Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness met with members of the Agassiz Harrison Community Services its thrift shop last week

Job creation at Agassiz Thrift Store

New program will offer hands-on work experience for two people

  • Dec. 31, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The Agassiz Harrison Community Services Thrift Store will be transformed into a self-supporting community hub as part of a work experience and training program funded by the B.C. government.

In addition to helping Agassiz Harrison Community Services with renovations, two people will also get up to a year of valuable work experience and skills enhancement in the areas of interior design, project management, retail management, volunteer management and marketing.

“These days, getting work experience and developing new skills is more valuable than ever,” said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. “This project not only helps two people gain the skills they need to secure a quality job, it also transforms the thrift store into a hub where people can get together and connect as a community.”

“This is a wonderful Christmas gift for the entire community. We look forward to providing a modernized centre staffed by our friendly volunteers and two Job Creation Partnership participants that people and local organizations can use, in addition to helping train and develop skills through hands-on work experience,” said Grace Admiraal, acting executive director of Agassiz Harrison Community Services.

The B.C. government’s Partnership and Innovation Fund is providing $25,938 with the balance of the $47,307 project coming from cash and in-kind donations from other sources.

The project is being funded as part of the Job Creation Partnership stream of the Community and Employer Partnership program, a component of the Employment Program of B.C.

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