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Main Office

#2, 929 - 106 Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC  V1G 2N8
Phone 250-782-2628
1-800-905-9933
Fax 250-782-2643
obair@pris.bc.ca

Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday
(There might not be anyone here over noon hour.)

Fort St John

Our Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers in Northeast BC program is periodically offered in Fort St John.  When there, we use the Carriage Room at the Northern Grand Hotel.

Carriage Room
Northern Grand Hotel
9830 - 100 Avenue
Fort St John, BC

Staff are available locally only on Mondays bwtween 9am and 5pm.

For more information call:
1-800-905-9933

Chetwynd
Our Job Readiness Training for Unemployed Workers in Northeast BC program is periodically offered in Chetwynd. The space we use depends on what is available in the community at the time.

Staff are available locally only when an intake is occurring.
For more information call:
1-800-905-9933

Our History

The Obair Economic Society was formed in 1987 by a group of citizens concerned about unemployed workers in our community. They wished to provide services to assist the unemployed to become employed, especially those who were having the most problems getting a job. They had noticed that often the ones who needed the most help were the ones least likely to receive help.
Since then, the society has been able to provide a variety of programs and services related to employment. Funding is provided by a variety of ministries of both the Federal and Provincial governments. As governments change their policies, the programs and services we are funded to provide change as well.
Many people wonder where our name came from and what it means. "Obair" is a Gaelic word that means "work", and the name was chosen to represent the work that we do.

Our Awesome Team

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Tamara Ziemer
Executive Director

Tamara joined the Society in May of 2019. She comes to us from an Education background, having served on the local School Board in Dawson Creek since March of 2010. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia and is currently working towards a Certificate in Conflict Resolution through the Justice Insititue of BC. She is a life-long learner who focuses on the growth and well-being of the people and the communities that she serves.

Tamara's job is quite comprehensive as she must be intimately familiar with all aspects of the Society's operations. She secures funding for day to day operations, oversees daily operations, administers contracts, acts as liaison with local agencies and ministries, supervises staff, develops new programs and services, and works with the Society's board. When time allows, she enjoys filling in as a workshop facilitator and increasing her knowledge of career and economic development. 

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Nancy Hall-Prince 
Career Development Practitioner

Nancy began working for the Society in 2008. She holds a Social Services Worker Diploma from the College of New Caledonia and has experience in other aspects of the Social Services field (such as Native Court Worker, Youth Development Worker, and Mental Health Worker) as well as experience as an employment counsellor. Nancy likes to be continuously learning and regularly attends workshops and participates in online courses. In November 2016 she obtained recognition as a Certified Career Development Practitioner from CCDA.

Nancy's job involves planning, organizing, and implementing intakes where she is the lead Training Counsellor. As part of the process she interviews potential clients, facilitates group sessions, and provides support to participants as they complete the programs.

Nancy is 'mommy' to two four-legged fur babies and is an avid gardener. She also enjoys volunteering in the community and has done volunteer tax preparation for seven years.

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Marilyn MacArthur
Vocational Coach


Marilyn began working for the Society in December of 2017. She holds a Certificate and a Diploma in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and has completed a variety of other designations and training related to rehabilitation and economic development.

Marilyn's job involves working as a co-Training Counsellor and shares responsibility for successful program delivery. This involves planning, organizing, and implementing intakes. As part of the process she interviews potential clients, facilitates group sessions, and provides support to participants as they complete the programs.

In her off duty hours, Marilyn enjoys time with her two cats and riding motorcycles with her husband and friends.

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Curtis Lindballe
Customized Employment Consultant


Curtis is the newest addition to our team, working out of the Dawson Creek WorkBC Centre.  Curtis will use his previous experience as an Employment Specialist to assist in the development of employment skills for clients in case management. He believes in equal opportunity employment and looks forward to working with clients to achieve their employment goals.

Curtis is a long-term resident of Dawson Creek and enjoys traveling to new places. He often competes in Ironman triathlons and has recently qualified for his AWA athlete status finishing the season in the top ten percent for his age group worldwide. When Curtis isn’t training for his next race, he spends his spare moments gardening and riding horses.  

Work for Obair

We have varying needs for employees depending on the number and types of contracts we currently hold with funding agencies.  With any of our positions, a key requirement is a desire to help people make positive changes in their lives and to be welcoming and inclusive of all while maintaining the guidelines and responsibilities of our contracts and the parameters of the services.

Generally speaking, we hire those who have related training and education for the type of work they wish to do with us.  Our jobs are complex and varied in their duties and responsibilities, so a key attribute we seek in employees is the ability to think creatively.

We currently have no open job postings

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