a person standing in front of a building: Todd Riley becomes vice-president of The Sydney Call Centre, set to open next month.


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Todd Riley turns into vice-president of The Sydney Name Centre, set to open subsequent month.

Greater than 600 employees in Sydney, N.S., are celebrating an early Christmas after abruptly dropping their jobs almost two weeks in the past.

Marlowe Firms Inc. (MCI) confirmed Tuesday evening it hopes to have individuals working by Jan. 2 on the former ServiCom centre, which can reopen as The Sydney Name Centre Inc.

U.S.-based Marlowe Firms gained an public sale earlier this week to take over the decision centre.

“Wahoo!” cheered Georgina Stewart, one of many ServiCom workers who was laid off Dec. 6 with out warning. “We’re coming again.”

Anthony Marlowe, CEO of MCI, mentioned the corporate would do every part attainable to assist workers, together with offering employment presents with sign-on and retention bonuses to ServiCom employees.

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There have been tears, laughter — and even some Christmas songs — as the employees embraced the information.

“I am 54 years previous and I like my job,” mentioned Stewart. “We’ve an amazing household there.”

George Sharpe, a fellow worker of the previous ServiCom centre, mentioned the change of fortune was “a Christmas miracle.”

“It is nice information. I am elated and I wish to thank Mr. Marlowe for coming into city, and taking on and doing what he is achieved for everyone.”



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Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC

On Wednesday morning, the enjoyment rippled via the Salvation Military parking heaps as many employees lined up of their automobiles to obtain turkeys and different groceries donated by Sobeys.

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“There was not a lot I may do financially, however this I may undoubtedly come out and assist,” mentioned Cathy Harris, who helped hand out the donations.

Harris labored at ServiCom for 19 years and wished to present her time in thanks for the help from the group.

“Plus I get to see all my co-workers as a result of , I like all of them, I miss them,” mentioned Harris.

“So it could not be a happier day at this level.”

VP says all workers will likely be employed again

Todd Riley, ServiCom’s former director of operations, mentioned all the workers will likely be employed again.

“There may be a number of transfers from one program to the following relying on the provision,” mentioned Riley, who will likely be vice-president of the brand new centre.

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“However I anticipate to have everybody again that was on the payroll.”

Riley mentioned the public sale for the decision centre got here down to 3 bidders.



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Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC

It is important that Marlowe gained the bid at $1.5 million, mentioned Riley.

“Having a proposal like that, it was like a bidding struggle and so they [the employees] must be proud that somebody bid this a lot for his or her expertise,” mentioned Riley.

The employees are additionally grateful for the outpouring of help from the group they’ve obtained over the past two weeks.

“Merry Christmas all people,” mentioned Stewart. “We admire every part.”

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