Initial Designs Custom Embroidery has been recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace on Wednesday morning. Left to right: John White

Initial Designs Custom Embroidery has been recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace on Wednesday morning. Left to right: John White

Business recognized for supporting workplace diversity

Initial Designs Custom Embroidery has been recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace.

Arne Petryshen

Initial Designs Custom Embroidery has been recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace.

The acknowledgement comes from Cranbrook Society for Community Living’s Employment Options Team by way of a Diversity @ Work sticker.

The sticker, which is displayed in the window, encourages the community to patronize businesses that participate in diversification.

Jessica Klassen has been employed at Initial Designs for eight months and said she really enjoys the work —  which includes everything from tidying up to helping to embroider.

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

The Cranbrook Society for Community Living’s Employment Options Team presented the sticker to Melissa Hambalek, who owns Initial Designs Custom Embroidery, along with the staff.

Melissa said that Jessica has been an asset to the business.

The CSCL seeks to enrich the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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

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.

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.