Northeast Settlement Services have launched a human resources program to help essential services and businesses in the region with staff shortages due to the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinator Melanie Breton (Brett-taw) says the hub program includes new Canadians who are willing to help out in Hearst, Kapuskasing Smooth Rock Falls and Timmins. She adds the project started when team members saw Foyer De Pionniers Nursing Home in Hearst requesting assistance.
“We first publicized on social media on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and we currently have 135 names for the region,” she said. “So I think this is very positive we have all of these community members wanting to lend a helping hand in short and immediate notice.”
She adds that the organization is aware that those interested might not be qualified.
“On the other hand, we are trying to recruit support service workers that could potentially help in the fields of either administration, activities, food services, cleaning and a variety of other support services,” she said.
She adds there’s a short survey for those interested to fill out on websites for each community in the area.