Simpcw First Nation will host more than 30 vendors this month at its first annual Health and Career Fair since the start of the pandemic.
The fair will take place Feb. 8 at Simpcw’s Community Hall and Spiritual Centre on Dunn Lake Road. Students can tour the booths between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. before the event is open for everyone from 2-6 p.m.
“We’re really excited to have this opportunity connect the employers, the community, the recruiters and hopefully make this a really successful day,” education coordinator Ashley Fitger said.
Interior Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority, Alzheimer’s Society of BC and BC Emergency Health Medicine Community Paramedicine are registered to attend. The health booths will provide information on careers and education about health resources, Fitger said.
“We do have specific booths on mental health and substance use. We also have some hearing clinics that will be showing up,” she added. “We’re hoping to provide a bit of awareness of the services that are available for the entire community.”
On the career side, local businesses and universities will meet community members to provide information on potential education, training and work opportunities.
Other booths will represent Thompson River University, and the University of Calgary and University of British Columbia. Local businesses, such as Gilbert Smith Forest Products, also registered to attend.
The free-of-charge event will give out door prizes and draw prizes, Fitger added.
Although the fair had been an annual event prior to the era of COVID-19, this is Fitger’s first time organizing the event and she is glad to be part of its return.