Garage Sale
Career Link hosts a Garage Sale on Sat. Nov. 15 to support the Community Resource Centre. It will be held at Career Link (4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC)

Join us at Career Link on Saturday, November 15 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM for a Garage Sale to benefit the Community Resource Centre!

Gearing Up for Oil and Gas: Special Workshop on Wed. Oct 22

Welcome_to_fort_mcmurrayFREE “Gearing up for Oil and Gas” workshop with Brodie D’Angio  October 22, Wednesday, 1pm – 4pm at Career Link

Sign up today at Career Link. 604.485.7958, visit us at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue or sign up online here.


  • What kind of stuff you need to think about before applying and accepting work
  • How to write an effective resume (that will work with resume scanners)
  • What employers are looking for in their employees
  • What types of certifications are required (i.e. H2S, First Aid, driver’s license)
  • Where to look for employment and labour market information online

Oil and Gas related courses being offered at St John Ambulance:

  • Oct 25th and 26th       Sat./Sun.      2-day Standard First Aid for Industry
  • Oct 27th                                            Mon.                      H2S Alive

Sign up for these paid courses via St.John Ambulance today . Click here or  visit/ phone them at 5907 Arbutus Ave, Powell River, BC
(604) 483-2250


Call 604-485-7958

October is Healthy Workplace Month: What Makes a Healthy Work Environment?


Republished from:

hwpmDid You Know?

  • Physically inactive employees cost employers $488 more per year in more in sick time, benefits and lost productivity. 1
  • Employees who smoke cost companies $3,396 more each year than non-smoking employees 2
  • Mental and nervous disorders have replaced musculoskeletal conditions as the top conditions causing long-term disability.
  • Workplace mental disorders and sub-clinical mental health problems in Canada annually result in $33 billion in lost industrial production 3

Healthy work environments…

  • share an understanding that a healthy work environment not only benefits employees through improved health and wellness but also benefits customers, shareholders and communities
  • take a comprehensive approach to promoting health and wellness
  • encourage workers to take responsibility for their own health, safety and wellness and contribute to creating a healthy work environment
  • create environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice
  • provide information and resources to assist their workers to make healthy lifestyle choices and to achieve and maintain good health
  • promote work-life balance and make work a healthy life experience
  • create a healthy physical, social and psychological work environment as a core business goal

Building a Foundation for Success

A healthy organization creates healthy outcomes for its people – improved health and well-being, and for the organization – reduced costs and improved performance.* These healthy outcomes depend on whether:

  • the business values its employees
  • safety comes first
  • jobs are challenging
  • employees have control over work load and work pace
  • employees have a say in workplace decisions
  • relationships are based on trust, respect, and fairness
  • employees have adequate resources to do their job
  • supervisors support employees
  • employees have opportunities for training and development
  • communication is two-way and open
  • employees are recognized for their contributions
  • pay and benefits provide an adequate and secure living standard

*Source: © The Graham Lowe Group Inc.

How will a healthy work environment benefit my bottom line?

Research shows that healthy people working in a healthy environment are key to business success. That’s because a healthy workplace improves productivity and reduces employers’ costs.

A healthy workplace will:

  • Improve employee health outcomes
  • Make it easier to attract and retain qualified employees
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Reduce health benefit costs
  • Enhance morale
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Improve job performance

Healthy Work Environments are Good for Business*

  • Absenteeism in Canada has increased steadily since the 1990s.  In B.C., actual work time lost for personal reasons was 8.5 days per employee in 2005–and the lost productivity that goes along with it is a major business cost.
  • People who have a supportive supervisor, flexible workplaces, and low job stress report greater work-life balance.
  • Job stress has been linked causally to heart disease, depression, diabetes, asthma, migraines, and ulcers.
  • Obesity in the workforce imposes costs on employers, including workers’ compensation claims, medical benefit costs, and absenteeism.
  • Workplace health promotion interventions that are comprehensive, well-designed, and successfully implemented will have a positive return-on-investment.
  • Multi-component worksite health promotion programs which track return on investment result in average reductions in sick leave, health plan costs, workers’ compensation and disability costs of just over 25%.

*The business world includes private companies, not-for-profit organizations and government

summary of recent research and evidence on healthy workplaces can help when you’re ready to develop a business case for healthy work environment initiatives.

What is a flexible workplace?

A flexible workplace supports employees to balance work and life commitments. It’s an environment in which the workplace culture views this balance as positive and encourages employees to take advantage of options such as:

  • Flexibility – allowing employees to have some capacity to adapt their workday to respond to family issues such as a child becoming ill or one who has special needs, school visits and parent-teacher interviews or special needs of elders. It typically includes family responsibility leave for employees.
  • Supportivesupervisors/managers whose management style values staff and is characterized by a desire to help employees achieve better balance between work and the rest of their lives.
  • A culture that is family friendly– overall attitudes, beliefs, values and taken-for-granted ways of doing things that support work-family issues as legitimate workplace concerns, and as an opportunity to develop ‘new ways of working’.  Options include maternity, paternity, family and personal leave provisions.
  • Alternative work arrangements– options are available to employees including daily or scheduled flex time arrangements, job-sharing, reduced hours, compressed work week, family leave options, part-time work, gradual retirement, telecommuting, other leaves and sabbatical options. Such alternative work arrangements are seen as ways of working, and employees using them are not sidelined, marginalized or belittled.
  • Recognition of child and elder careissues including support for child care, providing access to a service regarding child or elder care, establishing on-site child care or, developing a consortium with other employers in order to provide emergency child care. This includes accommodating the needs of employees who are breastfeeding their children.

