All posts by Stephen Strand

Bringing residents together in summer project Summer job and internship opportunities available for community engagement work

With 100 blocks and over 6,000 people living in the Alberta Avenue community, it is easy to become disconnected and not know those living in the neighbourhood. The Alberta Avenue Community League wishes to change that with its Neighbour Connect Project.

“We are hiring, at the moment, 12 positions this summer,” said Lenn Wheatley, neighbourhood connector with Alberta Avenue Community League. Continue reading Bringing residents together in summer project Summer job and internship opportunities available for community engagement work

Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Applying for jobs can be tedious, overwhelming, and draining, leaving people confused as to where to begin.

Mark Parsons, human services representative at MacEwan University, said, “The general rule of thumb is to make sure that your resume, cover letter, and any answers to pre-screening questions align with the job posting.” For example, if the job posting is looking for five years of experience, but you only have three, don’t apply. Continue reading Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

With all the changes happening at Northlands, my job is going away and with it, my future is up in the air, with no known destination.

A large part of my income will be gone as of the new year when the division of Northlands as we know it will begin. Then, at the end of the horse racing season, the rest of my income will dry up.

The slow fade of watching the paycheques becoming smaller and smaller is terrifying. Should I call it quits now before the paycheques become too small? Or do I ride it out as long as possible? Continue reading Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

After a summer of enjoying the fruits and vegetables of our labours, autumn is the time to prepare the garden for spring by harvesting, pulling up plants, and composting.

While some plants can endure the frost, others can’t. Harvest plants such as tomatoes, peas, peppers, and squash as they ripen. Root vegetables can stay in the ground until it freezes.

Preparing the garden for spring is the last thing to do before winter. Continue reading Putting a garden to bed for the winter Follow this to-do list before the snow falls

Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Problem properties are littered throughout the city, often causing unsafe or undesired living conditions.

“A problem property is a chronic offender. It’s where there’s been a multitude of issues,” said John Lazaruk, team lead with the city’s community standards branch. Lazaruk explained problem properties can include ongoing conditions such as derelict vehicles, illegal suites, or a neglected or abandoned property. Continue reading Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Sometimes children need a helping hand, and the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre’s Head Start program does just that.

“Head Start is a free, inclusive learn-through-play program for children three-and-a-half to five years old of qualifying families,” said Meagan Highet, program manager. Head Start aims to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten. Interested families should contact Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre for more information and to see if they qualify. Continue reading Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten