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2012-05-28 18:41:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

One of our Board Member's, Laurie Hill, wrote a great article reflecting on the difficulties women with disabilities have when trying to find employment. She emphasizes the importance of having women with disabilities in the work place...and it's so true! View Laurie's full story here, http://www.neilsquire.ca/latest-news/women-disabilities-employment-connection/

Most reshares: 1

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2012-06-04 18:24:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Doug Learns a Trade and Finds Success!
 
Doug had a stroke in his early childhood which left him with severe dyslexia and short term memory loss. He was unable to get ahead through conventional education or training due to his inability to read or write, however, at the age of 24, he was determined to create a better life for himself by learning a trade.
 
When Doug and his mother first came to the Neil Squire Society they had already tried to work with several agencies to obtain support, but often left feeling frustrated due to their inability to see Doug’s potential.
 
Despite his disability, Doug has been identified as a high level learner, and he was very determined to become a Machine Excavator Operator.
 
Doug and his mother began working with the BC Centre for Ability, as well as with a Case Manager at the Neil Squire Society. With our assistance, heworke... more »

Most plusones: 3

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2012-10-17 22:01:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Logan finds his first job in four years!

Logan is a bright young man who after participating in the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability Program, has found his first job in four years. Logan wrote the Neil Squire Society a letter and asked us to share it - http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/logan-finds-job-years/

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2013-02-19 18:58:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What would you do if you didn't know how to use a computer? This is how Danny felt...read how he overcame this hurtle
http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/couldnt-computer/

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2013-02-13 18:30:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Coast Capital Savings Continues to Support Employment Program for People with Disabilities!

http://www.neilsquire.ca/fundraising-updates/coast-capital-savings-continues-support-employment-program-people-disabilities-2/

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2013-01-24 18:18:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Vancity continues to support persons with disabilities
http://www.neilsquire.ca/fundraising-updates/vancity-continues-provide-computer-skills-development-persons-disabilities/

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2013-01-22 18:55:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Longtime supporter, and past participant, Peter Hanson, makes a surprise visit to the Neil Squire Society and comes bearing gifts.

Click on the link to discover the wonderful gift!
http://www.neilsquire.ca/fundraising-updates/longtime-supporters-raise-money-neil-squire-society/

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2013-01-04 18:08:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Visiting one construction site, Doug was greeted by a man dressed in a shirt and tie. Turns out he was one of the owners of JJM Construction – the ninth largest contractor in British Columbia. After a discussion about his experience and training, and how he could help the company, Doug went on his way. By the time he got back home there was a message from the gentleman asking Doug to call. Find out what the man had to say. Read Doug's story here, http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/talking-future-employer/

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2012-12-12 17:39:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

A volunteer who just keeps giving! Kelli, a Distance Computer Comfort volunteer also is one of the stars in our new video!

Read about her experience here, http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/neil-squire-society-great-place-people-hope-pressure-participants-learn-pace/

2012-11-30 19:12:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Monday is International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Vancouver is hosting an event. We'll be there! Come by and say hi.

http://www.vancouverdisabilitiesday.ca/

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2012-11-28 18:22:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Opening doors, one class at a time
 
Patricia has always been a positive person, but since coming to the Neil Squire Society she has become more confident. “I’ve always known that there is a job out there for me. After taking classes through
 the Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Comfort Program, more doors have opened, allowing me to go in a direction I want to take"...read the rest Patricia's story at http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/opening-doors-class-time/

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2012-11-19 18:50:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Commitment, patience, and attention to detail, this is exactly how Melissa applied herself to the Neil Squire Society’s Central Regional office’s Employ-Ability Program. Her hard work paid off! Read how Melissa was able to find her desired job - http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/determined-succeed/

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2012-11-14 17:53:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

He calls himself the ‘Covered Bridge Man of Albert County.’ What else would you call a man who has designed and built covered bridges for over ten years?! Find out who the 'Covered Bridge Man' is and his story at the Neil Squire Society, http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/covered-bridge-man/

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2012-11-09 18:19:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Neil Squire Society has been grateful to have Emilie, a practicum student from Simon Fraser University, working in the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability Program. Emilie is enrolled in the Simon Fraser University Career Development Practitioner Certificate Program (say that three times fast), and is required to do a four-week practicum. Read Emilie's full story,

http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/practicum-student-employability-program/

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2012-11-07 18:25:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Neil Squire Society was very fortunate to have Milad, a fourth year engineering student from Simon Fraser University, share his talents with the organization over the summer. After finishing his time at the Neil Squire Society, Milad sent us a letter and asked us to share it; http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/coop-student-sfu/

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2012-10-29 21:41:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Longtime supporters Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life donate another $40,000!

