Baker’s Corner Express Petro Canada in Brudenell received the Business Excellence Award at the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce 10th annual awards event held recently at the St. Peter’s Bay Complex. This award was sponsored by the Provincial Credit Union.
Owners Angela and Mark Baker opened the business in 2008. The gasoline retail and convenience store also features Robin’s Donuts. They are open 364 days of the year, only closing on Christmas Day.
“It was nice to be nominated and to be recognized, but to be announced the winner topped off the evening for us,” says Mark.
“A couple of long-serving staff shared the awards night with us,” adds Angela. “It was definitely the highlight of the night for us to see how proud our employees were. The award was a big complement to our staff.”
- Emerging Business Growth – Tranquility Cove Adventures, Perry Gotell, owner
- Pillar of the Community Impact Award – Rotary Club of Montague
- Employee of the Year Award – Debbie Livingston with Canada Post
About Bakers Corner Express Petro Canada
“We provide year-round employment in a rural community, and employees live in the area,” says Angela. “They are 12 staff, and seven are full-time employees. One staff member has been with us since we opened.
“The part-time employees are students who work mostly after school and on weekends. For many, we are their first employer.”
- Gas attendants
“Training is provided,” says Angela. “We cross-train the staff so that they can cover the duties of cashiers and gas attendants.”
“It’s a fast-paced work environment,” says Mark. “The staff has to be able to think on their feet and multi-task.”
“We hire as needed throughout the year,” says Angela. “We look for friendly, outgoing, energetic, honest and reliable individuals when hiring. It’s important the staff team work well together.”
“We post job descriptions on the Job Bank,” says Angela. “We also post a job advertisement on the front door of the business, and find people through employee referral and word-of-mouth,” adds Mark.
How to stand out during the hiring process
“Come prepared,” says Angela. “Dress appropriately, be organized, provide references, and have a nice precise resumé. I check all references from past employers.
“Students who don’t have job experience should list a school counselor or a teacher as a reference. They should also mention volunteer experiences and any involvement in sports or extra-curricular activities. It’s very important to provide a good reference.”
What are the keys to successful employment?
“Employees need to be fully committed to the job,” says Angela. “It’s very, very important to get along well with all the staff and support each other.
“We expect the staff to act the same way when we are here and when we are not. As well, they should take the initiative to stay busy and be productive when it’s quiet.”
Future business plan
“We have an interest in growing the business sometime in the future, which would result in new hires,” says Mark.
For more information about Baker’s Corner Express Petro Canada, contact Angela or Mark Baker at 902-838-4890.
For more information about Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, contact Marie LaVie Walsh, Managing Director, at 902-838-3131 or email [email protected] Visit www.epeicc.ca/site.