Career fair in works

Duane Hicks

FORT FRANCES—NCDS is looking to help you “Shape Your Future” when it hosts its first-ever career fair and training expo May 24 at the Memorial Sports Centre.
And it’s not too late for prospective exhibitors to participate in the event, which is shaping up to be of a scope not seen here before.
Career fair co-ordinator Cathy Tysz said NCDS already has 50 exhibitors confirmed but they have room for 70.
There is no cost to be an exhibitor.
Tysz said a wide range of careers and businesses already are represented, but what she would like to see more of is skilled trades.
“I would like to see more trades coming in because that’s where the jobs are and that’s where everybody is headed,” she reasoned.
“Construction companies, welders.”
Tysz said even small businesses and home-based businesses are welcome to sign up.
Businesses and agencies have until May 15 to contact Tysz if they want to participate.
You call her at 274-2282, e-mail her at, or fill out a registration form online at
Tysz said the expo “is for anyone looking for a job, looking for a better job, looking for education and training to go into a new career path, [and] students coming out of high school.”
“NCDS’ client base is [age] 18-30, but it’s open to anybody—40, 50, 60—that’s hoping, ‘Hey, I want to change, I want to go back to school. Where can I go? What can I take?
“What’s out there for me as far as training goes; as far as going back to school and picking up courses?’” Tysz added.
Tysz said some exhibitors will be hiring—and those will be showcased. These booths will be marked with helium-filled balloons so that people will know they are taking applications on site.
The event also will engage the public with interactive displays and demonstrations.
“We’re pushing for most of them to be as interactive as we can,” said Tysz.
“We don’t want the public [just] to be walking around collecting pamphlets,” she remarked.
For example, the MNR will have a fire prevention/protection fifth-wheel on site while Confederation College will have five different booths, ranging from its culinary program to its aesthetics program.
The college also is bringing its water treatment mobile unit, which is a truck with a five-seat classroom in the front and a complete water treatment lab in the back.
“We’re promoting that to all the surrounding 10 First Nations’ communities,” noted Tysz.
“[The college] is going to run a course live during the career fair.”
The OPP also will be well-represented—bringing along its canine unit, explosive disposal unit robot, remote-controlled helicopter, and more.
A couple of electricians will be bringing in sheets of plywood with electrical boxes on them that people will be able to wire while the Seven Generations Education Institute will be having a hands-on cooking demonstration.
Energy Fitness will be doing Zumba and bringing in stationary bikes.
Tysz said the expo also will feature a “Pros in the Know” corner, where people will be able to get advice straight from professionals.
“We’ve got experts in their fields—I’ve got a lawyer, I’ve got a doctor, I’ve got a dentist, I’ve got a photographer, I’ve got an electrician, I’ve got a social service worker” she noted.
“I’ve got an HR [human resources] employee, a finance office, a banker, a police officer.”
Tysz said the professionals will be stationed at tables to talk to people one-on-one.
The fair and expo will run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on May 24. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome, regardless of your age.
Tysz said NCDS is expecting a big turnout for the event, which is being put on for the benefit of the entire Rainy River District.
She added students will be coming in from as far as Rainy River, and that all 10 local First Nations’ communities will be running buses to the expo.
(Fort Frances Times)