Once upon a time BC Tel and Telus actually wanted to sell phones,
and actually have a customer presence with a real person.
Go ahead, call Telus today, and try and talk to a real live person.
Just have a half an hour to spend and you eventually get there.
Mind you now it's Manila or India that answers!
Anyway back in the early 80's BC Tel came up with the idea of Phone Marts.
Where phones etc would be put on display for sale.
The old Commercial office in the front of 3236 Kalum St. was put to use,
and was operated until ca 2000, when Telus closed the doors,
and eventually sold the building to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
The Phone Mart Open House was Mar 21, 1980.
Some names of the clerks that worked there are:
Betty Sterner ,
2 (Still in
(forced to move to Vancouver with the office closure)
and others as I remember, or find them
Debbie Letawski is now in charge of the George Little
which has been moved to be used for the Terrace Via Rail station,
and the Terrace Tourism Board.
Worth a visit to check that out and say Hi to Debbie.
also working with Debbie now is Donna Stach, ex Telus clerk.
With all the sales these ladies made,
every issue of Mackenzie Matters contained a picture
of one or more of them receiving a gift etc.
Received a nice email from
Janis Morrison, nee Jefferis
Started in 1978 as an Operator,
Switched to Serv. Rep. above Dasilva's restaurant,
Left Phone Mart in Aug 1981,
to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Note- She corrected me on the spelling of her name.
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