The old saying about turning lemons into lemonade is definitely apropos for my life over the last 26 days. The reason these old sayings are still around and used is because they are still relevant as basic human nature doesn’t change. There are good guys and bad guys and somewhere in between.
What I want to share with you this week is definitely in the category of good guys and girls; namely the organizers of the Career Fairs on April 2 and April 12 to help our fellow colleagues to start their careers (again!) after the mass termination of 2800 employees on March 20th.
Ten people got together to organize these two fairs that turned for myself into one of the top 10 events of my life. We worked tirelessly to bring placement agencies and companies both in aviation and other industries together to expose our colleagues to open job opportunities. In addition, we brought in Services Canada, Emploi Quebec, Jobboom and Lee Hecht Harrison/DBM to assist in job search and resume writing techniques. Many of our friends have not had to either interview or write a resume for over 20 years.
The organizers namely, France, Ellen, Christine, Pascale, Veronique, Richard, Lise, Philippe, Helen and myself held daily conference calls to divvy up the tasks of getting everything from recruiting the companies, reviewing the over 500 resumes submitted on line, keeping the action plans current, press releases and media management, hotel management and communicating with the ex-employees.
“Celebrating after the fair. Ellen, Lise, Pascale, Veronique, Christine, Kay, France and Richard. Missing: Philippe and Helen.”
There was an overwhelming response from receiving free facilities from the Novotel Montreal Aeroport and Holiday Inn Pointe Claire to free communication services and coffee from MSB to the amazing response from television and radio stations in Montreal to support our initiative. Between the two fairs the attendance is estimated to be over 1800 participants.
This is a tribute to people power, pure and simple. We forget when we’re part of a large organization that we are individuals with talents and gifts that can be exploded into feats of goodness. Researchers say we use 5-7% of our brains but I can tell you that we used all we had to make the fairs a success. The response from our colleagues was intense gratitude, a feeling of we’re all in this together and it also gave people an opportunity to visit with their friends and say goodbye because there was no notice before we were terminated. People stayed for hours just to be with each other.
We spent six hours at each fair on our feet shepherding people, making sure the companies were greeted and set up to their liking, answering questions and concerns plus being interviewed by the media. We were exhausted and spent after the events but so filled with an overwhelming sense of contribution, purpose and joy not to mention the relief that it was a great success!
I raise my glass to you my fellow organizers. Our team will be hard to beat with so many kick ass talented people who know how to get things done under pressure right the first time and work as a team. I will remember this experience with a full heart and many wonderful memories. I thank you.
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