West Quesnel ambassadors on the job

Ambassadors ready to do whatever it takes to make West Quesnel a great place to work, live and play.

Graeme Bernier

Graeme Bernier

The West Quesnel Business Association, in partnership with Canada Summer Jobs 2011, has hired three summer student Ambassadors. Graeme Bernier, Lauren Long and Geordy Forsythe will be working to support the businesses in West Quesnel this summer.

Canada Summer Jobs program does the following: provides work experiences for students; supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.


Canada Summer Jobs encourages not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create jobs that not only meet their needs, but also benefit students looking to gain work experience.

The WQBA contracts their management/administrative duties out and hired Dorine Lamarche for the position at the beginning of the year, but felt that with the fantastic list of events they have planned for the 2011 year they could do more with the extra employees.

While taking care of the association’s needs, providing the students with important and valuable work experience put the West Quesnel Business Association in the category for the funding.


“We are a small association and have big plans that require a lot of time. The WQBA member positions are volunteer and we’re all busy with the responsibilities of being business owners. We love the opportunity to have our ideas for business promotion and community events come to fruition. Our goal is to see the West Village grow and expand to a vibrant economic community. We couldn’t be

happier to find out we received the funding to hire student ambassadors.” Association chair Sandra Erickson said.


The ambassadors can be seen around the West Village wearing blue and yellow T-shirts, cleaning up the streets of garbage and debris, painting, mowing, etc. and will attend all the W.Q.B.A. events.

The first major event for the ambassadors is the West Village Night Market, the first of two this summer, on July 28, 5 – 10 p.m. at the Baker Creek Park (by the skate park at the end of the West Park Mall.)

There will be food, craft, information and home based business vendors, free face painting and activities for children and live entertainment.


Families are welcome to come down, bring a lawn chair, do some vendor

shopping and enjoy the event.


To get involved as a vendor, entertainer or volunteer, contact Dorine Lamarche at 250-249-5095 or email dlamarche@netbistro.com

W.Q.B.A. looking for activity facilitators and set-up and tear down volunteers. Come out and be a part of something wonderful in the West Village.


Dorine Lamarche is the manager/administrator for West Quesnel Business Association.