Read the full press release
http://www.neilsquire.ca/fundraising-updates/longtime-supporters-greatwest-life-london-life-canada-life-donate-40000-neil-squire-society/

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2012-10-17 22:01:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Logan finds his first job in four years!

Logan is a bright young man who after participating in the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability Program, has found his first job in four years. Logan wrote the Neil Squire Society a letter and asked us to share it - http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/logan-finds-job-years/

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2012-10-10 17:26:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Two strangers become friends at the Neil Squire Society!

http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/strangers-friends/

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2012-08-31 16:31:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)


Michelle Looks Forward to Light Bulb Moments when Tutoring!
 
Michelle, who is based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, has been a Distance Computer Comfort volunteer for the past year and a half with the Neil Squire Society. So far she has worked
 one-on-one with two clients, teaching them the basics of how to use a computer. She meets up with them on-line twice a week for two hours at a time using a program called moodle.
 
“In the beginning of the three month course, the clients are timid and don’t know much about the computer or the hardware,” says Michelle. “But they are willing and excited to learn. Each client learns at their own pace.”
 
Michelle was very attentive while teaching, making sure the each participant learned many of the basic skills. “One client made his own notes. I could tell he practiced at home because after a couple weeks, he cameto one of the s... more »

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2012-08-22 18:01:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Hal lands a job a week after graduating!
 
Hal didn’t waste any time landing a new job after participating in the programs available through the Neil Squire Society. Hal suffers from an injury in his shoulders, which prevents him from heavy
lifting or using his arms above has head. Ultimately this left Hal unable to work at any labour intensive jobs. Hal sought out the Neil Squire Society with the intentions of finding the right help to allow him to develop the skills needed to land a new job.
 
Hal, who lives in Oliver, British Columbia, knew that he needed to advance his computer skills so he started participating in the Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Comfort Program. Thanks to Hal’s hard work, commitment, and help from Distance Computer Comfort tutor, Carolee, Hal became a computer pro in no time.
 
It was a whirl-wind of an experience for Hal. Haljoined t... more »

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2012-08-21 22:11:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Thank you ISM Canada and IBM Canada!
 
On Sunday, April 15, a team of 20 employees from ISM Canada participated in Canada’s largest 10K race, the Vancouver Sun Run. As each runner passed the finish line they didn’t just celebrate their race times, but also the fact that they raised over $1,000 for the Neil Squire Society!
 
The team consisted of 20 employees from ISM Canada, and partner company, IBM Canada in the lower mainland. “These extraordinary folk didn’t want to simply run for fun” says Bev, Vice President of Customer Experience at ISM Canada. “They wanted to be able to contribute to the community in some way that reflected their commitment to the work they do every day.”
 
ISM Canada, together with their IBM partner, manages all of the Deskside Support Services for Health Shared Services BC. This includes technical support for approximately 55,000workstations and... more »

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2012-08-13 17:34:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

Do you remember when you wrote letters with a pen and paper instead of typing them up on the computer? How about walking down to the post office  to mail those letters instead of pushing “send”? Well Distance Computer Comfort participant Rita sure does.

After receiving a new computer from her son, Rita knew that writing letters to her family was a dying art form. She knew it was time to learn how to use a computer in order to correspond easily with her family.

