On February 4th, COR was recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2021 – our 4th straight year to receive this recognition! We are both humbled and proud of this accomplishment. Thank you to our entire COR family; we are so tremendously grateful to work alongside such compassionate, caring people!
Dedicated employees propel leading Saskatchewan employers
Support workers at Creative Options Regina don’t see themselves as punching the clock, earning a wage or, to quote a classic rock tune, working for the weekend.
“It’s that whole sense of making a difference,” says Michael Lavis, chief executive officer of the non-profit organization that provides a variety of at-home social services for individuals with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities.
“We’re typically working with a group of people who don’t necessarily fit into traditional models of care,” Lavis says, adding that clients face challenges involving health care, mental health, social services and justice.
That means crafting care for each individual client.
“With us, it’s about meeting the person where they’re at,” he says.
Workers at the organization take that duty to heart, continuing to serve clients even in less-than-ideal conditions — such as a pandemic.
The importance of their work is one reason why Creative Options is among Saskatchewan’s Top Employers in 2021.
The Top Employers program, managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes workplaces not only for offering excellent compensation, exceptional workplace culture and nifty perks. It also selects organizations that are exceptionally good at engaging their employees.
And no workers are more engaged than those who believe their role is to make the world a better place.
Employees at First Nations Bank of Canada — another Top Employer in Saskatchewan — also feel that sense of doing good through their efforts at the financial institution that serves Indigenous people, businesses and their communities.
“In some places, we are the only bank around,” says Leigh Solomon, vice-president of retail banking at the bank. “And so many employees have taken great pride in still being open to serve these communities during the pandemic.”
Their roles have included providing in-person banking to a handful of clients who lack internet and even phone connections. At other times, they have walked customers through the process of using online banking services so they don’t have to visit a branch.
Kevin Michael, vice-president of commercial banking, says First Nations Bank of Canada employees recognize their role isn’t just providing financial services. It’s about helping Indigenous communities build their economies and generate wealth.
“What we do really benefits people’s lives in northern communities,” he says, adding many employees are from northern Saskatchewan.
A similar sense of purpose is shared among Creative Options Regina employees, which is a good thing because demand for services has expanded during COVID-19, Lavis notes.
The fact the organization has been able to meet this demand is “testament” to the efforts of its staff.
“We attract good people because of what we do,” Lavis says. “Still, even I’m just really amazed how everyone stepped up in this difficult time.”
As an employer, Creative Options Regina has looked to help its staff be at its best by creating a workplace that meets their needs while addressing any concerns. That has built a united organization.
“When you have that sense of common purpose — you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself and you’re making a difference — the job doesn’t feel much like work anymore.”
— Joel Schlesinger
- 3sHealth / Health Shared Services Saskatchewan
- Access Communications Co-operative Ltd.
- Calidon Equipment Leasing
- Cornerstone Credit Union Financial Group Limited
- Creative Options Regina, Inc.
- First Nations Bank of Canada
- Flaman Sales Ltd.
- Group Medical Services / GMS Insurance Inc.
- Information Services Corporation / ISC
- K+S Potash Canada GP
- McDougall Gauley LLP
- Nutrien Inc.
- Ranch Ehrlo Society
- Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
- Saskatchewan Blue Cross
- Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation / SCIC
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
- Saskatoon Police Service
- Southeast College
- Synergy Credit Union Ltd.
- Vaderstad Industries Inc.
- Zagime Anishinabek
Read the full article published in the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star Pheonix on February 4th, 2021: https://www.canadastop100.com/sk/