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Achievement Award Winners



Job Quest Career Services

Presenter:  Kathryn Kunkel, Program Supervisor

Award Recipient:  Bev King

Bev King found that she was ready to learn new information and to tackle new challenges so she attended a Career Planning Workshop at Job Quest Career Services in July 2003.  With the help of the workshop facilitator she received information regarding a Human Resource Management certificate program through the University of Manitoba.  Within a year and a half, she had completed the program.

Bev King has gained employment as an Outreach Worker in the field of mental health and has said that it was beneficial to her to use the services provided by Job Quest.


Presenter:  Kathryn Kunkel, Program Supervisor

Award Recipient:  Linda Sanderson

Linda Sanderson decided that last Spring she wanted to break away from her senior retail position and find a new job closer to home in Selkirk.  Little did she know that after 15 years with her last employer, that filling out an application and being interviewed was no guarantee to job search success.  With her exceptional background, she wondered why she was not getting a job. 

Linda heard about Job Quest Career Services but doubted she would get anything out of its services, but decided to see what Job Quest was all about.

Linda attended Job Quest workshops then answered an ad for a position with Canadian Tire, which let to an interview and getting the job!



Presenter:  Kathryn Kunkel, Program Supervisor

Award Recipient:  Eugene Zalevich

Eugene Zalevich began his relationship with Job Quest Career Services in April of 2003 where he had attended an itinerant workshop for summer employment.  Further down the road Eugene participated in Job Quest workshops at the Selkirk & District Learning Centre.  With his strong computer background and job search endeavors he obtained the position of Community Coordinator with CAP, the Community Access Program.

Eugene proved to be a good partner and advocate of Job Quest's services, not only had he utilized Job Quest services, he also promoted them to others in his hometown of Gimli.  He also volunteered as a participant in Job Quest's PLAR Build Your Career Portfolio pilot workshop.  He provided valuable feedback to further improve the workshop and outreach Job Quest's services to the community.

Interlake Employment Services

Presenter:  Christina Fridfinnson

Award Recipient:  Mike Bakstad,

Arborg Consumers Co-operative Association Ltd.

Interlake Employment Services presented the Achievement Award to the Arborg Co-op for supporting the program in the last 10 years and their loyal support to the program and their clients.  In the past years the Arborg Co-op has hired 5 clients.  They are still working with them today.



Presenter:  Lori Vandal

Award Recipient:  Jean Burchuk,

Stonewall Marketplace

Interlake Employment Services presented the Achievement Award to

Stonewall Marketplace for supporting the program for the last 15 years.  We appreciate all the staff at the Stonewall Marketplace for taking an interest in the lives of our clients and making the Marketplace a great place to work.



Lord Selkirk Learning Centre

Presenter:  Sandy Truthwaite, Director

Award Recipient:  Troy Watson

Troy Watson had not completed his high school diploma but had been working quiet successfully for some time as a chef at Earls on Main, a popular Winnipeg restaurant. Still, not having that diploma was unfinished business for Troy and that is when he came to the Lord Selkirk Learning Centre.

Over the next few years he worked hard at his studies achieving excellent grades and impressing his teachers with his commitment and quality of work.

Troy completed his studies and graduated in 2005.  He is still currently working, but is planning to continue his education at Red River College and prepare himself for future opportunities.



Presenter:  Sandy Truthwaite, Director

Award Recipient:  Agnes Mawejje

Agnes Mawejje was born in Uganda.  She came to Canada in 1992 when her husband accepted the Minister's position at the Anglican Church in the communities of the northern interlake.  They moved to St. Andrews in 2000 when Reverend Mawejje took a new position at St. Clements and St. George Anglican Churches.

When Agnes came to Canada she was not confident in her conversational English skills but was determined to get a grade 12 diploma. 

Agnes began her pursuit in a literacy program and then spent the next two years taking courses at the Lord Selkirk Learning Centre.  At times she felt overwhelmed but was determined.  In 2005 Agnes achieved excellent grades and graduated with a Mature Student High School Diploma.  She has since completed a Health Care Aid Program and is currently employed at Bethel Home in Selkirk.