Guest column by Patti Carr
We are now well into April, but for those that are tired of the snow like I am, there are a couple positive outcomes to this unusual winter. The Ski Hill has enjoyed a longer season that usual and was open this past weekend for those enthusiasts to get in a few late runs in the year. The snowmobile season was another great success with many travelers enjoying our trails well into last week.
This coming week we are celebrating 2019 Workforce Week. The Labour Market Group (LMG) of Nipissing Parry Sound present a week long series of events highlighting our local labour market needs. On Tuesday, they host Get Job Ready for job seekers wanting to build basic skills in preparing for employment. On Wednesday, Connect is professional development for front line staff to maximize their impact on the community they serve. Thursday is the Job Fair with over forty employers looking to hire and provides the opportunity for job seekers actively looking for employment to see them all in one place. Friday, LMG hosts high school students to discover more about skilled trades and the apprenticeship pathway. For more information on these events check out their website at thelabourmarketgroup.ca
The ribbon cutting of the new North Bay Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (NBNPLC) expansion in downtown North Bay on Main Street East was celebrated last Friday. The clinic is an expansion from the current West Ferris clinic that received funding from the province to expand their services in the downtown core. The clinic will be open to the public in a few short weeks. To clinic director, Jaymie-Lynn and staff, congratulations on the new clinic. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday during daytime hours and will provide a team-based approach to health care for approximately 2,600 patients. To apply to become a patient visit their website at nbnplc.com or visit one of the two locations: 524 Lakeshore Drive or the new location at 179 Main Street East to pick up an application.
I was quite surprised to hear the news of Joe Bradbury CAO of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) leaving his position; but I wasn’t surprised that he was being gained by the Parry Sound Social Services. The Chamber has worked with Joe and his fantastic team at the DNSSAB for many years with a program called GetTrainedWorkers. I wish Joe and his family all the best in their future endeavors.
Patti Carr is the vice president of policy and communications for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce