January 11th/ 2017
Today I had the pleasure of being able to do a Job Shadow for the Downtown Association. During my day of Job Shadowing, I was able to sit in on meeting at the Careers Centre about Cultural differences in the workplace, and support systems for individuals who have come to live in Canada from other countries (ie. Syrian Refugees). This meeting was very informative about the different cultural barriers that separate us, and how it can affect the workplace environment. I also was able to take a tour of the part of the city that the DTA manages. Matt (Employee) showed me what he does as his part of keeping the streets beautiful (shoveling snow out of business entrances, raking leaves, picking up garbage, pulling weeds).He also showed me the “Before I die” board, which is a chalk board that is set up on one of the alley walls, that has places where people can write what they want to do before they die. Josh (Manager) had me sort and stack paperwork for a board meeting create budgets using Excel, and he got me to try testing out a new program online called Zoho.com. Overall, today I had a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about this workplace.
The Downtown Association is partnered with the municipal governed organization which means they are a partner with the city of Sault Ste. Marie. They are also a part of something called OBIAA ( Ontario Business Improvement Area Association). The boundaries of the Downtown Association run along Queen Street, from Pim to Dennis (about 5 city blocks). It is run by a board that is elected by the merchants and business owners. There are roughly 193 members, who pay a special tax (levy) to be a part of the Association. This money goes into street beatification, city wide events, and communications. Some of the jobs that the DTA does are; decorating the streets, cleaning the streets, listening to comments, concerns, and answering questions. They also do administrative work such as, coordinating street closures for events, reading and replying to proposals, and the manager sits on many different committees to keep the city and the businesses aware of what’s going on.
Today I learned that the Downtown Association is very active in the Businesses along Queen St. and that they have a hug job in making everything run smoothly. I learned that they are very organized, creative and co-operative. They plan ahead, and are accepting of all ideas and opinions. I also learned that they strongly believe in tight-time and that they are formal (ie. Sir, mam) and believe in seniority.