National Job Fair attracts family to Frontier

George Bowditch
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Joseph Dimou was fed up with the concrete jungle of Toronto and was one of the growing number of professionals who are looking to opportunities in Saskatchewan. An opportunity came up for him to make the jump to the prairies and he is now one of the newest residents of Southwest Saskatchewan and happy to be here and working for Honey Bee Manufacturing in Frontier.

Joseph Dimou was fed up with the concrete jungle of Toronto and was one of the growing number of professionals who are looking to opportunities in Saskatchewan. An opportunity came up for him to make the jump to the prairies and he is now one of the newest residents of Southwest Saskatchewan and happy to be here and working for Honey Bee Manufacturing in Frontier.

On March 3rd, Premier Brad Wall welcomed 86 families that are now living and working in Saskatchewan after what can be considered a successful recruiting mission to Toronto last fall.

Lately, Saskatchewan has become home to a variety of skilled workers from Ontario.

Dimou had been interest in moving to Saskatchewan for awhile and when he heard about the National Job Fair coming to Toronto he decided to check it out.

"I had been interested in searching for a job in Saskatchewan or possibly Alberta and my older brother knew this and he gave me a call and told me that the National Job fair is being held in downtown Toronto and that there would be plenty of employers from Saskatchewan and Alberta. I was primarily interested in Saskatchewan actually. I went down to the National Job Fair and here I met a Mr. Jamie Peck from Honey Bee and we spoke."

Dimou had some things he was looking for in a employer and one was he wanted there to be a good employer-employee relationship.

"I asked him about what Honey Bee has to offer and what kind of job security that was available. Basically, I was trying to find out a corporate culture of the company. I was very pleased."

"This was one of the reasons I was looking for a company in Saskatchewan but I had a friend of mine who previously lived and worked in Saskatchewan who told me that as for the most part companies in Saskatchewan see a higher value in their employees than companies in Toronto specifically. They are less casual about layoffs and such things. There is more effort put in to keeping the relations between employer and employees as good as possible, so I was already prepared for something like that. That is what I came for in the first place.

Honey Bee offered Dimou the opportunity to work for them and he just packed up and headed west to Frontier. He took few possessions with him. It is a move that he has been very happy that he made.

"The company offered to pay my moving expenses but basically I just threw a couple suitcases and a couple of things together and just drove out in my car so they paid for those travelling expenses. They were willing to pay to pay for a lot more than just my gas and all but that is how it turned out."

"I have found the working conditions at Honey Bee to be absolutely exceptional actually."

Frontier is a long way from any major center but that did not deter the Mechanical Engineer from moving here.

"What I found really shocking was that there was a manufacturing facility here, employing as many people as it does just because of the sparseness of the population and other industrial resources. I would imagine that it was very difficult to set up and sustain a manufacturing facility here and in fact it is, but they do a fantastic job."

The recently married Dimou started with Honey Bee on Nov. 17 and he hasn't looked back. He only has one concern and that is a familiar one with residents of the extreme southwest of the province.

"I an happy with everything, except the lack of a hospital, aside from a small medical clinic that I think is about 13 kilometers away (Climax). For something more serious you have to go as far as Shaunavon and I don't think even Shaunavon is really entirely prepared for anything very serious. That is the only thing on a 'wish list' I would say, 'well, I would certainly like it if medical facilities would be more accessible.' Other than that everything is fantastic! I am very happy with this place."

"My wife has already told me that she likes it out here (Frontier). She is from a small town in Poland and she found Toronto to be very too over whelming and even I who was born in Toronto. It was just too overwhelming with the number of people, the amount of laid concrete, the traffic and everything. The city just goes on for ever and ever. We are both very happy here."

Because of the success in attracting skilled workers like Dimou, the province and a large number of Saskatchewan companies will be attending the National Job Fair that will be held in Toronto March 31 and April 1st in hopes of attracting even more skilled workers to Saskatchewan.

Organizations: Honey Bee

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Toronto, Alberta Ontario Shaunavon Poland

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