Employer Luncheon

Did You Know ... The 6th Annual Employer Luncheon happens June 20 where EPC students will honour local employers for giving them valuable work experience.


EPC luncheon honours local employers

Athabasca employers, be sure to mark your calendars for June 20.

Nowhere will the sense of community pride be greater than in the Edwin Parr Composite High School cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. on that date. Students from several of EPC teacher John Traynor’s classes are planning a special recognition luncheon to honour local employers who give them valuable experience in the workplace.

"The classes that are putting it on are all of my off-campus programs: R.A.P. ( Registered Apprenticeship Program), Knowledge and Employability 10, 20, 30 and Work Experience students," says John, who is also a member of Athabasca Town Council. “This is our sixth annual employer luncheon. Each year, thanks to the employers, the event gains more momentum.”

He attributes the success of his off-campus programs to those employers. Business owners and managers take pride in supporting and encouraging the community’s young people in this manner. Many of the students get summer employment at their respective job sites as a result.

“We have some good kids who sometimes get overlooked,” notes John. “It means a lot to have this kind of support from the employers.”

Students benefit, employers benefit, the community benefits. “It’s win-win for everyone,” he adds.

The employer luncheon is a reflection of the community spirit and pride fostered by the work experience programs: the Athabasca Native Friendship Centre has always contributed towards the event, the EPC cafeteria prepares the meal and desserts, and John’s students get actively involved in the event.

“All the kids participate. I’m pretty proud of those kids,” he declares.

Athabasca Mayor Colleen Powell will be invited along with other local dignitaries. The cafeteria will be decorated. There will be music, door prizes and, of course, awards presented to the attending employers.

Students are proud and excited when “their” employer attends.

“The students will invite about 75 to 80 employers or supervisors,” John explains. “We present the employers with awards to say thanks for helping out, for participating in the program.”

Local media have covered the event in the past and are invited to do the same again this year.

 For information about the employer luncheon or about John’s off-campus programs, contact him at Edwin Parr Composite High School, 675-2285.

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