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


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

We’re proud to be Vancouver Island’s premier security provider, for over 40 years. As a family owned and operated business we understand the Island communities we serve and are committed to our people, clients, and communities. We invest in providing our team with the training and management expertise to succeed, and in turn support our clients with service excellence. We are invested in all Vancouver Island communities beyond just our business – we share a common vision to preserve Vancouver Island’s reputation as an incredible place to live. We want to ensure a safe and friendly environment to raise our families. We are committed to continual training and development of our team members in order to provide unparalleled professionalism and uncompromising client care. Additionally, Footprints is committed to being a socially and environmentally responsible employer: actively investing in diversity and inclusivity training and hiring programs, developing strong relationships with local Indigenous groups, and carefully managing resources and waste to reduce our carbon footprint.

How many employees do you have?

We currently employ approximately 400 plus employees, many of which have been with us for many years.

What do you look for in a new employee?

  • Professionalism and a strong work ethic
  • A strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Being able to work in a team environment as well as independent
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills, being able to analyze situations and resolve them professionally
  • Excellent communication and observation skills
  • Some computer and smartphone skills would be advantageous

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

If you are looking for a career in a customer focused organization that wants to always put the safety and security of their clients first, then this is the right organization for you to join. Footprints offers the opportunity for unlicensed employees to become licensed and work with all employees to achieve their goals.

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

Footprints anticipates offering various opportunities and positions including Administration, Guest Services, and Security Professionals within all the regions of Vancouver Island and Powell River on an on-going basis within the next six months as we continue to grow.

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

If someone is interested in applying for a position with us, the best and most efficient way to do that would be to visit https://www.footprintssecurity.com/careers or https://ca.indeed.com.



Get ready for the Hiring Fair!

Explore job opportunities at the upcoming Hiring Fair, hosted by the Career Centre on Friday, March 8th, from 12pm to 4pm at the Jensen Centre (BGC Parksville Child and Family Centre), 132 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville. Last year over 50 employers were present, providing a unique opportunity for job seekers to engage directly with businesses actively looking to hire. Stay tuned and keep checking back for additions to the list of employers attending in 2024!

To maximize your success at the job fair and in your job search overall, consider the following steps:

Step 1: Participate in a How to Prepare for a Hiring Fair workshop. Acquire networking strategies to ensure success during face-to-face interactions with employers. Gain insights into necessary preparations before, during, and after the Hiring Fair.

Step 2: Dress professionally for success, akin to attending a job interview. If you require interview attire, schedule an appointment with an employment consultant at the Career Centre for assistance.

Step 3: Research the list of registered employers beforehand. Get a competitive edge by researching businesses of interest, understanding their work culture and values. Prepare a set of questions to engage employers during the Hiring Fair.

Step 4: Bring multiple copies of your resume. Organize a folder with a list of target employers, several copies of your resume, cover letters (specifically addressed to certain employers), and letters of reference if available. Be ready to distribute extra resumes to employers not initially on your list. If you need assistance creating or updating your resumes, be sure to attend the Career Centre’s Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop prior to the Hiring Fair.

Step 5: Prepare for impromptu interviews. Craft a one-minute “presentation statement” highlighting your qualifications to effectively market yourself to potential employers. Attend workshops such as Branding “YOU” and Acing the Interview for additional insights.

Step 6: Network actively. Practice a polished greeting with eye contact to make a positive first impression. The Hiring Fair provides a valuable opportunity to connect with employers and fellow job seekers who can contribute to advancing your career.

Step 7: Collect contact information. Record the names and contact details of individuals and companies of interest or ask for business cards to facilitate follow-up.

Step 8: Send thank-you notes. Stay ahead of the competition by sending thank-you notes or emails to your preferred employers the following day. Ensure professionalism in your communication, avoiding jargon, abbreviations, or spelling mistakes.

The Career Centre’s Hiring Fair is a complimentary event for job seekers to engage with local employers. For details on upcoming workshops or to register, please call 250.248.3205.

We eagerly anticipate your presence on March 8th at the Hiring Fair from 12pm to 4pm!


Island Health with 3 mountains and wave

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

Island Health provides a comprehensive range of progressive health services to the 885,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities.

We offer an exceptional employer-paid benefits package (depending on position) including dental and prescription coverage, group life, long term disability and extensive extended health plan, plus up to four weeks’ vacation after your first year of employment.

How many employees do you have?

Approximately 30,000 employees, 13,000 volunteers, and more than 3,000 doctors, nurse practitioners, midwives, and dentists support our patients across the Island.

What do you look for in a new employee?

We are always searching for people who are passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care.

The ideal candidate would be motivated and goal-oriented, with an eagerness to learn. They would adapt well to change, challenge any obstacles with a positive attitude, and can think outside the box. They would work well individually and in a team environment.

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

Explore your options!

We have a wide variety of work environments from remote, rural hospitals to busy urban centers, and everything in between!

Consider your lifestyle.

Would you prefer working in a remote community on northern Vancouver Island where you have access to incredible outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural experiences or would you prefer to live in an urban setting with easy access to a variety of restaurants, festivals and shopping?















Search our career opportunities.

Visit our VI-Hire website and search all current job postings. We are always hiring talented people – and may have an opportunity for you!

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

We are always hiring talented people! Some of the positions we are currently hiring for include:

  • Registered Nurses / Specialty Nurses
  • Laboratory Technologists and Laboratory Assistants
  • Physiotherapists
  • Community Health Workers
  • Cooks
  • Food Service Workers and Food Service Supervisors
  • Environmental Service Workers
  • Patient Porters and Interfacility Porters
  • Drivers
  • Ambassadors

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

Island Health recruiters will be present at the Career Centre Hiring Fair on March 8 in Parksville and the WorkBC Hiring Fair March 9 in Sooke. Come on by to chat with a recruiter about available opportunities!


Visit the How To Apply page on our website. This is a great resource on how to navigate the Island Health Career Centre and our job application tracking system (VI-Hire). You can search current opportunities, create a profile and set up job alerts for new job postings.

Search current Island Health careers.


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