Source: Work and Family Unit, Saskatchewan Labour, 2005
Component of The Family Friendly Workplace Portfolio

1 The Business Case for a Healthy Workplace by Joan Burton, Industrial Accident Prevention Association
2 Smoking and the Bottom Line: Updating the Costs of Smoking in the Workplace by the Conference Board of Canada (2006)
3 Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health (2006) Business and Economic Plan for Mental Health and Productivity—An Agenda for Progress: Reducing the Social and Economic Burden of Mental Disabilities in the Workplace. Toronto


Self Employment Success: October 2014

Are you considering starting your own business?  Community Futures Powell River can assist you!  We deliver the Self Employment Services under the Employment Program of British Columbia.  Self Employment Services provides a 48-week-long program that assists participants in developing and launching their own businesses.  We work closely with you to help you build a sustainable business.

The first year in business is often challenging.  Many businesses fail in this initial period because of a lack of training and assistance.  We offer personal business coaching and training.  Some of the areas we offer you training in include Business Plan Development, Cash Flow Forecasting, Break Even Analysis, Pricing and Costing Your Product, Understanding Financial Statements, Business Operations, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and much more.

Do you need previous business experience?

No you do not.  Along with a viable business concept, you need to possess strong entrepreneurial skills, self-motivation, and a passion for what you want to do.

Do you need to invest in your new business?

You may need to invest in your business.  Writing a business plan will help you to identify what capital you may need to launch your business.

Do you qualify?

Your first step is to contact an Employment Counsellor at Career Link: Vist Career Link WorkBC Employment Services Centre at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue

Powell River, British Columbia, Canada V8A 2K5
Phone: 604.485.7958

Or contact us for more information at:  Community Futures Powell River, 4717 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC  V8A 2L2

Self Employment Graduates Jeannie Keays of Mad Chocolates  - The “Powell River Chocolate Lady”
Self Employment Graduates
Jeannie Keays of Mad Chocolates – The “Powell River Chocolate Lady”


Mad Chocolates is an acronym for Mother and Daughter Chocolates.   Jeannie’s love for her daughter Kaylie and chocolate, led her to her business idea. Mother and Daughter chocolates would bring together Jeannie’s strong urge to feed people food they love and feed her daughter’s character and work ethic.  Jeannie chose fair trade organic chocolate to help ensure the future for the daughters of the world. Mad Chocolates are real food, made fresh locally, from organic fair trade chocolate and real ingredients.

Mad Chocolates feature a pure 43-gram solid chocolate bar packed with fruit, nuts or crispy rice – a soft bar featuring flavours such as Ginger, Peanut Butter, Spicy Mama, Coffee, Chai or in the adult department creamy Baileys or Baja Rosa! A chocolatier’s offerings would not be complete without beautifully crafted individual chocolates.  Mad Chocolates does not disappoint.  The delectable treats are filled with freshly made flavoured gnash.  Pure organic whipped cream and flavourful ingredients are used for the fillings.  A beautiful sensual treat and a great gift for the holidays!  They also feature hazelnut and pistachio truffles and enrobed fruit wrapped in 70% chocolate – 6 pieces to a box! On the menu you will also find chocolate barks, sweet nuts, halvah, cookies and macaroons.

Jeannie’s passion for her business is evident in the outstanding quality and beauty of the chocolate products that she produces.  Mad Chocolates can be found at the Farmer’s Market and Ecossentials or delivered by special order.  Jeannie is available for catering dessert bars and chocolate fountains for events, celebrations and weddings.   Let your imagination run wild! Call Jeannie to help you design your very own chocolate extravaganza!

“Thank you to Community Futures for helping brighten my future and making my dream a reality.” – Jeannie

You can contact Jeannie and Kaylee at Mad Chocolates  – 604 483 1624 or email




“Job Options” for Mature Workers

iconJOAre you looking to change directions in your career or get back to work? Career Link is offering an employment program this fall for mature adults to prepare for the next step in their career. It is suitable for someone who has been unemployed while raising children, or who would like to find a more suitable job for their lifestyle. Make the changes you want to make in a supportive environment at Job Options.



  • Over 30 years old.
  • Unemployed
  • Not a student
  • Not on EI (now or in past 3 years)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have not participated in a similar program
JO poster
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Program Details

This program will run between October 14th and November 11th between 9am and 3pm. Job Options features 4 weeks of classroom based learning focusing on job search skills, employment skills and life skills development. During this time participants will also receive a variety of specific training and certifications required to meet their career goals.

