45 Broadway St. North
This free, bilingual event will be presented jointly by Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce and Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI, along with RDÉE PEI, the Wellington Rural Action Centre and the STEP Working Committee.
“This is the first time that our two Chambers have collaborated on such a joint event, so we look forward to an entertaining and informative evening,” said Julia Cameron, executive director of the Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce.
Participants will get to network with each other and learn more about the PERCÉ internship program as well as the Strategic Tourism Expansion Program – Heart of the Island Initiative.
After welcoming remarks from both chambers, Stéphane Blanchard, RDÉE PEI’s youth development officer, will give a presentation on the PERCÉ program, which provides salary incentives to employers who hire summer interns. The primary objective of this program is to help about 30 students in their last or second-last year of post-secondary studies find a good 8-10-week work experience in their field of studies here on the Island each summer. Employers across the province are invited to host these interns. However, at any time, interested employers can place their names in a database in case an intern can eventually be found for them.
The STEP program is led by a group of stakeholders, business owners, and residents of the Kensington and area who are working together to create a five-year sustainable tourism plan. The Heart Of The Island Initiative will provide the region with a roadmap to help communities become in-demand, sustainable tourism destinations. Initiative chair Don Quarles will provide an overview of this program and give an update on its progress.