BC Parks recognized for diversity in workplace

Each month the Cranbrook Society for Community Living recognizes a business or organization that supports diversity

BC Parks was recognized for diversity in the workplace by the Cranbrook Society of Community Living’s Employment Action Team. From left to right: John White

BC Parks was recognized for diversity in the workplace by the Cranbrook Society of Community Living’s Employment Action Team. From left to right: John White

Arne Petryshen

BC Parks is being recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace.

Each month the Cranbrook Society for Community Living recognizes a business or organization that supports diversity with a Diversity @ Work sticker. It is given out by the Cranbrook Society for Community Living’s Employment Options Team.

The Diversity @ Work sticker is awarded after an employer has employed an individual with a developmental disability for a minimum of three months.

The BC EmployNet team, along with the Provincial Networking Group, developed the program to recognize employers who support a diverse workplace.

Alphee Leblanc has been working for BC Parks over the summer.

He said he very much enjoys the job.

“I like working here because I make money, I get to sort bottles and it’s close to home,” Alphee said. “I like the people I work with, and I would like to work here again next year.”

Jenna Gyurkovits, BC Parks Operations Manager, said Alphee has been a great worker and completely reliable.

“Never once have I worried about him not doing what he’s supposed to be doing,” Gyurkovits said. “Every day he tells me he is doing great and that he loves his job. It has been a really positive experience overall.”

She also noted the shows up early to every shift.

BC EmployNet is a unified network committed advancing employment support practices.

The Provincial Networking Group Inc works to address social services needs in various regions across B.C.

The CSCL seeks to enrich the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Townsman has been doing stories on businesses in the region that are involved in supporting diversity through this program.

For more information about the Cranbrook Society for Community Living or its employment options department go to www.cranbrookscl.ca, call 250-426-7588 or email employmentoptions@cranbrookscl.ca.