Houston Forest Products shipped out their last load last week. Here Shipping Advisor Kathy Wardrop stands with her work crew. There are 271 employees affected by the HFP closure.

Services Pillar keeps meeting

The Community Services Pillar will keep meeting for three to six months, but to date little increased service demand has been reported.

Support meetings for Houston’s community services will continue to meet for three to six months.

The Community Services Pillar focuses on ensuring Houston services have the support they need to meet the demand during the transition period following the closure of Houston Forest Products.

Houston Link to Learning reported at a recent pillar meeting that they are seeing a steady number of people seeking help with resumes.

They are “looking into becoming a satellite service for Work BC” said the Pillar meeting minutes.

Most services, including Northern Health’s adult mental health services and Health Centre, RCMP, Ministry of Children and Families, and Houston Community Services reported that they have not seen increased demand for service since the HFP closure.

The most recent information on HFP employees shows that 48 are  transferring to other West Fraser mills, 36 have work outside of West Fraser, 27 are retiring, 27 are seeking retraining and 54 are still looking for work, “preferably in Houston or a new industry.”

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