People turned out in droves to the Grey-Bruce job fair at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound hosted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019. (Photo by Kirk Scott)

Local job fair attracts big crowd

Seems there are jobs going for the asking in Grey and Bruce.

Hundreds of people turned out in Owen Sound for a job fair.

They were there to submit resumes and meet face to face with over a hundred employers representing all kinds of businesses.

Grey County Economic Development Officer Jacinda Rudolph said Grey and Bruce County businesses have plenty of jobs available. One of the goals of the job fair is to encourage people to move to the area.

“We’re encouraging people from outside the region to consider Grey County as a place to be because there are a lot of jobs and a lot of employers trying to fill those positions,” said Rudolph.

Rudolph said they had 111 employers represented at the job fair and the demand was so great they had to turn companies away.

Heather Hewitson-Keeling was looking for something in the education sector and was pleased the local school boards were represented. She’s surprised by the quality of work available in all fields.

“I’m actually more amazed at all the high-quality jobs that are being offered than I actually thought. This is a really serious job fair and I think there’s a lot of potential for a lot of people here,” said Hewitson-Keeling.

Dan McArthur of Port Elgin was there supporting his son’s efforts to find work. He said having all the employers in one place was great for everyone.

“I think this is an excellent value for the community as a whole for people looking for work. There’s a lot of opportunities here and I think judging from the numbers I see, that’s important,” said McArthur.

The job fair in Owen Sound was combined effort of Grey County, Owen Sound, Georgian College, the Four County Market Planning Board and the YMCA.