Rita, who lives in Penticton, British Columbia, joined the Neil Squire Society’s partner site, Footprints to Technology in spring 2011 with hopes of building her computer skills. Rita was directed to the Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Comfort Program to fulfill her needs. “I was very pleased when I found out I could join Neil Squire Society’s DistanceComputer Comfort... more »

2012-08-08 17:50:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

"Instead of watching TV I could do something useful”
 
Steve has been a Distance Computer Comfort volunteer for the past nine months. Steve has moderate arthritis but that doesn’t stop him from being active. While searching the website, GoVolunteer.ca, Steve came across the Distance Computer Comfort Program at the Neil Squire Society. He immediately got in contact with Chad, e-Learning Manager at t
he Neil Squire Society. “The volunteer position fit me to the tee,” says Steve. “Once I met Chad and learned about the Neil Squire Society, I knew this was where I wanted to volunteer.”
Steve currently tutors one Distance Computer Comfort participant who lives in Penticton, British Columbia. He had a previous client who lives in Keremeos, British Columbia. “My last client needed basic help in word,” explains Steve. “She didn’t have any computer experience, but wantedto design a poster f... more »

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2012-08-01 17:24:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

“Baboons infected the computers” – An inside joke between client and tutor. What else would you call it when your computer acts up?!
 
Vladan, a professor at Simon Fraser University and a life coach, has been a Distance Computer Comfort volu
nteer since January 2012. Through taking life coaching courses, he learned about the Neil Squire Society when he met Anu, from the Neil Squire Society. “I was searching for something like this,” says Vladan. “I wanted to evolve myself.” The timing was perfect for Vladan because he was looking for some work to do and then he met Anu. “I didn’t know what to do and then it was handed to me on a platter,” says Vladan.
 
Vladan has been tutoring Distance Computer Comfort participant, Patrick. Patrick lives all the way across the country in New Brunswick. “Patrick is absolutely phenomenal,” says Vladan, “I’m learning moreabout people with disabilitie... more »

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2012-07-30 17:45:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Birch, Neil Squire Society’s Executive Director, for being appointed to be part of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced the creation of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Panel’s mandate is to identify private sector successes and best practices with regard to the labour market participation of persons with disabilities as well as barriers and disincentives to the employment of persons with disabilities. The Panel will submit its final report to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in December 2012.
 
For more information on the Panel, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/index.shtml
 
View the full press release athttp:... more »

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2012-07-27 17:26:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Chad visits the Neil Squire Society's Central Regional Office.
Group picture, from left to right:
Cheryl Colmer, NSS Ottawa Regional Manager;
Karen Coffeey, Algonquin College Disability Advisor;
David Tushingham, Katimavik Youth / Volunteer;
Chad Leaman, Director of Development;
Lesleigh Smith, Office and Literacy Essential Skills, HRSDC Program Officer
Katherine Schaefer, Ottawa Independent Living Resource Center Program (OILRC) Coordinator

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2012-07-25 18:51:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Wow, great ad. Very inspiring.

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2012-07-25 17:23:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”- Henry David Thoreau
 
When Eileen came to the Neil Squire Society’s Atlantic Regional office, it was clear she had the confidence to move in the direction of her dreams and live the life she had always imagined. After raising two grown sons and spending years caring for two aging family members, Eileen decided it was time to focus on her own dreams and goals. With determination, enthusiasm, and a great support system, Eileen was accepted into the Human Services Program at New Brunswick Community College and is taking the steps necessary to turn her dreams into reality.
 
While working with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Eileen expressed interest in going back to school and pursuing a career in the human services field. With the experience of caring for a family member who hasAlzheim... more »

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2012-07-23 18:20:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Suzanne's Baby Shower

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2012-07-18 17:41:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

- General Education Development Graduation 2012 in our Atlantic Region -
 
On May 24, 2012, the Fredericton Sunrise Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Central Valley Adult Learning Association, held their annual General Education Development (GED) graduation in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Bev Grasse, president of the Fredericton Sunrise Rotary Club and employment specialist at the Neil Squire Society’s Atlantic Regional office, along with a team of dedicated Rotarians, coordinated the tremendous event. Ms. Grasse states that she is proud to be part of the GED graduation, which the Sunrise Rotary has been sponsoring for about fourteen years, and feels it gets “more inspiring” every time.
 
