Between extended lockdowns, social distancing and stay-at-home orders, 2021 has brought limited opportunities to have fun with friends or connect with the community. Smaller towns, ones that might not get as much action as their big-city neighbours, have especially felt this to be true.
One such community is Belleville. Just over a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal with a population of less than 51,000, Belleville's a small town, but it's not one that's easily overlooked — at least, not for Mentos. Yes, Mentos, as in the "stay fresh" chewy mint you might have tucked in your purse or pocket right now.
Wanting to lend a helping hand to a small town that's been hit hard by COVID-19, Mentos decided to give Belleville's skatepark a serious upgrade. A space for community and fun, the skatepark — now called the BaSkateBowl — features basketball nets and mimics a basketball course layout. Belleville's young adults needed a breath of fresh air and Mentos provided.
The BaSkateBowl's grand opening took place on September 29, and it's already becoming a cherished community venue where Belleville's youth can practice their kickflips, free throws and ollies — all at the same time.
If you're looking for a fun road trip this fall, you should definitely check this spot out (and bring your board, if you have one). Everyone could use a little fun and, with health and safety measures in place, the BaSkateBowl is bringing together the basketball and skateboard communities of Belleville for a good time.
When: This is a permanent installation.
Where: 373 Moira St. E., Belleville, ON
Why You Need To Go: Mentos renovated Belleville's skatepark to include basketball nets — it's a guaranteed good time for the whole community.
If you have communication and customer service skills, and you're looking for a new and exciting job with great conditions, then you may want to check out the job postings at the National Bank.
One of Canada's top six banks (and the biggest in Quebec), National Bank is looking for people to help and support customers through its client contact centres. If you're an attentive listener, an expert problem solver, are bilingual and love learning new things, this could be the job for you.
National Bank's mission is to cultivate a people-centric, inclusive and stimulating environment for its employees, offering them the chance to grow and advance within the organization.
Haven't thought about working in a call centre before? There are a lot of benefits to call centre jobs (nice wages and advancement opportunities are just the beginning), and it could be exactly what you need if you're ready to move ahead in your career.
Have A Positive Impact
Every day is different at National Bank, where you'll be key in helping clients find simple, secure and customized solutions to all sorts of situations.
You'll play an important role in bringing customers' projects to life, and their gratitude is a reminder of the active contribution you made in supporting them to achieve their goals.
National Bank operates all across the country, which means you could have a positive impact on the lives of millions of Canadians, whether by phone or email.
To reflect the changing nature of call centre jobs and recognize its employees' expertise, National Bank has recently renamed its call centre the "Customer Experience Centre."
Agents regularly find themselves in situations where they can let their financial prowess shine when giving clients advice. This is why employees are encouraged to develop both their customer service skills and their banking knowledge.
Proud of its agents' commitment and growth, the National Bank pays attention to what the Customer Experience Centre team members need and ensures that they're happy in their roles by changing workplace practices based on employee feedback.
National Bank firmly believes that a company that embraces diversity and values inclusivity is a strong and innovative one, which is why it launched a plan to create an open and welcoming culture for all.
National Bank is committed to adapting to the realities of its employees and strives to maintain its reputation as a people-centred institution, with well-being and teamwork as two of the bank's core values.
Career Development & Advancement Opportunities
There are many jobs available at National Bank, including as a call centre agent. Because there are different customer experience centres, each with its own specialty, you'll have the chance to help customers with all sorts of issues and expand your own knowledge and skill base at the same time.
You'd be providing customer service to people from a variety of backgrounds and in all sorts of locations, making no two days on the job the same.
Whether you're interested in investment, credit, insurance, brokerage or all of the above, there are plenty of opportunities to learn.
The Perfect Balance Between Technology & Human Interaction
National Bank offers a variety of financial benefits. As a call centre agent, you'll start at $21 an hour with two guaranteed raises in your first year, six weeks of paid training, and opportunities for evening and weekend bonuses.
National Bank also offers flexible schedules, so you can work part time or full time, up to a maximum of 37.5 hours per week.
There are a few different places where you can work from too. For example, if you're a city dweller, you can work from National Bank's convenient downtown location near the Square-Victoria-OACI station.
If you're a student looking for a job, National Bank also offers tuition reimbursements. The company respects your school schedule and cares about your ability to strike a good work-study balance.
Jobs at National Bank are open to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether you're a student looking for a career change or you're semi-retired, there's a job for you.
All you need is a high-school diploma, the ability to speak both French and English fluently, a dynamic personality and the willingness to learn and grow.
Sounds good? To apply, head to National Bank's website, create your applicant profile and fill out a questionnaire about your skills and interests. Your profile will remain active for two years, and you can update your information anytime you want.
After you apply, you'll receive an email confirming that the team received your application. All that's left to do is cross your fingers and wait for the next step!
Since the onset of the pandemic, many Quebecers have been paying more attention to what they spend and where they spend it on a daily basis. But monitoring your financial habits is easier said than done, so it's essential to have the right tools to help you stay on track.
Budgeting and managing your cash flow is super important when it comes to living your best adult life, but unfortunately, it's also one of the most difficult things to nail.