Support for transitioning to employment will also be provided. By offering a training stipend of $250/week for four weeks and funding for transportation, work clothes and equipment we aim to help make it easier to succeed.

Continued support will be offered following the program including job placements and one-on-one help with job search.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying should contact Job Options program coordinator, Nicole Townsend, by calling Career Link 604.485.7958 or by email at

Coastal Postings: September 2014

The chart above displays the total number of individual jobs and related sectors offered in Powell River throughout September 2014, from all available sources as recorded by Career Link staff: Total jobs= 132 offered; Total number of postings =110

Accommodations 4
Administration & Business Support 8
Agriculture,Animals,Aquaculture 3
Arts 1
Construction 2
Education 6
Finance 4
Food Services 16
Forestry 1
Health Care 35
Manufacturing 1
Mining/Quarrying 1
Other Services (non-Gov’t) 3
Public Administration 4
Recreation and Sports 1
Retail Trade 36
Social Assistance 5
Transportation 1


Water Cooler: October 2014: Moonlighting – should you or shouldn’t you?

moonlightingBy Melany Hallam

Water Cooler question for October, 2014: “I supplement my main income with other jobs”

Choices: Yes/No

Have your say, click here to vote.


Have you ever taken on a second job or worked under the table for a buddy as a favour to make extra money or pay off a debt? Have you worked at a stable job that doesn’t particularly inspire you so that you can do what you love on the side, even though it doesn’t make you much extra cash?

Well, you’re not alone. According to a Statistics Canada study, more than 6% of working Canadians were already holding second jobs, or “moonlighting,” back in 1998. The study is fairly old, but the trend was pretty obvious even then. Between 1977 and 1997, moonlighting among the employed had increased 300%, increasing from 2% to 6%. The greatest numbers of people working on the side were women. In 1977, three-quarters of moonlighters were men, whereas by the early 1990s, roughly half were women.

Another study a few years later (Jean Kimmel, W.E. Upjohn Institute and Lisa Powell, Queen’s University, 2001) found that, generally, moonlighters tended to be women who were single, divorced or widowed and were trying to add extra dollars to the family budget. Men who moonlight were often single dads with young children. As well, the self-employed tended to moonlight more than salaried employees.

Why are people moonlighting?

There are many reasons for moonlighting, besides the obvious one of needing extra income for debt, large one-time expenses, retirement, or for a vacation fund. For example, if you’re looking to change careers, one way of testing the waters without quitting your current job is to take on some part-time or contract work in the field you’re considering. Maybe you work as an accountant but your real love is being outdoors. Do you have what it takes to be a kayaking tour guide? You could try it out short-term by finding seasonal work teaching basic kayaking techniques, and work at building your skills at the same time.

Another reason for moonlighting is keeping up your certification or credentials in another occupation. You may work full-time as a teacher but you don’t want to lose your qualification as, say, a lifeguard or a first-aid attendant, so you may take a few shifts at the local pool.

Some people even take on part-time work to improve their social lives. They may work in a job that doesn’t involve a lot of interacting with other people, like a security guard, and work on the side as a server or bartender, for instance.

But possibly the most concerning trend, especially among younger Canadians, is the need to take on two or more part-time jobs just to make ends meet. I know a fair number of people here in Powell River who do just that because, let’s face it, there aren’t a huge number of full-time, well-paying jobs here in town. But working piecemeal is worth it in order to live in our little corner of paradise, right?

Holding more than one job is a way of getting experience or living your preferred lifestyle, but there can be some major downsides as well—which brings me to the next point…

What are the potential problems with moonlighting?

A real danger with working more than one job is that the extra hours can lead to burn out and exhaustion, and even greater health issues. You may also be losing valuable family and friend time, putting a real strain on those relationships. Is the extra money or work experience worth it? Is it only temporary? It’s important to communicate with partners and family so that they’re on board with your long-term plans. They can also act as a reality check for you.

The extra hours that you’re taking on in your side job may interfere with your main employment, putting that position in jeopardy. If you have a nine-to-five job and work a few evenings a week as well, coming in late to your day job (or leaving early) could become a real problem with your main employer.

Speaking of which, honesty is always the best policy, and it’s a good idea to let your boss know about the work you’re doing on the side. In general, what you do on your own time is your business. But there could be a conflict of interest if you’re also spending time working in a competing business, or working on your sideline business when you’re supposed to be doing your day job. Your employer may even have a company policy on moonlighting—it’s a good idea to check.

Another aspect to consider is tax implications. Working an extra job may not give you as much extra disposable income as you think if you move into a higher tax bracket. And working under the table for cash also has its risks if the tax man discovers that you’ve been withholding.

All of this is to say that there can be a lot of juggling involved with moonlighting or holding more than one part-time job. Make sure that the benefits (money or experience) outweigh the costs (health or relationships) before going full steam ahead.

Here are some ideas on moonlighting jobs you might consider:

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