On Saturday, October 7th we attended the 2017 Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction. We were honoured to be chosen as the recipient in our nominated category, Diversity Leadership. This award was sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre.
‘Diversity and Inclusiveness’ is one of our core organizational values. We strive to live these values every day by welcoming people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds with open arms, understanding and compassion. We firmly believe that there is a role for everyone in our community who can be committed to our vision, mission and values. The successful integration of people with varying abilities into our ReStore operations is crucial to the creation of a community where everyone feels valued and appreciated.
In his acceptance speech, Executive Director Pat McKenna credited Lorraine Holden, former Campbell River Volunteer Manager, with coordinating many of the community partnerships that have facilitated a diverse and inclusive work environment in Campbell River.
Some of the organizations and agencies we partner with include:
Campbell River & District Association for Community Living provides and advocates for local services to support people of all ages with special needs, their families and caregivers.
Laichwiltach Family Life Society ‘Bladerunners’ program for youth at risk, age 18 to 30. This is an employment readiness program where participants will learn a multitude of basic life skills.
Campbell River Community Corrections, for individuals (primarily young at-risk youth) who need to work court-appointed community service hours.
North Island Employment Foundations Society NIEFS is a charitable community-based not-for-profit organization and the major employment agency for Northern Vancouver Island.
Ministry of Social Development & Social Innovation focuses on providing British Columbians in need with a system of supports to help them achieve their social and economic potential.
Robron Alternate School offers a unique programming model that gives high school students experience through a hands-on leadership component.
Campbell River Head Injury Support Society provides education, support, advocacy and fellowship to brain injury survivors, their caregivers, families and education to the general public about brain injury.
North Island College – ADS (Access for students with disabilities services)
Thank you to the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce for recognizing businesses in our community. Our heartfelt congratulations to all the other nominees and award recipients!