Here is the hard-working staff at the Kootenay Career Development Society. The group held an open house last week to celebrate its second anniversary. From left: Polly Campbell

KCDS aim to get put people to work

KCDS celebrated its second anniversary with an Open House

Betsy Kline

Castlegar News

 

If you are a job seeker or an employer searching for workers then the Kootenay Career Development Society is a place you will want to visit.

KCDS celebrated its second anniversary with an Open House last week.

The event featured refreshments and door prizes.

The staff was on hand to offer tours and overviews of the work they do to help employees and employers find each other.

“We are so happy to be here celebrating our second year,” Employment Services Centre manager Joanna Swanson-Kutaseswich said. “Our role in the community is to help job seekers, employers, and community members.  We like to work collectively as a team in the community.”

KCDS offers free services to those who are unemployed or underemployed.  They provide resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview skills training, help with organizing and accessing funding and workshops and skills training. The centre serves between 400 and 600 clients each month.

KCDS receives its funding from the Province of British Columbia and the Federal Government.

The first person you meet when you walk through the doors is Leni Normington.

The employment counsellor is very passionate about helping those who come to the office.

“When a person walks through the door, I am going to do my best to help them with whatever they need,” she said.

The centre has several other employment counselors, self-serve specialists, a wage subsidy coordinator and a youth employment counsellor on hand.

Their overall goal is to explain the labour market, provide resources and help people to overcome barriers to employment.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Choir leader’s selfless work wins her Castlegar Citizen of the Year

Christina Nolan has grown the community choir into a strong and vibrant asset for the city

Water main maintenance ongoing in South Castlegar and Blueberry

Project will take two weeks — city says there should not be any service disruptions

Downtown businesses want you to love them this weekend

Third annual event encourages people to shop in their own community.

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Grand Forks woman assaulted in home invasion

The incident took place Wednesday morning

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Kootenay man arrested and charged in 2015 murder

Nathaniel Jessup 32 of Creston has been charged with the second-degree murder of Katherine McAdam and offering an indignity to a body.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parents’ cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

Most Read