The Jake Report – Community Connections

Jake visits Alternative Creations Studio during the Eastside Culture Crawl, where he meets up John Woods of Building Caring Communities and Sarah Peacock, Art Facilitator with ‘ Alternative Creations Studio. Through his interviews, Jake discovers new roles in community living that are changing lives and creating more inclusive communities. The BC Government Employees Union has 8,000 members working in community-based social services, many of whom are providing supports like these to youth and adults with developmental disabilities.  

Largest Art Show & Sale to Date!

Contributed by: Stefanie Costales, Special Projects Worker posAbilities hosted its 11th annual INCLUSION Art Show and Sale on October 28th and 29th this year at Heritage Hall. The two day event featured original and creative work from artists of diverse abilities from all around BC and invited the community to come together to celebrate how beautifully disability can be transcended through various media. This year, both Wednesday and Thursday highlighted our traditional Celebration of Art, featuring over 700 pieces of...

Diversity at Work Changes Lives

September is Disability Employment Awareness Month in BC and posAbilities Employment Service (PES) is thrilled to have honoured three local businesses through our Believe, Engage and Inspire Awards of Business Excellence for their leadership in employing people with developmental disabilities. On the evening of Monday, September 21st, we invited employers, employees and family members to posAbilities’ Inclusive Employment Celebration to celebrate how inclusive hiring and diversifying one’s workforce benefits everyone involved. The evening began with our guest reception, where guests...

Connecting with the Community – One Fun Fair at a Time

Contributed by: Stefanie Costales, Special Projects Worker & Hilary Kariotis, Event Volunteer By 12 noon on Tuesday, September 1st, signs had been posted, games set up, tents erected and hot dogs were steaming in the cooker. Music from DJ Don House soon had everyone moving to the beat, and the Community Fun Fair at South Arm Park was off to a good start! Persons served, family members and staff from the Richmond Community Inclusion Program worked together to organize their...

Want to diversify your workforce? Help is here!

Contributed by: Foye Hatton – Assistant Manager, Employment Service The movement for diversified workplaces is growing and month-by-month, increasing numbers of people with a wide range of diverse abilities are securing meaningful, competitive and sustainable employment. Numerous studies from around the world have revealed that diverse workplaces have lower turnover rates, greater productivity, increased customer loyalty and higher staff morale. We want to tell you a little about how we can help you diversify your staff team. The first way...