Published January 17, 2018
Photo by Jennifer Parsons
Denise Ouellette (left) takes a test drive of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board’s new on-line application process from Superintendent of Education Joan Kantola on Jan. 9. Offering an interactive job fair for those seeking casual and permanent employment in the field of Education, Kantola and others set up shop in the Red Lake District High School cafeteria last week to greet prospective applicants and assist in setting up application profiles on Apply to Education (ATE).
“We are recruiting, always recruiting, full time permanent staff as well as casual staff across all of our employee groups,” noted Kantola on Wednesday afternoon. “We have had some spikes in enrollment in some of the areas of our board, in some of our schools, so we are welcoming all applicants to casual positions which we would hope, in turn, turn into permanent positions with some applicants.”
Kantola says Red Lake is only one of the sites the career search opportunity was being hosted, with turnouts in other locations such as Sioux Lookout characterized as “very good.”
“Our intention is to get people into the schools and have computers available.”
Ouellette says she stopped by the career fair looking for more opportunities in the education field after a year working as a casual at École Catholieque des Étoiles-du-Nord wet her appetite for the type of work. Having retired to Red Lake in past few years she says she was pleased to find out that she enjoyed this line of work, different from her business based career of over 30 years, and was enthusiastic as she maneuvered through the steps that would get her closer to her goal.
Kantola fluidity of positions at the board is mirroring the economic paradigm that is stretching across the province.
“The reality of northwestern Ontario at this point in time, which is also a trend across the province, is that we are having some challenges in some of the areas of our board with replacement staff. It is a combination of economics and through natural attrition so we are going to do everything we can and promote our board and support employment in our communities.”