Get a job! Take a tour!

You might be able to get a job and enjoy a tour of one of Vankleek Hill’s local businesses on Saturday, October 22, 2022. On that day, several businesses in the Vankleek Hill Business Park (Terry Fox Drive) will welcome you and the Employment Services Centre will be set up to receive resumés and guide those seeking local employment. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In the weeks leading up to this event, the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association (BMA) has contacted local business owners to ensure that those seeking employees can send their wish list to the Employment Services Centre and could also set up a welcome table inside one of the businesses open on October 22. By doing so, businesses could actually recruit new employees right on the spot.

The BMA organized this event for two reasons–to facilitate employee recruitment and also to open the doors of businesses in the business park so that people could tour and learn more about these employers.

“There are dozens of people employed by businesses in the Vankleek Hill Business Park, but often, people don’t know we are here and for sure, many of us are looking for employees,” said Philippe Fortin, co-president of the BMA and Technical Operations Manager at Aquasan, located at 30 Terry Fox Drive.

The open house/career fair takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. and the following businesses will be open for tours: Martel & Sons Monuments, Foam Geometrix, Metec Machining Inc., Kyan Culture, Hilltech (249 Main Street East) and Beau’s will be open (Beau’s is scheduled for tours tentatively as there are renovations underway at the location). You can also visit Employment Services Centre at 30 Terry Fox Drive and will receive a beverage voucher which can be used Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company or at Sarah Cole Cider.

“This event is how the BMA is working to represent our employers, in addition to working on tourism efforts and offering business resources for our members,” says BMA co-president Louise Sproule. “As a volunteer-run group, it is a big challenge to be all things to all people, but with great support from our members, everyone pitches in and we make a lot of things happen in our small town,” she says.

The Vankleek Hill BMA recently launched its new website which includes the opportunity for members to add their own information, logo and contact info to a business directory. Members can enroll for monthly payment of their membership fees.

“We decided to do this and make our website like a monthly membership instead of having volunteers track membership payments, which were coming in at all times of the year. We needed to streamline things and so far, members are liking it,” says Fortin. This past summer, the BMA’s two summer students welcomed visitors at a mini tourist info centre, added events to the website’s online event calendar, and contacted former members and new businesses to entice them to sign up for a membership on the new website, Fortin explained.

Hiring summer students was made possible thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant, which covered the cost of student salaries. This year, the BMA received a $5,000 grant from Champlain Township to support BMA endeavours.