Last October, we celebrated Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) by highlighting many of the amazing businesses and organizations in Regina that champion inclusivity in the workplace!
As the Canadian Association of Supported Employment emphasizes, “a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including people with disabilities.” We couldn’t agree more! By championing inclusive employment, you are providing Saskatchewan residents experiencing an intellectual disability the opportunity to contribute to a team, gain economic independence, and contribute to the rich fabric of the workplace.
One of our 4to40 job coaches, Yas, has seen firsthand how workplace inclusivity changes peoples lives:
“Becoming a job coach was one of the best, eye-opening and rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. It put me in a great position to help deserving people with challenges that sometimes need confidence to boost themselves up. Through 4to40, we help them develop and improve their employment skills while showing them avenues to success in a job environment. These individuals may sometime lack training, but they absolutely have the talent to become very successful.”
“The most satisfying thing about job coaching is to watch someone turn around all of their challenges and rise above and beyond to achieve an outcome that will change their life. This simply wouldn’t be possible if employers didn’t practice inclusive hiring.”
Thanks to our 4to40 team members like Yas and the incredible organizations below, we are successfully working towards an inclusive workforce in Saskatchewan. They are all true community leaders!
City of Regina Fire & Protective Services
City of Regina Transit
Farm Credit Canada
Government of Saskatchewan – Ministry of Justice
Hillberg & Berk
The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers (SASM)
Shermco Industries Canada
Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Strategy Lab Marketing
University of Regina Facilities Management Team
University of Regina Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies
University of Regina Students’ Union
We’re already looking forward to DEAM 2021 – to celebrate our growing number of employer partners. If you’d like to know more about building a truly diverse workforce, we’d love to hear from you!