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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Region's Largest Job Fair

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Job seekers can check out booths from over 100 employers from all over Grey Bruce.

If you're looking for a job in the area, the region's largest job fair is coming up.

It's set to take place February 21st at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound.

From 2 p.m. 7 p.m. job seekers can check out booths from over 100 employers there.

Grey County Economic Development Officer Jacinda Rudolph says in fact, this year there are so many interested employers there is a waiting list.
Rudolph says they may add some more booths in the hallways.

Last year's job fair saw over 1,000 people come through.

A list of employers can be found HERE

Executive Director of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board Gemma Mendez-Smith says there will be a large number of healthcare providers, the manufacturing industry, Bruce Power suppliers, food, recreation and hospitality companies, school boards and more.  

Organizers recommend bringing a resume and doing some research into which jobs you want to apply for. Rudolph says, "Stand out in the sense that maybe you're asking questions that are a little more specific rather than general. Be ready. It is nerve wracking but being able to speak to someone in that context would really help you."

Economic Development Officer Philly Markowitz says there is also a Rural Matchmaking Program for people who are interested using some land for farming.

Markowitz says they're reaching out to people in Grey County who have available land to meet with people who are looking for access to land. "It's really about starting small businesses," says Markowitz who notes land owners have anywhere from 1 to 100 acres of land to offer.  She says farm seekers are looking to do a variety of things including putting up greenhouses, growing field crops or hay, pasturing animals, or even growing flowers for a farmer's market. "You might meet the person who has the piece of land on which you can do that farming," says Markowitz.

Those who want to take part in land matchmaking should register at MadeInGrey.ca Markowitz says the reason for registering is so they can match people up ahead of time with possible land owners. Contact Philly Markowitz at 519 372 0219 ext 6125 or by emailing [email protected]

You can learn more on Facebook and on Event Brite. The Rural Land Matchmaking event will be held at the Grey County Administration.
Those who are interested should contact Markowitz by 4 p.m. Wednesday February 20th.

There will also be a free bus running to and from the job fair. Those who want to take the bus must register before February 20th at 9am - To register, contact Mark Carlson at 519 379-6198

There are three different buses:
    BUS 1: From Thornbury to Meaford to Owen Sound (Hwy 26)
    BUS 2: From Dundalk to Flesherton to Markdale to Chatsworth to Owen Sound (Hwy 10)
    BUS 3: From Hanover to Durham to Owen Sound (Hwy 6)

Each bus will do one trip arriving around 2pm at the Bayshore Community Centre.  Each return trip leaves at 4pm back down the highways.

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