French lunch-and-learn on employee recruitment and retention slated for May 10

WELLINGTON – April 8, 2022 – It is becoming increasingly difficult for today’s employers to recruit enough qualified employees. And quite often, after the employer has trained new employees and given them the opportunity to gain some experience, the workers leave for another position, sometimes a government one. Then, the process has to start all over again.

While this expensive scenario has become all too common, there are ways to get around – or at least minimize – this phenomenon. And often, when employers talk to each other, they can share best practices that might work for others.

The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI and the Wellington Rural Action Centre are therefore organizing a lunch-and-learn on Tuesday, May 10, at 12 noon at the Centre in Wellington to provide an opportunity for such discussion and exchange in French. The approximately 90-minute session, entitled « Building and Keeping a Team: Sharing Practices and Opportunities », will be facilitated by Bruce Joshua, who has considerable expertise in professional development.


« In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share their successes, challenges and projections. They will also have a chance to reflect on past practices, learn from practices used elsewhere, and determine if there are other strategies and resources that could benefit their company or organization, » says Joshua.

In addition to employee recruitment, the group will also discuss ways to stabilize a team once it is formed. « Since well-being, a sense of belonging and respect are integral to feeling part of a team, we will explore ways to equip ourselves and take steps to take care of our team, » adds the facilitator. « Since there are no magic solutions, we will establish together a series of potential avenues to feed your reflection and your recruitment and retention efforts to contribute to the efficiency and success of your company. »


Originally from Isle Madame, Cape Breton, Joshua has been living in the Evangeline region of PEI since September 2021. He has a rich history of community involvement, having been very actively involved in literacy, community/cultural development, sports and recreation, and health.

His initial training in physical education at the Université de Moncton launched his career in education, having been inspired by a team of incredible teachers during his studies. His more than 25 years in education have allowed him to develop significant skills and knowledge, including professional development with the development and delivery of training, including recruitment and retention of employees.

« Mr. Joshua is ready to facilitate a great conversation about meeting the needs of the Island workforce by exploring your options with you! » concludes Raymond J. Arsenault, event coordinator of the Acadian Chamber. « We invite all French-speaking or bilingual employers, from both the private and community sectors, to register for our luncheon meeting.”

Anyone wishing to attend the luncheon is asked to register by Friday, May 6, by contacting Josée Ouellette at or 902-854-3439. The registration fee is $5 (tax included) for Chamber members and $10 (tax included) for non-members; this amount will also help cover the light lunch that will be offered to participants.



PHOTO: Bruce Joshua will be facilitating a lunch-and -earn session entitled « Building and Keeping a Team: Sharing Practices and Opportunities » on May 10 at the Wellington Rural Action Centre.


For more information:
Raymond J. Arsenault
Event coordinator
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI