Ashley (left) and Gaynelle Barkman sell colourful fall produce from Cariboo Valley Farms Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market. (Observer file photo)

Quesnel Farmers’ Market seeks new manager

After 20 years as the Quesnel Farmer’s Market manager, Paul Dumais is retiring

Paul Dumais’s name and face have become synonymous with the Quesnel Farmers’ Market over the years, as he has made a powerful and positive impact with the organization, its vendors and patrons during his tenure.

After “some 20 years,” Dumais has decided to retire from his position as market manager.

“We, the board, the market vendors and the customers, are all appreciative of the work that Paul has done over the years to make our Quesnel Farmers’ Market one of the best in B.C., for the vendors as well for the customers who come and attend the market rain or shine,” Paul Zeegers, president of Harvest, the organizing body of the Quesnel Farmers’ Market, said in an email. “We thank him for all the work he has done for us.”

The market is now on the hunt to fill Dumais’ shoes and is hoping someone from the Quesnel area is up for the challenge.

“We are looking for a new manager who can contribute to supporting local agricultural producers and vendors, be friendly and energetic and enjoy dealing with the public, as they are the market ambassador,” Zeegers said via email.

The main responsibilities of the incoming manager will be to oversee the weekly Saturday morning markets during both the outdoor season, which runs from May to October, and the three indoor Christmas market dates, which fall at the end of November and beginning of December.

The market manager will also be in charge of upkeep to the market’s website and social media pages, which have become paramount in keeping vendors and patrons up to date on market information. The board realizes these skills may not be in the wheelhouse of many applicants but say that full training will be provided if the applicant is the right fit.

The market manager job is a part-time contract position, which will run from March 16 to Dec. 15, 2020, and will require the manager to work 15 hours per week at a rate of $20 per hour.

Anyone interested in sowing their seeds as the new Quesnel Farmer’s Market manager is encouraged to send a resumé and cover letter to with the subject line “QFM Market Manager.” The deadline for applications is Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.

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