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Published on
May 8, 2023
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Part-time jobs at the City of Ottawa are a foot in the door and can lead to a fulfilling career. Plus – they are fun! Take the first step and apply now at ottawa.ca/recjobs.

We chatted with Alain, Laurent, Angi and Jim to hear about their backgrounds, their careers and to ask for advice to help determine whether a job with the City is right for you. These four individuals are just a small fraction of City staff who started their careers in a part-time role with the Recreation, Cultural and Facilities Services (RCFS) Department. Check out the video below to see what we mean, and then continue reading to get to know Alain, Laurent, Angi and Jim!

Video starts with a city of Ottawa logo and ottawa.ca/recreation web address under it and a piece of upbeat happy instrumental guitar music. Video crossfades to a current image of Alain Hyppolite with the following text: “Started as a customer service representative at Ray Friel in 2006” text fades and the following text appears: ”Is now Associate Director, Finance and Corporate Services Department” Fade to white. An image of Jim Lethbridge from 1986 appears with the following text.”Started as a part-time facility attendant in 1986”. The image changes to a current image of Jim with the following text: “Is now facilities area manager”. Fade to white. An image of Angelena Carr from 2006 appears with the following text: ”Started as a customer service representative at Nepean Visual Arts Centre in 2006” The image is replace with a current image of Angelena with the following text: ”Is now part of the recreation and culture web team” Fade to white. An image of Emma Heimbecker from 2008 with the following text: ”Started as a lifeguard at St-Laurent Complex in 2008”. The image is replaced with a current image of Emma with the following text: “Is now program coordinator at Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata”. Fade to white. An image of James Verreault from 2003 with the following text: “Started as a lifeguard and aquatic instructor in 2003”. Image is replaced with a current photo of James with the following text: “Is now program manager, Infection Prevention and Control, Ottawa Public Health”. Fade to white. A current image of Sue Chiumera with the following text: “Started as a lifeguard at Nepean Sportsplex in 1991”. The text crossfades to the following text:“Is now program manager, Aquatic Operations”. Fade to white. An image of Kevin Wherry from 1985 with the following text: “Started as a cashier instructor guard at Entrance Pool in 1985.” Crossfades to a current photo of Kevin with the following text: “Is now manager of Parks and Facilities Planning”. Fade to white. An image of Laurent Rodrigue from 2016 with the following text: “Started as a camp counsellor at Minto Recreation Complex - Barrhaven in 2016” Cross fades to a current image of Laurent with the following text: “Is now program coordinator at CardelRec Recreation Complex”. Fade to white that then crossfades to pink. An image of a young person with the following text: “Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services. More than just a job. Apply today. ottawa.ca/recjobs. Music fades and and fade to black.

From managing cash to managing people

Alain was 19 years old when he started with RCFS as a part-time customer service representative at the Ray Friel Complex in Orleans in 2006. Working within his community helped him expand his network, and he’s now an Associate Director for the Finance and Corporate Services Department. His number one piece of advice for someone considering a job with the City is to take risks as you don’t know where it will take you.

From camp counsellor to program coordinator

Laurent was 16 years old when he started with the City in 2016 as a camp counsellor for the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven. Over the last few years, he’s worked in Ottawa Public Health and then back to RCFS where he is now in a permanent, full-time job as a program coordinator at CardelRec Recreation Complex. Laurent agrees with Alain as your Plan B could turn into your Plan A.

From three hours a week to full-time

Angi was 35 years old when she started as a customer service representative working three hours a week at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre/Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre in 2006. She’s had the opportunity to work with other groups at the City and after being hired as part-time in her current role, she became full-time in less than a year. She now works on the RCFS web team with the marketing and communications unit.

From teenager to wise leader

Jim was just shy of 18 years old when he started with the City of Ottawa (pre-amalgamation) in August 1986. His first job was as a part-time facility attendant at the original Walkley Arena. Throughout his long career, Jim has worked in various roles at pools, arenas and complexes and has changed roles frequently working as an operator, stationary engineer and facility supervisor. His current role is a facilities area manager with RCFS. His part-time job resulted in a well-rounded career.

Alain, Laurent, Angi and Jim work in fulfilling careers at the City and encourage Ottawa residents to follow the same path. They strongly believe that it’s important to take chances and apply because once you get your foot in the door and work hard, more doors will open.

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