Cornwall and Akwesasne create joint job fair!

Cornwall Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau, front center, gets ready to sign a memorandum of understanding between the city and Akwesasne for a joint job fair. The event is March 26, 2015 at the Cornwall Civic Complex. (Cornwall Newswatch/Randi Belec)

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – As of this morning, Cornwall’s job fair is more than just that, it is also collaboration with our neighbours across the river.

The Akwesasne Area Management Board (AAMB), the Social Development Council of Cornwall (SDC), and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) and St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Economic Development Agencies have all come together to create an expanded job fair.

The meet and greet held this morning (Wednesday) hosted a number of leaders among these organizations, as a chance to connect and mingle before event planning continues.

During regular planning it was discovered that both events were being held within two days of each other. Rather than hold two separate job fairs it was decided that both fairs would continue as one.

“Joining Akwesasne creates greater reach and more opportunities,” says Stacy Skidders, the job fair coordinator.

Members from the AAMB and SDC are thrilled at the opportunity to rebuild the connection and partnership between Cornwall and Akwesasne.

“It’s high time for us to connect and work together” says Mark Boileau, Cornwall economic development manager. “Competition is fierce so we always look to fulfill our prime mandate, connect the job seeker to the employer,” says Boileau.

The job fair is designed to bring all of the information a job seeker could need, right to them. The first Cornwall job fair was held in 2011, with the hopes of satisfying local job seekers as well as bringing in new ones. The information made available is not only job availability in the area, but what living and raising a family is like as well.

“We look forward to this union of sharing information,” says Steven Thomas, MCA Kanatakon district chief.

The AAMB and the SDC have very high hopes for the collaborated 2015 job fair that will be held March 26, 2015 at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

For more information contact Stacy Skidders at jobfair@aamb.ca

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