The mood is one of anticipation, hope, and a little competition sprinkled on top. Administrators from schools in all nine Eeyou Istchee communities along with representatives from Education Services, Frontier College, Elephant Thoughts and Mikw Chiyam strutted their stuff for potential teachers during the third annual CSB Recruitment Event at the Delta Hotel in Montreal.
"Our annual Recruitment Event is an important part of our hiring strategy," said Director of Human Resources Natalie Petawabano. "There is always an air of excitement, but it's also serious business for us."
Petawabano explained that the need to hire teachers is particularly important when many provinces - including Quebec - face a teacher shortage.
"Not only do we want the right candidates for our unique environment, but we also want them to stay with us once they arrive," she added. "That's one of the reasons we give the candidates the chance to explore the Cree School Board at this event, by visiting the display booths from each school and department and getting a flavour for Cree culture and life."
Qualified candidates were interviewed on-the-spot and recommendations for potential hiring will be brought back to individual school committees once the Department of Human Resources determines the specific 2019-2020 needs for each community.
In the first day of the two-day event, school administrators interviewed 23 potential candidates. The event continues February 13 from 3-8 p.m. at the Delta on President-Kennedy Avenue in Montreal.