and Aglow Salon. We value our staff as much as our guests and everyone is treated with the same integrity and respect. In doing so, all staff strive to make Oceanside Village Resort the first choice of guests and commit themselves to meeting and exceeding expectations through constant dedication to every aspect of service we provide.

How many employees do you have?

In off season we have approximately 14 employees and during the busier times of the year we have upwards of 24 – 26 employees.

What do you look for in a new employee?

Enthusiasm for the job is key as well as a good work ethic. We look for individuals who want to excel in the hospitality industry and be part of a team with a focus on honesty, integrity and respect for both their colleagues and guests. Our staff members need to be able to work independently with little supervision and often under pressure given the tight time constraints involved with the day to day running of our resort. Outgoing personalities and an eagerness to assist are essential. Every guest arriving needs to be greeted by staff with a cheerful outlook to create a wow factor.

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

To be professional, warm and friendly and take the time to chat with a guest and get to know them. This type of service often results in repeat guests as it creates a family type atmosphere. We want to exceed the guests expectations with each visit and this means being ambitious and dedicated to customer service. We also encourage fun fun fun! If a guest walks in and sees that we are having fun in our office smiling and laughing and everyone welcomes them openly, that is a wonderful first impression!

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

Currently we have a good compliment of summer staff but we could be looking to add a couple more cleaners and possibly one more part time person to Guest Services.

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

By either coming in to see us in person and dropping off a resume or by email to the Resort Manager Kathy Fraser at Kathy@kasba.com

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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