Connections Program Media Release

A new program is being launched to help businesses in New Westminster hire local talent.  The program is the result of a new partnership between the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Works Co-operative which runs the WorkBC Employment Services Centre in New Westminster.

“This is the first time a WorkBC Centre has formally teamed up with a Chamber of Commerce in Metro Vancouver to meet the needs of both businesses looking to hire new employees and job seekers looking for work,” says Fraser Works Co-op President, Megan Brown.

“We think this is a win-win for everyone,” says Cori Lynn Germiquet, the CEO of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.  “Our members will be introduced to a wide range of qualified candidates they might not have otherwise considered and local residents will get an opportunity to apply for jobs in their community.”

The new program, called Connections, will survey Chamber members to understand their hiring needs and challenges and will connect them to qualified candidates who are seeking jobs through the New Westminster WorkBC Centre.  The program will start in July and be located in the Chamber’s offices and work closely with Chamber staff.  This initiative is part of the Fraser Work Co-op’s efforts to better serve employers and achieve higher employment outcomes for job seekers.

The Fraser Works Co-op provides employment services in New Westminster and Eastern Burnaby.  It is owned by four community organizations – AWARE Society, Fraserside Community Services Society, MOSAIC and Pacific Community Resources Society.  The New Westminster WorkBC Centre is at 519 7th Street.

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is the main voice for business in New Westminster.  For 133 years, it has been a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and enhance the quality of life in our community.

For more information, contact:

Megan Brown, Fraser Works Co-operative President, at and/or 604 374-2475.Cori Lynn Germiquet, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce CEO at and/or 604 521 7781.