New year means changes for employment program

  • Dec. 19, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Prince Rupert-based Hecate Strait Employment Development Society will be taking over career and employment programs on the islands this spring, but executive director Kathy Bedard said islanders likely won’t notice much change. In fact, she said, there may be even more services available here in the future, like programs for new immigrants and people with disabilities. The Career Development Centre is currently run by the local Haida Gwaii Community Futures, but general manager Art Lew said Community Futures couldn’t afford to bid on the new contract the provincial government was offering for the career service. Mr. Lew said March 31 will be the last day that the Career Development Centre is operated under the Community Futures umbrella. Hecate Strait will take over as of April 2. Mr. Lew said he believes Hecate Strait will offer a good program for islanders, and that the level of service will remain the same. Three people work for the Career Development Centre in Masset and two work out of the south end, Mr. Lew said. Ms Bedard said she hopes to hire the existing staff and form partnerships with various groups on the islands, which will allow Hecate Strait to expand its employment and training services. Hecate Strait has been running the self-employment benefits program on the islands for the past 17 years, she said, and has also offered programs for youth and mature workers here. Right now Hecate Strait has offices in Masset and in Queen Charlotte. “I’m hoping that through our partnerships we’ll be able to expand our services to Haida Gwaii,” Ms Bedard said.

Just Posted

Number-one bud: Q.C. cannabis store could be the first on Haida Gwaii

A local business owner is looking to open the first licensed cannabis… Continue reading

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

December windstorms led to record ferry cancellations

Baileys for breakfast? It may not be what the doctor ordered, but… Continue reading

RCMP to review actions at Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest camps

Senior Mountie says he hopes protests will be peaceful following deal with hereditary chiefs

On the Wing: Christmas Bird Count #4 — Skidegate Inlet

By Margo Hearne The marine forecast read “winds northwest 15 to 25… Continue reading

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Port authority imposes ban on development around Lelu Island

Following Pacific Northwest LNG, there will be no future projects proposed near Flora Bank

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

B.C. government extends coastal log export rules for six months

Premier John Horgan promises reform at loggers’ convention

B.C. pair accused of ‘honour-killing’ in India to be extradited within days

Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha are accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Most Read