Nunavik health board recruiting through new trilingual campaign
“We have to encourage people to move into these careers"
If you’re a health care professional looking for work experience and a change of scenery, Nunavik might be the place for you.
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services launched a new trilingual campaign this past March to attract new faces to its 14 community health centres, two hospitals and main administrative office in Kuujjuaq.
“We can’t hide the fact that [health and social services] is a huge need in the region,” said Éric Duchesneau, who works in communications for the health board. “We have to encourage people to move into these careers.”
It’s not only doctors and nurses that the regional health board wants to to recruit — the health board also needs administrative staff and professionals to fill more technical positions.
One of the biggest demands is for social workers, Duchesneau said.
Potential health employees can now log onto the new trilingual Perspective Nunavik website, the front page of which shows the current jobs available.
There are currently 18 openings for social workers, pharmacists and program officers.
The website offers a snapshot of working life in Nunavik’s health centre, explaining how the work is different from other health centres in Canada.
Common questions are about the kind of benefits employees are offered, accommodations and travel, Duchesneau said.
The website offers potential staff a glimpse into life in Nunavik — its landscape, weather and Inuit culture.
Long-time staffers tell their own stories in video capsules, including a story from Dominic Pelland, the head of nursing at Tulattavik health centre, who has been working in Kuujjuaq since 2003.
“What I really like about my job is the contact I have with the Inuit population — it’s something I really enjoy,” Pelland said.
“I also believe the contact I have with the nurses I hire is different than what a head nurse in the South would,” he said. “It’s me who calls them, who meets them at the airport and who really tries to integrate them into the nursing world.”
The regional health board has also used promotional material to recruit new staff, but this is the first re-launch it’s done in many years.
The campaign is also taking aim at Nunavimmiut, in hopes of bringing more Inuit into the health board, something the organization’s board of directors identified earlier this year.
Currently, Inuit make up about 30 per cent of the regional health board’s overall workforce.
Duchesneau said the campaign appears to have already made an impact: the regional health board has seen a spike in job applicants as it heads into a number of summer job fairs in southern Quebec.