Photo from left to right: Jeremy (GED Graduate from Neil Squire Society CALP), Heidi (Former Neil Squire Society CALP Teacher), Bev Grasse (Employment Specialist from Neil Squire Society andFrederi... more »

2012-07-16 17:23:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

A success story from our Atlantic Regional office:
 
“A positive attitude will take you to the moon and back”
 
You might say David has become somewhat of an astronaut himself. One thing is for sure, since working with the Neil Squire Society in 2008, he has certainly been rocketed into success!
 
For many years, David worked as a labourer in a large production facility in a small New Brunswick community. However, the heavy labour took a hefty toll on his body. In 2001 and again in 2004, David had to undergo two separate discectomies, operations in which the L4 and L5 discs were removed from his lower spinal column. After his second surgery, David tried to go back to work with his previous employer, but with the high physical demands, it was just no longer feasible.
 
David was sent for rehabilitation and physiotherapy, which required him to leave his familyand hom... more »

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2012-07-13 16:58:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Archival Website Research Study through UBC!
 
The Study: We are conducting a research study to find out how accessible and usable Canadian archival websites are for users with and without disabilities.
The Goal: The goal of this study is to inform archivists about potential accessibility and usability barriers present on archival websites, and educate them on how to improve websites for all viewers. As well, this study will compare the experiences of users with disabilities to those from users without disabilities, in order to chart whether there are similarities or differences in the barriers found.
 
Volunteers Needed:
 
• We are looking for volunteers, who self identify as either disabled or non-disabled, to become website testers for this study.
 • For those identifying as disabled, we would value the input of volunteers with visualdisabili... more »

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2012-07-04 23:20:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Rick Hansen Institute continues to support the Neil Squire Society!
 
The Rick Hansen Institute has provided the Neil Squire Society with a grant in the amount of $112,000. These funds will help the Society deliver the Computer Comfort Program to adults with physical disabilities across British Columbia.
The Computer Comfort Program provides the perfect setting for adults with spinal cord injuries and mobility impairments to access a wide range of advanced assistive technology hardware and software to help them overcome the physical barriers that prevent them from successfully working with a computer. For many, this can be the first stop in gaining confidence to move towards mainstreaming into society and provides a stepping stone to building confidence and motivation to pursue further education. The Computer Comfort Program, offered free of charge, provides one-on-one instruction,... more »

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2012-07-03 18:01:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT: Spinal cord injury, stem cells and risk
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are interested in your views about the potential risks of participating in stem cell research for spinal cord injury (SCI).

Their goal is to learn about the perspectives and priorities of different stakeholders to inform recruitment, enrollment and participation in trials, now and in the future.

Your participation will involve an interview lasting approximately 15-45 minutes.

They would like to hear from:

Health care professionals involved in the care for individuals with SCI & stem cell researchers: http://app.fluidsurveys.com/s/sci-stemcells-risk-professionals/

Individuals with SCI: http://app.fluidsurveys.com/s/sci-stemcells-risk/

If you would like more information about this study, please contact:

Dr. Marleen... more »

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2012-06-21 16:18:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Former Employ-Ability participant, Peter Hanson, was excited to share his news with us yesterday. He was invited back to be a Health Mentor this coming year after a very successful year last year. He's thrilled to be able to play a role in the education of future health professionals.

You can be a mentor too if you have a chronic condition or disability. The UBC Health Mentors program is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program.

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2012-06-15 19:42:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Neil Squire Society’s Burnaby office says goodbye to another Katimavik volunteer, but this volunteer will be saying hello to the Neil Squire Society’s Ontario office.

David, from Ottawa Ontario, didn’t know what he was getting into when he decided to join the Katimavik program. “I did some quick research, and then, poof!” says David. “I wanted to get out there, gain some experience and expand my horizons. I liked the idea of jumping on a plane.” Once he arrived in British Columbia, David started his volunteer experience at Burnaby’s ReStore. He worked there for a month until the opportunity came where David could work at the Neil Squire Society. “The placement at the Neil Squire Society was better for me and allowed me to focus on my career goals.”

The Katimavik program provides youth with the opportunity to build independence, gain work experience, and discovertheir career goals.... more »

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2012-06-14 20:40:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Wow, blown away! Have a look at the short video our last Katimavik Youth, David, just made about the time he spent with us. :)

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2012-06-12 23:34:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Here's some footage of the Neil Squire Society on the CBC news from yesterday's visit by Premier Christy Clark to our Burnaby office.

