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Calling all job seekers!

The Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) is organizing two bilingual job fairs over the upcoming March break, in Huntingdon and Hemmingford, for all prospective job hunters.

Those looking for employment will be able to meet with local employers and employment agencies while taking part in specialized workshops aimed at supporting job seekers of all ages.

The MWCN has been working on the two job fairs since last summer when it became obvious there was a need for such events in the area, says Joanne Basilieres, the non-profit’s employability and mental health coordinator. She began by going door-to-door to local businesses, asking if they would be interested in participating.

“Reception has been good,” says Basilieres, noting some businesses that had originally declined to participate have now confirmed their presence. Some of the area’s largest employers will be there, including the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest (CISSSMO), the New Frontiers School Board, the Centre de services scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands, ROSE ScienceVie, Parc Safari, Aérospatiale Hemmingford, Les Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent, Leahy Orchards, as well as several more local businesses.

Basilieres has also been working with different municipal and regional employability organizations and partners to bring as many resources together as possible. Visitors will be able to speak with representatives from the Centre-conseil en emploi (CRESO), the Alliance Carrière Travail (ACT), the CDC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Huntingdon, the Youth Employment Services Foundation (YES), Vision-Travail, and Place aux Jeunes.

The two events will take place at the MWCN offices in Huntingdon and Hemmingford on March 5 and March 7 respectively, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Basilieres says the dates were originally selected to ensure that students looking for part-time or summer jobs were able to participate in the activities during spring break. The job fairs will also help address the growing trend of seniors returning to work full-time to help cover expenses as the cost of living continues to rise.

Basilieres explains the fairs are free to attend for all ages, from those looking for their first jobs to more experienced workers who may not be adjusting well to retirement or who simply need an income boost or change in their lives. More information can be found online at

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