Tree-planting to promote student jobs

The Human Resource Centre of Canada for Students will “go out on a limb” this Friday (July 13) by planting a tree here to promote student employment.
And they’ve finally got their hands on the right kind of tree.
“We got hold of a maple, after all,” said Christina Pochailo, the Summer Employment Officer at the HRCC-S.
Until Tuesday morning, Pochailo thought the group would have to settle for a cherry tree instead, which was all that was available in local flower shops.
The planting ceremony will take place in the Lions Millennium Park on Second Street East at 10:30 a.m. A draw will follow, with prizes including a golf shirt and travel mugs.
All draw winners must be present to claim their prize.
Pochailo has invited Mayor Glenn Witherspoon and NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton to attend the ceremony but had not yet received confirmation from either one.
The ceremony is part of a nation-wide event that began last year in Truro, N.S. to promote the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy. This is the first year the Fort Frances office will be participating.
Planting a tree is a good way to promote the strengths and abilities of students, Pochailo said, and of reminding locals that many young people are ready and willing to take on a variety of jobs.
“It’s a simple event that people across Canada can do in a unified way that can bring about national and local attention,” she added, noting that
“a tree is a good symbol of life and growth.”
While the centre already has successfully connected more than 120 students with jobs this summer, ranging from maintenance work to recreation co-ordination, as the season dwindles away, so do the employment opportunities.
“At this time of the year, most of the jobs are taken,” Pochailo said.
Because of this, the HRCC-S is now shifting its focus towards promoting the hiring of students for odd jobs such as babysitting, yard work, and one-time jobs.
“I know people need yard help out there but maybe they just don’t think of hiring a student,” Pochailo said.
Meanwhile, upcoming HRCC-S events include an odd-job “flyer blitz” next week and an employment appreciation day later in the summer.
Its services are available to students until about mid-August.
For more information on this or other events, contact Pochailo at 274-7724.