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2012-06-12 19:46:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

We were delighted to welcome Marjie Van Dyke to our Burnaby office today. Marjie’s son Logan is currently enrolled in our Employ-Ability Program. Marjie, who works for Envision Financial, recently nominated us for an Envision Employee Endowment grant made possible through the employees of Envision Financial. She stopped by today to present us with a cheque for $1,250! Thank you Marjie and Logan, and thank you Envision Financial and Envision Financial employees!

Here is Marjie’s nomination letter:

I would like to nominate the Neil Squire Society to receive a grant from the Envision Employee’s Endowment Fund. The Neil Squire Society empowers Canadians with physical disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development and various employment programs. Through their work they help their clients remove barriers so that they can liveindep... more »

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2012-06-12 18:19:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living. For more information, visit BC Housing's website or call 604.646.7055 or toll-free at 1-800-407-7757 (ext. 7055).

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2012-06-11 20:12:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

It was a busy morning at the Neil Squire Society's Burnaby office today as Premier Christy Clark unveiled the first pillar of her Families First Agenda: Supporting Vulnerable Families. You may read more about the agenda here: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2012/06/common-sense-changes-encourage-work-protect-vulnerable-families.html
Also in attendance was Hon. Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Social Development and MLA for Surrey - Panorama; Janet Austin, CEO, YWCA Metro Vancouver; and DR. Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society.
Three Neil Squire Society clients, David, Hemen, and Vince were able to be participate by fielding questions about employment and assistive technology and taking part in a brief assistive technology demonstration led by Gary Birch.

2012-06-06 17:27:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

- New Found Support and Knowledge keeps Katherine going -
 
Katherine began a battle with depression after learning that she had Parkinson’s disease. She was referred to the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability program in Burnaby, British Columbia, with some trepidation at first. “I wasn’t sure about this program, but after an interview with [Program Manager] Chris, who was so warm and welcoming, she made me feel at ease,” said Katherine.
 
Katherine’s computer was set up with a keyboard guard which enabled her to use the keyboard more easily. She then learned how to write “a proper resume and cover letter. With the help of the wonderful staff, I learned proper interviewing skills. My wonderful Employ-Ability team, Laureen, Lissa, and Chris were very helpful with my job search.”
 
Katherine sent out over 100 resumes over four months and went on severalinterviews. During... more »

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2012-06-06 16:23:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2012-06-05 17:15:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

This year’s Walk and Roll Challenge, which was coordinated by the Neil Squire Society for the 25th annual Disability Awareness Week in New Brunswick, was a HUGE success. Close to 250 people of all ages showed up outside the provincial legislature building in Fredericton on a beautiful, sunny June day to raise awareness about disability issues. But it did not end there! In total, over 21,000 people took part in 96 communities across the province. A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who made this day and the whole project a fabulous success.

2012-06-04 20:29:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

“One day I will be a contributing member of society”, says Distance Computer Comfort participant Mirjana.
 
Mirjana, who lives in Summerland, British Columbia, was born with a condition known as cutaneous albinism. Amongst other symptoms, the absence of melanin in her genetic profile has caused low vision and light sensitivity.
 
She was introduced to the Neil Squire Society through an organization that helps people with disabilities find meaningful employment. “I am now receiving on line computer training to help upgrade my skills. I hope I can find a way to express how valuable this training is to me,” says Mirjana. She is unable to obtain a drivers’ license, so transportation “is always an issue”. With the online training through the Distance Computer Comfort Program, she no longer has to worry about transportation “because I am able to be in my own home,” shesays, “The training... more »

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2012-06-04 18:24:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Doug Learns a Trade and Finds Success!
 
Doug had a stroke in his early childhood which left him with severe dyslexia and short term memory loss. He was unable to get ahead through conventional education or training due to his inability to read or write, however, at the age of 24, he was determined to create a better life for himself by learning a trade.
 
When Doug and his mother first came to the Neil Squire Society they had already tried to work with several agencies to obtain support, but often left feeling frustrated due to their inability to see Doug’s potential.
 
Despite his disability, Doug has been identified as a high level learner, and he was very determined to become a Machine Excavator Operator.
 
