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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Taking Pride in His Work

Mike Bourassa with Bill Maitland at Goat Lake Forest Products in Powell River. Bill has been impressed with Mike’s hard work and positive attitude in his job. Mike Bourassa has grown up in a family that has worked all their lives in the logging industry, where he first learned how to split wood and kindling. When a position at Goat Lake Forest Products for Dust Management became available, Mike was

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The Sky’s the Limit

By Sky Hendsbee My name is Sky Hendsbee and I have a business called, Sky’s the Limit DJ Service. I started my DJ business after a good friend and role model showed me the ropes and how to use the DJ equipment. For my business I use something called a Numark mixer with speakers and my ipad or computer to access music. I like all types of music like the

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Beautify your Tsawwassen business with window art

Have you ever wanted to enhance your Tsawwassen storefront to make it more visually appealing to visitors? As a member of the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association (BIA), you can receive our free beautification service of your store windows to add some flair and elegance. Emily Kettleson, 22, is a local artist who works for the BIA and has been painting several of the windows in the Windsor Woods area of

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Finding the pattern for success

by Eliza Lee “I had a great experience selling my items at the market and I hope to be a part of more markets in the future.” – Eliza Lee. I’m a local girl in Ladner. I took up knitting hats with matching booties for new born babies when I was 18. I am now 21 and I love to learn new knitting patterns. I have recently started making mittens to keep

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Building a portfolio from my passion

by Emily Kettleson “I hope to find many other ways to keep offering my art to people to enjoy.” – Emily Kettleson, who was recognized for her work by Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson. I was born and raised in Ladner and now live in Tsawwassen. At age 12, I enjoyed still life painting and creative art projects during school time and I continued to create art at home as well. When I

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Clowning around! Dreams can come true

by Craig Muirhead (also known as Hey!-MiSH! The Safety Sergeant) “I have learned there is much more to the business of clowning than putting on a suit and make up. It’s all the work behind the scenes that makes the performance look easy.” – Craig Muirhead For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to mascots, clowns and entertainers. I enjoyed watching the way they interact with

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