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Community Career Connections

I am pleased to announce the launch of our new Customized Employment Program on December 29, 2009. This program has been named Community Career Connections and is based on the Customized Employment Model of service delivery. Customized Employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between the employee and the employer in ways that meets the needs of both. It matches the unique strengths, needs and interests of the job seeker with the identified business needs of the employer. It is a business relationship that focuses on real work for real pay.

The Community Career Connections Program replaces our current Network Services Program, which was successfully run by Glen Kawahara for the past 11 years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Glen for all of his hard work and devotion to the Network Services Program. Over the years Glen has supported countless participants in finding paid employment as well as volunteer opportunities in our community. His high level of commitment and excellent relationship development with the self advocates has facilitated many successes within this program. Glen has accepted a position as Vocational Counsellor with our Choices Day Program where his main focus will be to develop and expand on vocational opportunities for participants in that program. We look forward to Glen’s involvement in Choices and we are excited about the new and exciting opportunities this will provide for the participants involved in that program.

Congratulations to Ellen Barry who has been hired as the Vocational Counsellor for our new Community Career Connections Program. Ellen will start in her new position on December 29. We welcome Ellen and look forward to her involvement in this exciting new program. Ellen is currently working in a casual day program worker position in Choices and has many years of experience in the field. Ellen can be reached by phone at 250-954-7530.

Referrals to the Community Career Connections Program will be made via CLBC, as with our other programs. The program will have capacity for a maximum of 5 participants. We are currently working on referral criteria for the program and further details which be forthcoming as we finalize them. As per discussions with CLBC, participants cannot be involved in the Community Career Connections Program and at the same time retain a full time spot in one of the Day Programs. Self Advocates will however be able to retain a part time spot in one of the Day Programs while involved in the new employment program. Again, more detailed information about this will be put on our web site in the near future. Please feel free to call me at the number below if you have questions about this program or would like to discuss a potential referral for your participant.

I am very excited about this new program and look forward to the new opportunities this will provide for our participants as well as our organization as a whole.


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