Trades Fair at NISS

NISS held a trades fair on Thursday, March 10, for all of School District 85 to attend

North Island Secondary School’s (NISS) gymnasium was packed to the brim with students on Thursday, March 10, for their second Trades Fair. All of School District 85 and the local band schools were invited to attend, which meant there was “around 700 plus students in a steady flow throughout the day,” said NISS Principal Jay Dixon, adding that the “trades fair went quite well.”

Dixon took to the podium at 11:30 a.m., hushed the energetic crowd, and then welcomed Kaleb Child, Director of First Nations, who introduced students and staff from NISS and T’lisalagi’lakw to open the event with a ladies dance of welcome.  After the cultural welcoming, the trades fair commenced with many different local business booths from companies like Western Forest Products, West Coast Helicopters, ICBC, and Marine Harvest.

Andy Beech, Marine Harvest’s maintenance manager for Port Hardy processing, mentioned that by participating in the event, “we’re giving the kids a better understanding of our company and what we can offer them in the way of job potential,” adding that Marine Harvest “really enjoys giving back. We’re proud to operate from here and we’re proud to be a part of the local community. It’s the people that live and work here that make us successful.”The trades fair was organized for the second year by NISS teacher Kathleen McArthur, who said that the previous event in 2014 was “really similar to this one, except the Work BC Find Your Fit Tour wasn’t a part of it, so it was more of a community event.”

This year, the Work BC Find Your Fit Tour, which is an interactive tour where students get to try out different skills that they’ll need for careers in demand across the province, “was offered to us,” said McArthur. “We were also supported through the Industry Training Authority Yes 2 It Grant,” which is a government grant designed to help trades based awareness activities.The idea behind the Trades Fair and the Find Your Fit Tour is to give the students hands on experience by “actually putting tools in their hands to let them see how it feels and to encourage them to pursue a career in the trades industries,” said McArthur, who hopes that the students take away from this experience that “there are jobs locally, and that there’s a lot of potential jobs in the trades that they might never have thought of.”

Just Posted

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Dennis Dugas speaks out on being the new mayor for Port Hardy

“It was pretty overwhelming, but also pretty humbling to be chosen.”

Quarterdeck restaurant, pub temporarily closed until summer

“We have decided to close the pub until April 30, 2019,” stated the pub’s announcement.

Port Hardy’s RCMP Staff Sgt. Wes Olsen: ‘It’s business as usual’ after cannabis legalization

Local RCMP will still be on the lookout for impaired driving despite cannabis legalization.

Jay Dixon finishes top three for School and District Leadership award

“I believe it’s all of our responsibility for our schools to provide quality education,” said Dixon.

Voters talk on Port Hardy’s municipal election

Port Hardy residents talked on local issues and reasons to vote

Kevin Cameron says being elected Port Alice mayor wasn’t a forgone conclusion

“At the end of the day I was the successful candidate.”

LIVE BLOG: Full election results for Tri-Port area

Follow this post for comprehensive coverage on the mayor, council, school board and more

Gaby Wickstrom talks being new mayor of Port McNeill

“To me it shows that people are ready for a fresh vision for a vibrant community.”

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

Most Read