Doug and his mother began working with the BC Centre for Ability, as well as with a Case Manager at the Neil Squire Society. With our assistance, heworke... more »

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2012-06-01 17:18:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national organization that works for an accessible and inclusive Canada, applauds the efforts of Donna Jodhan, who has waged a long, and often frustrating, legal battle against the Federal Government to convince it to make its web sites accessible to Canadians with vision impairments.

Read the full story at Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

2012-05-30 17:02:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

“Hopefully I Can Come Back Next Year”
 
Jasjit is a Burnaby high school student currently enrolled in the Burnaby School District’s Computer Support Technician Program. With an interest in computers, Jasjit joined the program because it is designed to train students to become IT technicians, and provides them with the opportunity to complete 120 hours of work experience. This is the second year that the Neil Squire Society has partnered with the Burnaby School District Computer Support Technician Program, and Jasjit is the ninth student from the program to volunteer with the Neil Squire Society. “I gained a lot of valuable skills here,” says Jasjit, “I can take these skills and use them further on if I decide to go into a computer facility, and be able to learn more about computers.”
 
Jasjit said that volunteering at Neil Squire Society was a “fantastic experience.”Not only did she me... more »

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2012-05-28 18:41:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

One of our Board Member's, Laurie Hill, wrote a great article reflecting on the difficulties women with disabilities have when trying to find employment. She emphasizes the importance of having women with disabilities in the work place...and it's so true! View Laurie's full story here, http://www.neilsquire.ca/latest-news/women-disabilities-employment-connection/

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2012-05-24 17:30:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The weather was sunny and hot for the 11th Annual Charity BBQ put on by Grill Master Restaurant and Catering in Ottawa, Ontario. Banan and Roger Pattison of the Grill Master Express gave 100% of the funds raised to the Neil Squire Society's Ottawa office. Banan and Roger are already planning to put on another BBQ next year for the Neil Squire Society. This is the continuation of a wonderful partnership with Roger, Banan and their staff. Grill Master Restaurant and Catering in Ontario provides discount meals to individual clients of the Neil Squire Society who regularly go to their restaurant for breakfast or lunch. The Grill Master, who has become a huge support of the Neil Squire Society, also catered the Employ-Ability program graduation luncheon in December at no cost. And regularly comes by the Ottawa office with yummy desert trays. Thank you Roger and Banan!

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2012-05-24 16:42:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Prepping for the Walk and Roll Challenge: It was all hands on deck as Neil Squire staff and clients worked diligently to prepare close to 700 registration packages for this year’s Walk and Roll Challenge as part of Disability Awareness Week in New Brunswick. Individuals at the Fredericton office took time out of their very busy schedules to ensure that this event is a huge success. A very special thanks goes out to the learners in the Neil Squire Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) for volunteering well into the evening hours, outside their regularly scheduled class time. Posters were folded and envelops labeled, stuffed and sealed in an undertaking much like an assembly line production. However, it wasn’t all toil and sweat. With pop, pizza, and chips, it was also a great bonding experience for all those involved.

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2012-05-24 16:15:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

The Neil Squire Society is thrilled to be coordinating this year’s Walk and Roll Challenge as part of Disability Awareness Week, May 27 t0 June 2, 2012, in New Brunswick. This event brings together over 23,000 people in communities across the province to promote awareness of issues facing persons with disabilities. This year’s slogan is “Ready and Able to Work,” which is perfectly fitting to the Neil Squire Society’s vision of having economic and social inclusiveness for all people with disabilities.

This year is of special significance because it marks the 25th anniversary that New Brunswick has celebrated an annual awareness week to foster discussion and understanding of the issues facing persons with disabilities.

New Brunswick’s Disability Awareness Week stems from National Access Awareness Week, a campaign first established in 1988 to promote better communityaccess for ... more »

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2012-05-23 23:13:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Congratulations to Neil Squire Society National Operations Manager, Greg Pyc, on his appointment as a member of the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee!

The mandate of the Committee is to enhance access to City services for persons with disabilities and to identify and suggest solutions to gaps and barriers that impede the full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of City life.

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/disabilities/index.htm

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