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June 26, 2017, 12:12 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan's Economic Development Commission Connector Program Connects Newcomers & Grads to Professional Networks

Regional District of Central Okanagan

KELOWNA – It is often said that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission (COEDC) wants to make sure newcomers, spouses and partners of newly located professionals and recent graduates starting their careers in the Central Okanagan know the right people. Launching today, the COEDC Connector Program is a formalized community integration program that connects newcomers and recent graduates with highly networked individuals so they can connect to our workforce and settle successfully in the community.

Created by the Halifax Partnership, The Connector Program is an award winning best practices program and one way the COEDC seeks to enhance the sharing of Central Okanagan labour market opportunities between employers and job seekers. The simple but effective program pairs the newcomer, student or recent graduate (Connectee) with well-networked local professionals (Connectors) for one-on-one informational meetings.

The COEDC Connector Program is one response to local industry feedback identifying an opportunity to support spouses or partners of newly relocated professionals in connected to the local professional community.

Who are Connectors?
Connectors are volunteers in our community who have large networks and are in the habit of making introductions. Connectors know people through social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and have a special gift for bringing people together. Connectors are asked to meet with 2-3 individuals per year for a 45-60 minute informational meeting.

Who are Connectees?
Connectees are newcomers or returnees to the region, spouses/partners of newly relocated professionals, post-secondary students or recent graduates seeking employment in the region. Applicants to the program will be vetted to ensure job-readiness.

How to Participate:
Individuals who wish to participate as a Connector or Connectee are encouraged to apply through investkelowna.com/connector or contact workforce@investkelowna.com for more information.

About the COEDC:
The COEDC is a service of the Regional District of Central Okanagan dedicated to fostering sustainable economic growth in the Central Okanagan by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new investment.

For More Information Contact:

Corie Griffiths
Director, Economic Development
Regional District of Central Okanagan
(250) 469-6280 or cgriffiths@investkelowna.com

Dustyn Baulkham
Workforce Development Officer/COEDC Connector Program Lead
(250) 469-6280 or workforce@investkelowna.com

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