Welland Jobs Guide 2015

Welland Jobs Guide 2015

Looking for a job in Welland? Grab your resume and get ready for some details about the current state of the labour market in Welland.

Government and Academic Institutions

Two of Welland's most populous employers continue to be the Niagara Health System Welland Hospital site and Niagara College Welland Campus. The steady jobs available at these facilites require specialized training that in most cases is not available within Niagara.

Congrats if you can make it through the rounds of tests and interviews before going broke. This is a practical option for those that have a strong support system during the often erratic process.

Call Centre, Online Support, and Dispatch Jobs

Residents of Welland have benefitted deeply from the bilingual and multicultural nature of the city as that statistical blip lead many call centres to be established. Unfortunately the number of bilingual residents has steadily decreased to the point where there are nearly as many Korean speakers as there are francophones.

Anyone that isn't currenly bilingual is encouraged to look into developing opportunities outside of call centre employment or seek training.

Welland Jobs - Service Sector

Service sector jobs have been the leading saviour for many of the Welland residents entering the labour market. This includes frontend work at restaurants, shopping centres, and other small retail outlets.

Many of the same stigmas exist for service sector workers as do for call centre employees.

Retail is hurting not only because of a lack of second-teir (manufacturing and processing) employment but it is also taking a huge hit from online vendors like Amazon. Unless you're in management I'd recommend having an escape plan and building a support network.

Creative Work vs Creative Jobs

Looking for a job? If you're like thousands of other post-secondary grads there isn't one for your skillset. Skip the job and get to work. Start making a couple bucks and building a portfolio and clientele on sites like Fiverr.

Freelancing is the future for a lot of positions that just can't justify year-round pay and benefits. Don't like the money or see a better opportunity then you're free to explore it. Just remember to keep as much as possible in the bank.

Taris on the Water - Welland Fine Dining

Taris on the Water - Welland Fine Dining

Taris on the Water is Welland's premier fine dining establishment with table service and an interesting mix of Canadian and ethnic European dishes.

Taris and the Casual Experience

One of the more amusing quirks of the restaurant is that their classic burger offering comes presented with a large steak knife put through the centre of the sandwich.

Quick and fulfilling the casual experience took less than a half hour and definitely fostered a positive mood on a chilly evening.

Taris and the Fine Dining Experience

Looking for a three course meal? Put it together here and enjoy the best of Europe. The Calimari as an appetizer and a Creme Brulee with Cappuccino for dessert took the main course to greater heights.

The best part about three course meals is that they give folks time to converse and linger in the experience.

The Next Taris Welland Experience

I'm looking forward to signature winemakers events and other special offerings at the facility, which already seems equipped to handle much more.

Check it out when you are in Welland.

Running for Council in 2010

Kurtis McCartney Running for Council in 2010

Many people have encouraged me to run for council in 2014, even after the official start of the election. Here's why I'm not running.

Everyone Wants Something for Nothing

So you think I should run? Remember when I put the call out for $5000 worth of donations for a good cause? remember when we only hit $1500. Remember when I asked again for the remaining $3500 to go to http://www.aliebalan.com/cibc

I'm still waiting for the community to deliver because otherwise it's just me standing all by myself trying to fight off the systemic apathy, poverty, and redundancy that grips our region. So instead I'm supporting Graham Speck for Regional Council, he's got the team.

You Can Do More Outside Council

I actually discovered that I was more involved in local organizations than many of the City councillors that had to balance work, life, and constituency issues on top of their efforts to move the community forward. It is surprising how much a dedicated team of individuals can accomplish without the aid or interference of the political sphere.

Since I'm hoping to see more volunteers out after this election I'm supporting Maria Lallouet for Ward 4 because of her decades of experience as a local minister. She will find the time to deal with people face-to-face and is the candidate residents deserve.

It is a Legal Nightmare

Every action of an elected representative is governed. Did you know that you can put out a request for any correspondence, including personal emails and Facebook messages, of any municipal representative in Ontario. There is no privacy.

