Luke’s Story: Customer Service Associate, London Drugs

Luke started his employment with London Drugs a year ago. He currently works in customer service helping people find what they are looking for and stocking the shelves with product. Having struggled in obtaining employment, he connected with the YMCA’s employment supports program. They connected him to London Drugs–which became his first job at the age of 30, outside of work experience practicums. Luke identifies as having a disability–having a

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Tyler Secures A Job That Utilizes His Customer Service Skills

Tyler moved to Hope, BC a few years ago and through the support of the Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL), he was matched with a Vocational Counsellor who worked with him to learn more about his skills and interests to secure a job at Buy-Low Foods. When moving to a new town, finding a job can be challenging, this is especially true if you have additional barriers to employment.

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Limitations don’t define my life

by Kara Anderson   I have lived my entire life with a diverse ability. I have found my path to independence by becoming a mom of a son who also has a diverse ability. He is 19 and gets lots of support from his grandparents and CLBC.My son and I lived with my parents until eight years ago. With the help of Supporting Apartment Living, now Supporting Advocates in Leadership

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Growing on my own

  by Vanessa Mendoza Independence means being able to learn and grow on your own while still knowing you have support when you need it. My path to independence started when I moved out at 19 into a group home. But even in the group home I still felt overprotected. Sometimes even the smallest reminders can be frustrating. Like someone making sure I’m home on time, or eating properly, or

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Walking the path to independence together

We are Dale and Leanne Froese from Kelowna, B.C. We met in 1995 at a Karaoke party. Dale kept singing a country love song, “Love remains to me,” over and over. He played hard to get. Finally, we went on a date and then we got engaged. We’ve been married for 21 years now. It’s great being married. We do have our arguments, but don’t we all?We rent a suite

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Lee Kissinger. works part-time as a Front End Courtesy Clerk at Thrifty Foods in Fairfield.

My name is Lee Kissinger. I work part-time as a Front End Courtesy Clerk at Thrifty Foods in Fairfield. I have been working for Thrifty Foods for more than 8 years I love it! I feel really good about myself and motivated to work really hard when I am working. I really enjoy the store events like the Christmas parties, rooftop volley ball staff get-togethers, bowling at Langford Lanes and

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Turning disability to diverse-ability is a win for business

Dishwasher and baker’s assistant Alex Lecce places clean dishes in a bin at the washing station at Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies.   Hiring differently abled workers is a catalyst for positive cultural change in the workplace, spurring innovation and even employee retention. Lisa and Patrick Beecroft employ a crack team of specialists at their Port Moody bakery, each seemingly faster and more skilled than the last. Aaron can perfectly

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The Painted Chair: More than a store, it’s a family

Nicole and Ravi greet visitors on The Painted Chair sales floor. The B.C. government has recognized September as Disability Employment Month. Learn about how Community Living BC is working with individuals, families, employers, community groups and government partners to increase employment for people with developmental disabilities through the Community Action Employment Plan here.  You can also visit www.AccessibleEmployers.ca to  find resources for creating inclusive workplaces and click here learn how

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Correctional Centre sets an inclusive tone

Having a broadly diverse and inclusive workplace brings a wider set of skills and perspectives to the table. Dayton (centre) and Kyle (left) are right there with everyone, contributing to our success and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) Warden Steve DiCastri (right). A lot of work goes into opening the province’s largest prison. When Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) Warden Steve DiCastri needed workers

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Tyler has a job! A paying job!

“It has been very exciting and emotional to see Tyler go to work and successfully complete his tasks, feel proud of his job and start to grasp the concept of earning money,” says Daynna of her son’s job with Spider Agile Technology. How one family found their way forward, when the path to the future and a meaningful job was unclear. After graduating from high school in Kelowna, Tyler felt

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