The Welcoming Communities Coalition (WCC) at the Immigrant Welcome Center invites organizations, business owners and the community at large to attend its Comox Valley online community forum on the power of immigrant employment on Vancouver Island.
Each year, WCC hosts a community forum and invites residents and other stakeholders to an interactive discussion on solution-based ways to address an issue impacting newcomers to our communities.
This year, participants will hear from two guests and have the opportunity to discuss key experiences and learnings in small group sessions on the topic of immigration and employment.
Attendees will hear Brooke Thoburn, Labor Market Specialist at WorkBC’s Creative Employment Access Society (CEAS), talk about local labor market prospects and the role immigration will play in future labor shortages.
Jenn LeVesconte, Manager at Winners in Courtenay, will speak about her company’s diversity and inclusion practices that help recruit and retain workers and her experiences on their regional diversity and inclusion committee.
“We know there are labor shortages across Canada and local employers tell us they want to know more about how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce,” said said Immigrant Reception Center Executive Director Jim Brennan. âWe spend so much time in our workplaces, and so any changes organizations make to help their employees feel more welcome and included will impact the overall well-being of their staff and will help with recruitment and retention. retention of people from all walks of life. “
The Comox Valley Community Forum will be held online November 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register for free here: https://bit.ly/3oaz9Ck. The WCC is hosting a second forum in Campbell River on November 25, which is also free to attend (follow the link above for more information).