Voice Community                                           Monday February 1st 2010

Sto:lo Youth Employment



Hundreds show up for fair

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A lot of excitement was generated with the prize draws throughout the day, however in order to be eligible for the pool which was stuffed with things like an Ipod, Wii, a cell phone and $50 gift certificates, attendees had to have a passport stamped from each of the sponsor booths. In order to get a stamp the kids had to ask a meaningful question or have a meaningful interaction with the exhibitor.

With "health" as the fair's theme, many of the booths were wellness-oriented offering a variety of activities and learning experiences from paramedic workshops and CPR training to prosthetic displays.

There were a wide variety of employers at the fair handing out truckloads of information and interacting with the kids and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans exhibit had Mike Fraser manning the booth who said the DFO has a wide variety of careers to chose from.


"We're here to provide information to people who may be interested in working for Fishers and Oceans and we've got information on the Coast Guard, Fisheries Officers careers and Hatcheries," said Fraser.

Robina Carter with Chehalis Community School in Hemlock Valley was one of the larger groups there that day. "We brought 40 kids and come it them and come every year," she said.

Fairgoers were also able to take part in drumming as World-renowned Master Drummers Mbuyiselo "Munkie" Ncapayi and his wife Sarah, owners of The Drum Cafe in Vancouver, performed at Friday's fair.

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, the Ncapayi's have been successfully running their business in Canada since 1997. The company bills itself as Interactive Corporate Entertainment and is part of a larger corporation dedicated to corporate team building and social interactive entertainment.

Both Munkie and his wife, Sarah, tour all over North America and the Ncapayi's also travel back home for holidays. Over the years they have imported about 1000 handmade drums.

For Friday's show they brought in 200 of the African drums and put one on each chair in front of the stage area giving ample opportunity for some audience participation.

"We wish we had more of the people (involved) but we had some interest in this audience," he said.

Children with Autism Drum Workshops
Munkie has a very successful drumming program for children with Autism and if you would like to book this specialized session and require references please contact Munkie directly at the DrumCafe: Munkie@drumcafe.com

For more information on Vancouver workshops contact Munkie by call The Drum Cafe: 604-626-7717 by e-mail: Munkie@drumcafe.com  or or visit their website: www.drumcafe.com

Big Al's Catering planned for 450 hungry kids but surprisingly came through with enough lovely salmon dinners, desserts and delicious coffee for everyone.

Big Al's provides catering for community ceremonies, traditional weddings, youth camps, family camps and assorted community events throughout the Fraser Valley. They can be contacted by phone: 604-792-5717 or by mobile: 604-997-2480


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Aboriginal Career Fair (Continued from main page. Photo gallery below.)










































Samantha Kaji and Jason Campbell call out winners name in prize draw Friday.


DFO Mike Fraser after the rush. His table was almost emptied completely of information.


Michelle Finlay from the Justice Instittue demonstrates CPR to students.




Robina Carter with Chehalis Community School in Hemlock Valley.

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