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Celebrating Canada's Indigenous People 2016

On June 21st Canada is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. “National Aboriginal Day is a time for all Canadians to recognize the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples” - Government of Canada.

Aboriginal people, throughout Canada, host celebrations which honour their heritage, identity, pride, language and culture to create awareness and teach Canadians about their true history.

The Calgary community has dedicated a whole week of events for the public. These events include open houses, a family day pow wow, community meals, and talks around reconciliation. The theme is “KEEPING THE CIRCLE STRONG” - "Courage of Picking up the Feather - Celebrating our Children, Youth and Young Adults.” which focuses on our children and youth by creating resiliency, pride, honour and respect within and for hopes of a better future. The family day event is also looking for volunteers if you want to meet new people and have some fun. This event and more, including the City of Calgary's Chief David Crowchild Award at City Hall on June 23rd, can be found on the Calgary Aboriginal Awareness Week's website at: http://www.aawc.ca/. For a list of national events you can look at https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to become involved in the Calgary Aboriginal community, anytime throughout the year, please contact Sherri Kellock, City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, at (403) 268-5463 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Move Over Millenials-Make Room for Generation Z

Born between 1995 and 2010 the first wave of Generation Z workers are entering the workforce. Businesses need to prepare to attract and retain these young workers to their companies.

  • What characteristics make Generation Z different from other generations?
  • What can you expect from a Generation Z worker?
  • What are Generation Z looking for at work?

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting a seminar on the Generation Z worker. Join us from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at The Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315-10th Avenue S.E.) on Monday, June 20th to learn about this engaged and plugged in generation.

"I found this training to be quite engaging. I enjoyed the fact that we were encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. I found the comparisons between the different generations to be quite interesting and at times surprising. The overall quality of the presentation was well done. It was not too lengthy and to the point. I will be able to use what I have learnt in the presentation to better manage my team, many of whom are Generation Z!"- Jessica Curtis, Manager, Breathe Hot Yoga

Registration for the seminar is free. Seats are limited and we are only able to accommodate two representatives per organization on a first come first served basis. Register by emailing Leita Blasetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations must be received by June 16th, 2016.

For more information, please contact Leita Blasetti at (403)268-3784.


Client Success Story

Encouraged by her Discovering Choices Teacher, D.Y. attended an employer event hosted by The Youth Employment Centre. Typically, D.Y. did not go to school on Fridays and was not even looking for a job at the time. D.Y. found the staff from the company to be very friendly and had a chance to connect with a district manager. Before she knew it, D.Y. had a job interview and an offer of employment. D.Y.'s ability to make a great first impression and desire to learn about the company and its products made her an attractive hire for the business.


Employer Spotlight: GF

The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with GF for the June Employer Spotlight. GF is a division of Bunzl Canada, which supplies industrial packaging, equipment, and warehouse supplies to a wide variety of industrial and commercial businesses across Canada. GF seeks to supply the best products backed by the best service. GF adheres to the highest standards of ethics and welcomes a highly diverse workforce.


GF is a competitive, customer-focused company, which means that success comes from building strong relationships with clients while providing high quality products and services. Inclusiveness and accessibility are a high priority to GF; achievement comes from teamwork, diversity, and providing opportunities for all employees to develop and grow.

As part of GF's commitment to its employees, the company provides staff discounts on product, incentive programs, employee lunches every three months, and contests. For those employees who are seeking to develop their skills and education, GF supports a scholarship and education reimbursement program. As well, the financial stability of GF's employees is supported by an RRSP program and access to stock options.

GF has its corporate headquarters located in Calgary, with sales offices and warehouses in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, as well as across British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and an office in Burlington, Ontario. Currently, GF is looking to fill entry level positions in a variety of fields, including customer service, sales, warehousing operations, and office support/administration. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. A unique opportunity for advancement exists in that employees are able to be cross-trained which allows for staff to transition to new positions within GF, meaning you can start out at 17.25/hour and work your way up to $60,000/year within the same company!

To apply for any of these positions and for more information regarding specific job requirements, please visit www.gf.ca and click on the Careers tab. Once your application has been submitted, along with your resume and cover letter, a telephone interview will be conducted and a face-to-face interview will be scheduled. The more successful candidates will be those who demonstrate honesty, a hard work ethic, a willingness to learn, and are enthusiastic about providing high quality service.