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'Young and talented need not apply'


Dear Editor: Approximately a month ago, the Town of Gander placed an ad in The Beacon for a municipal police officer for a four-month period. I and three other young people from the Gander area had just graduated from Holland College, a very well-respected police academy in P.E.I. We felt that we had all the qualifications that the town was looking for, and of course, we had knowledge of the town's streets and bylaws, as we applied with hopes that at least one of us would get the position.

Letters to the Editor - Dear Editor:

Approximately a month ago, the Town of Gander placed an ad in The Beacon for a municipal police officer for a four-month period.

I and three other young people from the Gander area had just graduated from Holland College, a very well-respected police academy in P.E.I. We felt that we had all the qualifications that the town was looking for, and of course, we had knowledge of the town's streets and bylaws, as we applied with hopes that at least one of us would get the position.

When it came time for interviews, not one of us got a call, only to find out later that the position was given to a retiring prison guard from Bishop's Falls. We were devastated not to have at least been given an interview. I don't blame the man from Bishop's Falls; he applied for it and got it, but I do feel that after nine months of training at a cost of $20,000, having the qualifications, and being from the town, the town would at least have the decency to give us an interview.

I called a councillor to express my disappointment at what had happened and he cut me off before I could get out what I wanted to say. He told me that just because he sits on the human resources committee, it doesn't mean he has anything to do with the hiring.

I always thought that being an elected official of the town meant they had some responsibility for the policies of the town. I know that they have a policy for purchasing items. If they can get the item locally for close to the same price, they will but it. I guess they feel that people of the town are not worth the same consideration.

In the provincial government's budget, the province set aside $5.3 million in an attempt to get young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to stay home and work. I guess the Town of Gander doesn't feel that the youth in their town are worth trying to keep around and are encouraging us to leave.

On the doors of the Town Hall it should read: Young and Talented need not apply.

Wanda-Lee Shearing

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