That's why RBC launched a new capability within its banking app that — along with the app's other capabilities — provides you with the insights and advice you need to manage your money. Get ready to save some serious coin.
The app's new NOMI ("know me") Forecast feature leverages AI technology to help you manage your cash flow by providing a rolling forecast for upcoming preauthorized withdrawals from your account within the next seven days.
NOMI Forecast predicts when your expected expenses are due (like rent, phone bills and student loan payments), which means you'll have visibility on upcoming financial obligations. It can help you confidently manage your spending and avoid unnecessary expenses. Now you can have more control over your finances than ever.
The new tool complement's RBC's existing lineup of NOMI capabilities, like NOMI Find & Save, which uses predictive technology to find the money you won't miss and stores those extra dollars away in a special account you set up for safekeeping.
According to RBC, clients using NOMI Find & Save have saved an average of $415 per month — or about $5,000 per year.
It will even automatically move money from your NOMI Find & Save account back to your normal account. This is to cover any upcoming payments that are due to come out of your linked chequing account that you may not have enough funds for. Now you know you won't go into overdraft.
Finally, RBC clients can easily create a personalized budget — without touching a calculator or an overwhelming spreadsheet — through NOMI Budgets. It suggests a monthly budget for you based on your spending habits.
NOMI Budgets monitors five types of major spending — shopping, dining, transportation, entertainment and cash withdrawals — and keeps you updated with regular notifications to let you know if you're over, under or on track with your monthly goal.
Now when you go out for coffee with your friends, you can actually be present instead of feeling guilty about buying that cappuccino.
All of RBC's NOMI tools and features are available in the RBC app, which now also has an in-app authentication process, 2-Step Verification, to keep all of your transactions extra safe and secure.
Compared to regular two-factor authentication, 2-Step Verification is quicker and more convenient: it's done strictly in the RBC app — no more fetching security codes from emails or texts.
This builds on other RBC safeguards to protect your most personal information in the digital space, like ID Verification, fraud monitoring, two-way fraud alerts and Card Lock, which allows you to lock your card immediately from the app if you've misplaced it.
Managing your money can be stressful. Know that RBC's got your back with its many budgeting, forecasting and security tools, like NOMI and 2-Step Verification.
Whether you're looking to get your start in the working world, craving some change or are ready to take your career to the next level, a position that offers good pay, great benefits and excellent company culture is the dream. You'll find all three (and more) at Sekure Merchant Solutions.
But if you're considering a career with Sekure, its accolades are only the tip of the iceberg. You'll also be helping small businesses thrive during a challenging period for mom-and-pop stores and getting some sweet perks at the same time.
A gig with Sekure means joining a passionate group of people who love what they do, but it also means having access to cool stuff like 5-à-7 Fridays in the office, free breakfast, professional training, company events, a competitive salary and more.
Sekure's Great Place to Work Committee is constantly brainstorming new ways to bring employees together (both safely in person and virtually). Sekure also has regular campaigns to support their employees' health and well-being, like Mental Health Week.
As you gear up to entertain guests and feast on seasonal faves, you might be finding yourself in need of a little culinary inspiration.
The PC Insiders Report holiday edition is back, and it's packed with recipe tips, over 100 new delectable holiday products and classic holiday favourites alike. Illustrated by Montreal artist Amélie Tourangeau, the report's a sure way to get into the holiday spirit.
Provigo is taking those warm vibes and bringing the report to life for a three-day festive event — and it's going to be totally Instagrammable.
From November 18 to 21, Montrealers will get to experience an IRL version of the PC Holiday Insiders Report at Provigo Kirkland — the go-to destination for every holiday need. Bonus: there'll be tons of free samples of PC's new products.
Ring in the season with the ultimate playbook for holiday entertaining in real life. Try out new products (like the PC Chocolate Pecan Cluster NY Style Cheesecake and PC Christmas Mini Eggs), taste PC recipes and then learn how to make those recipes from actual 3D holograms.
As you walk in, you'll get your own printed copy of the PC Holiday Insiders Report. Use the stunning wall mural as a map to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You'll be sampling tasty treats and learning recipes from 3D holograms of your favourite social media chefs, like Geneviève Plante, who'll show you how to garnish halloumi cheese sticks in three simple steps; and Carl Arsenault, who'll teach you how to make the tastiest hot chocolate.
On Saturday, November 20, there'll be a special live chef hologram that you can actually interact with — ask your questions and prepare to wow at your next holiday gathering.
Of course, the event will follow public health guidelines with social distancing stickers, safe samples and one-way movement throughout. If you can't make it in person, you can access all the magic with the digital PC Holiday Insiders Report.
Experience The PC Insiders Report Holiday Edition Brought To Life At Provigo Kirkland
When: November 18-21, 2021, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 16900, rte Transcanadienne, Kirkland, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taste the holiday spirit in the pages of the PC Insiders Report Holiday Edition at Provigo Kirkland. Sample new products and follow along with hologram tutorials by some of your favourite social media chefs.
Visit the event at Provigo Kirkland from November 18-21. For more holiday inspiration, check out the PC Insiders Report Holiday Edition online or follow President's Choice on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.