Jul 14

The PNE Chef’s Garden

We are very excited to launch a new sustainability initiative here at the PNE in partnership with Safeway. The PNE Chef’s Garden is a fresh and local garden where we are growing over 500lbs of food for use by our PNE Food and Beverage team.

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Many people don’t realize that the PNE manages the over 105 acres of Hastings Park on a year round basis. We have staff on site seven days a week, year-round, maintaining the buildings, the grounds, the park space and now also our spray-free fruit, vegetable and herb gardens! Trained horticulturists in our gardening team tend to the over 20 plants including, cucumbers, strawberries, thyme, lettuce, basil, watermelon, kale and potatoes. You can see an exhibit of The PNE Chef’s Gardens during The Fair in Farm Country.

You may be asking at this point, ‘well what happens to all the ripe product?’ It gets eaten… by you! The product grown in the gardens gets incorporated by our Food and Beverage department into the food we serve at catered events onsite like the meals served to the artists who play at the Pacific Coliseum and in the dishes prepared for our private catered events. Hence the name, The PNE Chef’s Garden!

Don’t forget to visit Market Fresh at The Fair for healthy options straight from our gardens. As we grow this initiative, food will also be incorporated into many of our Food and Beverage initiatives onsite during Playland and The Fair. So just think, next time you order a Crazy Dog, Shrimp Boat platter or Unroutine Poutine, that sprinkle of chive, sliver of carrot or even slice of onion and lettuce came straight from our gardens that morning! This is just another small step in our journey on becoming a zero waste and fully sustainable site.

Check our blog frequently for updates from the PNE Chef’s Garden where we’ll be sharing what’s grown and how it’s all being used.

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Jun 13

How to Perform Well in a Group Interview

Interviews can be a nerve-racking process for everyone and in order to ease your experience, the PNE holds group interview sessions. Instead of the traditional one-on-one interview format, we ask you to participate in various activities and play an assortment of games within a team in the hopes of picking the right candidates and making this interview experience one that you will enjoy.

With the right attitude, preparation and confidence, you can make yourself positively stand out from the crowd.

Things to keep in mind:

Coordination and Teamwork xmarksmOne of the most common mistakes is forgetting that you are in a group interview and not giving those around you a chance to speak up. Groups can have very different dynamics and talking over those who are shy will not make you stand out in a positive way.

check marksmYou should always remember to never underestimate the power of teamwork; instead of talking over others, be considerate and coordinate with those in your group (include quieter people that haven’t said much). This will show us that you are a good team player, a great listener, and have leadership capabilities.

Speak Up xmarksmJust like you shouldn’t talk over others in your group; you also don’t want to be talked over.

check marksmDon’t be intimidated by others who might be doing all the talking, step up and voice your opinions.

Formality xmarksmAlthough we do want you to have a good time during this process, remember that this is still an interview and we are there to pick the best candidates.

check marksmMake sure you arrive on time to your interview, always be respectful and mindful to those around you, and dress appropriately.

 

Our ‘ideal’ candidate is someone who:

  • Comes to the interview in appropriate attire and is well groomed
  • Has a friendly, thoughtful and a positive attitude
  • Is confident, encouraging and open to new ideas
  • Participates in the group discussion and is a good team player

Finally, when you arrive to the group interview, try your best to just be yourself. Act like you normally would when interacting with your teammates (whether you’re on a sports team, in a band, or even just during group projects at school). We want this to be an enjoyable and stress-free experience for you. Relax, be confident, and let your personality shine. Good luck!

Did you know that we’re currently hiring?

Apply to work at The Fair by June 25! We’re hiring for a variety of different positions, from Rides and Guest Services Attendants, to Bartenders and many more! Don’t miss out on the Best Part of Summer, meeting new friends and gaining valuable work experience. Apply online now.

View a list of all of the PNE’s current job postings.

Jan 8

Ever wonder how we spend our ‘down time’?

It’s already busy behind the scenes here at Playland as we’re setting up for an epic 2015 season. We’ve been tirelessly working over the past few months on a lot changes for the park, with a lot of work still ahead, as opening day on May 16 quickly approaches. Here’s a glimpse into a few of  the larger projects currently underway.

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We'll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it's settled in its new home in Playland.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We’ll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it’s settled in its new home in Playland.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we're waiting for The Beast to arrive.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we’re waiting for The Beast to arrive.

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