Instead I'm supporting local lawyer Doug Thomas to govern in Welland as an expert on the policies and procedures of local government.

Don't ask me to run until this community is healthy enough to run.

Update:
Residents of Niagara Falls are encouraged to vote for Connie Topolinsky for Mayor.
Residents of Wainfleet are encouraged to vote for Laurie Dayboll for Mayor.
Residents of St.Catharines are encouraged to choose between Burch or Secord for Mayor.
Residents of Port Colborne are encouraged to vote for Mike Sloat for Mayor

Residents of Pelham are encouraged to vote for Anthony Annunziata for Regional Council.

Residents of Thorold are encouraged to agree that Thorold isn't a real city and to release Port Robinson to Welland.

Petition to Connect Patterson Street, McMaster Avenue, and Major Street

Ever feel like the city is really carved into neighbourhoods that are too small? Lets literally break down some barriers while we can and ask for these three streets to meet again.

Sign the petition if you want to see Major Street, Patterson Street, and McMaster Avenue connect. The results of this petition will be delivered to the new Welland City Council, Trillium Rail, and the MTO in January 2015

Hats off to the Hope Centre in Welland

The Coldest Night of the Year walk for the Welland Hope Centre has been a great way to rally benefactors in the City of Welland and beyond. The pledge levels are far below the goal of $30,000. Thanks to all the people that did donate, keeping some of the programs and aid operating in Welland is better than nothing.

Hats off to the #CNOY Walkers

With over 85 walkers from a dozen communities in Welland it will be a fun evening among the volunteers and benefactors that walk.

4:00pm - Registration opens
5:00pm - Opening ceremonies
5:15pm - 10km WALK begins
5:30pm - 5km WALK begins
6:00pm - Registration closes
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Celebration meal served
8:00pm - Route closes

Corporate Sponsors

Thanks to the corporate sponsors of the walk and my campaign.
Media - Welland Tribune, 2DayFM Niagara, Niagara This Week, and myPelham
Digital and Marketing - Hitela Web Services, ARIDARIA E-commerce
Financial - TD Canada Trust, Canadian Tire Financial Services, PenFinancial Credit Union
Education - Niagara College, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School
Other - Four Seasons Bakery, Hair Hunters, Health Wise, Seaway Mall, Niagara Storage on Site, and the Black Lantern Experience

Coldest Night of the Year - Donor Update

Coldest Night of the Year - Welland Edition

Thanks to the generosity so far I've managed to pass quite a few milestones. Donations continue to come in and I hope that a couple more One Percent (1%) donations can come in before the final day. The event will be held on February 22nd, 2014 and starts at the Welland Arena. Be there.

Thank you - Donors and Supporters

I've made it clear that sharing helps to get the link in front of the faces of people that have the time and money to make a difference in the city. Take an opportunity to celebrate the current donors and remember to donate soon to add your name or your organization to the list of donors.

$100 Donors (2% of Goal)
Hitela Web Services (Grimsby / Niagara Falls)
Jim Botari (Pelham)

$50 Donors (1% Of Goal)
Cathy Berkhout-Bosse (Pelham / myPelham)
Troy Soper (Port Colborne / All Things Geek)

$25 Donors (Half Percenters)
Chantelle Bishop (Pelham)
DeAnna Rose (Welland)
EJ (Niagara Falls)
Kristen (Niagara Falls)

$20 Donors
Michael Petrachenko (Welland)
James Takeo (Welland / BLX)
Judy Trent (Chippawa)
Marc Mckerracher (West Lincoln)
Steve Allen (St. Catharines / Noise of the Month)

$10 Donors
Rhonda Grimaldi (Welland)

$5 Donors
Amanda Angel (Welland)
Sherry Zapata (Niagara Falls)

There would be a lot more cold people without donors like you. Stay warm.

Donate at http://www.kurtismccartney.com/cnoy or http://www.kurtismccartney.com/donate-faster

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