Workshop series to help employers attract and retain great employees

Free sessions part of the Wildfire Business Transition Project

Alexis Forseille

Special to the Tribune

Attracting and keeping good employees has been challenging for local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, particularly since last summer’s wildfires.

To be competitive, businesses need to create a culture that will attract the best and the brightest, says change management specialist John Singleton.

But, before they can do that, they need to understand what new job candidates are looking for.

Back by popular demand, Singleton will be in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House Sept. 19-22 to deliver a trio of workshops on attracting and retaining employees.

The free workshops are part of the Wildfire Business Transition Project, which was set up to help businesses and communities reboot following the 2017 fires.

The workshops are being sponsored by Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, thanks to funding from Western Economic Diversification.

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Singleton is an expert in personal development, leadership and training who has been involved with all aspects of exploring and using people development and leadership training for more than 40 years.

His focus and experience has been as strategic planning facilitator, business trainer and an executive coach.

As a facilitator, Singleton’s passion to help others “get it” is complemented by humour, fun and education. His drive to make work enjoyable is contagious, entertaining and highly effective.

Singleton combines a remarkable talent in the classroom with the wisdom gained from first-hand experiences to encourage people in finding “their best from within” for both business and personal excellence.

Singleton is an organizational management specialist with training from the Canadian Institute of Organizational Management. He is also a certified executive coach.

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The workshops will cover:

• How to attract and retain great employees

• Motivational interviewing

• Bridging the generational gap

The workshop schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, Sept. 19

• 9 a.m. to noon: Attracting and retaining great employees

• 1 to 4 p.m.: Motivational interviewing

Thursday, Sept. 20

• 9 a.m. to noon: Bridging the generational gap

– Pioneer Complex, 351 Hodgson Rd., Williams Lake


Friday, Sept. 21

• 9 a.m. to noon: Attracting and retaining great employees

• 1 to 4 p.m.: Motivational interviewing

Saturday, Sept. 22

• 9 a.m. to noon: Bridging the generational gap

– 100 Mile House Curling Club, #1-175 Wrangler Way, 100 Mile House

There is no charge for the workshops, which are sponsored by the Community Futures Wildfire business Transition Project with funding from Western Economic Diversification.

For more information and to register, contact Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin at 250-392-3626 or visit

Alexis Forseille is the administrative co-ordinator for Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin.

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