NEW GLASGOW — The CEO of Glen Haven Manor says a recent trip to Ecuador was a beneficial business experience as it placed Glen Haven and Pictou County on the international stage for recruitment of international talent.
Lisa M. Smith and Janice Jorden, Glen Haven’s employee relations specialist, recently returned from the Global Forum on Migration and Development held in Quito, Ecuador, where Smith was a presenter at a round table discussion supported by the business mechanism of the forum.
Following her presentation, Smith was also asked to present at a Civil Society World Café. She and Jorden also were requested to meet with representatives from Canada, Germany and Switzerland regarding the global initiative of which Glen Haven is the employer lead and includes other partners such as Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network, Talent Beyond Boundaries, Refuge Point, UNHRC, the Shapiro Foundation, IRRC and the NS Office of Immigration. Talent Beyond Boundaries’ Dana Wagner, Canada director, and Gary D. Slaiman, corporate outreach advisor and consultant to the global law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, were key to the bi-lateral meetings with these countries.
Of the experience Smith said, “Above all we were proud to be Canadian, as it is the progressive mindset of our country that enables us to be innovative and visionary. We (government, business and community) each have an important role to play in achieving sustainable approaches to human mobility. The hallmarks of our success story with international talent to date has been an innovative recruitment strategy, an investment in skilled leadership to carry out these strategies, living a culture that celebrates cultural diversity; recruitment marketing, an overall strong communications strategy that has celebrated and incorporated cultural diversity into our branding and key messaging as a core character of our organization. Our collaborative partnerships also include amazing community partners and a wealth of support and opportunities for our newcomers both professionally and personally.”
She said Glen Haven Manor looks forward to making further contributions around the migration and development tables. “Our retention rates of newcomers have been outstanding due to our staff. They have embraced their new colleagues with open arms and welcomed them into our work family. We all know settlement is critical to the success of newcomer recruitment and we can’t thank our staff enough for their support.”
Smith noted she and Jorden heard that migration is a global phenomenon that needs a collective commitment, multi stakeholders and global spirit.
“Our labour shortages are critical and although we will always be hiring local, there are currently not enough qualified candidates or in the foreseeable future to full the positions we have open. We are working on parallel paths, local and global, to secure more qualified candidates.” commented Smith.
To capitalize on this, the manor is currently launching a sixth class of this resident support on-site training. There are still spots available.