Winnipeg Folk Festival Providing Employable Skills to Volunteers
Congratulations are in order for the 19 new volunteers who have graduated from the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s security guard training program! These members of our community now have the skills and qualifications to both provide security to the summer festival and seek employment as security guards.
The newest graduates join the 49 others who have completed the 150 hours of training that we provide to all security volunteers.
We think it is important to train-up members of our community to become festival security to ensure that they understand our unique Folk Fest culture. In the lead up to Folk Fest, Winnipeg Folk Festival Protection & Wellness Coordinator, Paul Laporte has taken the 68 volunteers through courses ranging from First Aid and CPR to Traffic Control Safety.
Graduate Stephanie Smith with Paul Laporte!
Paul joined on with us in 2013 and is a former paramedic, President of the Manitoba Chapter of the Event Safety Alliance and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for Community Service. He cares a great deal about keeping everyone in our festival family safe when we gather at the park to enjoy those blissful days of music and friends every year.
While on staff here, Paul became authorized to instruct Province of Manitoba’s Security Guard Training Program through Manitoba Justice to augment his skills. We introduced the training program in 2014 to fulfill the needs of our festival community while offering this invaluable skillset to volunteers to develop careers outside Folk Fest. To date, seven volunteers, who were actually looking for jobs, are known to have used this training to gain employment!
“We felt it was important to provide professional-level training and certifications to our security because they are the backbone of our safety operations and the more we invest in them, the more our community benefits from their training and experience,” says Paul.
You’ll see these fine security folk in blue vests with ‘security guard’ patches on them. Be sure to give them a smile and a ‘thank you’ for spending all those extra hours of time to learn how to keep good vibes going and ensure our festival experiences positive.
Graduates of the Winnipeg Folk Festival's security training
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