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Neil Squire Society has been shared in 4 public circles

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Marc Pitman4,748Whoops. I wanted to share my Nonprofit Org circle, but it has 694 organizaitons and, apparently, I can only share 500 at a time! Sorry. But enjoy this many anyway!2012-08-24 00:52:47500501CC G+
Nonprofit Organizations1,593Just added my 600th nonprofit to my "Nonprofit Organizations" Circle. However, it appears you can only "Share" a maximum of 500 pages circled. 600 in this circle, but only shows 500 when shared. Hmm... will have to think about that...2011-11-18 16:49:105009513CC G+
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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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/___

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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 »


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 came to one of the sessions all excited to show me what he had learned. I was very impressed. Moving forward seemed to come easier for him.”
 
By learning many necessary computer skills, this particular client is now enrolled in the three month Employ-Ability Program at the Neil Squire Society.
 
“I look forward to when the light bulb turns on for the client and they finally understand a concept that they have been trying so hard to figure out,” says Michelle.___

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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 »

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. Hal joined the Distance Computer Program before Christmas and by January he was learning the next step for career development in the Employ-Ability Program. Connecting from home to the Footprints for Technology centre in Penticton, Hal developed life-long career skills, but also discovered a key ingredient for the job search, confidence.
 
Hal was dedicated to getting what he wanted, and after learning about the resources available he took advantage of every single one! A week after graduating from the Employ-Ability Program, Hal landed a job in a warehouse. He credits the marketing and networking skills he learned allowing him to find the right connections to the job. Within a couple of months he will be trained as a forklift operator which will be even better for his shoulder disability. “Six degrees of separation” got me the job, says Hal.___

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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 »

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 55,000 workstations and over 100,000 end-users in BC’s Health Authorities. “The Neil Squire Society would be a perfect fit, linking both health and IT,” suggested Addil, an ISM Canada employee and Neil Squire Society volunteer.
 
Addil knew the moment that the staff at ISM Canada wanted to run for a positive cause, Neil Squire Society would be the perfect connection. Addil was first introduced to the Neil Squire Society as a Distance Computer Comfort tutor in August 2011. Since then, he has supported the Neil Squire Society in many different ways. He continues to organize the donation of unwanted LCD flat screen computers from IBM Canada to the Computer Refurbishing Program at the Neil Squire Society. These computers are restored and used in the distance learning Employ-Ability Program.
 
The theme of the team was “IT Matters.” “What we learned through this great experience is that funds raised were a secondary benefit,” says Bev. “What really matters is the opportunity to participate in our community; to channel the human-ness that’s expressed every time we look outside of ourselves and extend our energy to others. The community is working together, and now 20 more people have become aware of the great things the Neil Squire Society does.”
 
The Neil Squire Society is very honoured to represent the theme, “IT Matters.” “Addil and ISM Canada have made a significant impact in a variety of ways at the Neil Squire Society. “We cannot thank the employees of ISM Canada enough for this unique and touching contribution,” thanks Chad Leaman, Director of Development at the Neil Squire Society. Bev ends our conversation on a very appreciative and inspiring note, “Thank you, Neil Squire Society for graciously allowing us to contribute to your mandate and to be part of the rich community you are helping create.”
 
Photo: ISM arrives at the Neil Squire Society to present the cheque: Back Row (left to right): Chad Leaman, Bev McPhee, Alexi Thomas, Addil Karmali - Front Row: Milad Hajihassan___

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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 »

“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 Distance Computer Comfort Program” says Rita, “and be able take lessons out of the comfort of my own home, as well as coordinate with my busy schedule.”

Along with exchanging emails with her family, Rita learned how to research things on line and found the pleasure in organizing her travel plans. She discovered that she was able to find places to stay, and things to do, allowing her to book her entire vacation at her fingertips. She also loves to play games on the computer, and has learned how to make spreadsheets where she can accommodate everyday tasks, like making shopping lists.
Her biggest project is organizing all her recipes into a book. “All my recipes are in my head” says Rita, “and I want to pass them down through my family. Unfortunately you can’t google my recipes” Rita laughs.

“I recommend Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Comfort to many of my friends” say Rita. “I tell them that it is great program and you can access it at home. You don’t have to go out anywhere and it’s one on one. It can’t get any better than that.” Rita had a great teacher, Computer Comfort tutor, Gordon. “He is a great instructor, patient and tolerant. I was really happy when he stopped by to see me while he was in Penticton,” says Rita. “Gordon is part of my family now.”

Rita is busier than ever and never bored. She wants to keep practicing her new found computer skills but finds “that there isn’t enough time to do everything.” Luckily Rita will get recordings of all her lessons and will be able to look up the answers when she has questions.

Rita is now ready to book a trip through all the resources available on the computer. She loves that she can find all the information needed. In fact, Rita thinks “all seniors (new window) should have a computer.”

Rita wants everyone at the Neil Squire Society to know that, “I am very, very grateful that I’ve been able to take this program. I hope to come back and learn more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”___

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 »

"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 wanted to design a poster for a memorial softball tournament. By the third and fourth session, we started to create this poster. She was quite emotional. She was so proud and happy that this was something that she created. She sent the poster to everyone. This is something I helped her with! I started to get emotional as well. She was just so proud,” commented Steve, who began to get choked up during the interview.
 
Steve studied Computer Assistance at BCIT and has worked in information technology (IT) jobs ever since he graduated. “I worked at a help desk and this allowed me to work one on one with clients on any IT problems that they may have had,” says Steve.
 
Even with such a strong background in IT, Steve still found some technical challenges while volunteering. A few examples that Steve faced were the speed of someone’s computer, Internet connections, and unfortunately some clients have disabilities that may limit their time on the phone. “Unfortunately technical challenges won’t change. I have to be aware that I can’t do everything,” says Steve. “I will adapt to the client so they will have a good experience every week.”
 
“I have dealt with great clients. I feel like I am helping them. It makes me feel good that I’m responsible for helping them,” says Steve.
 
“Chad, Gordon, and the two clients I tutored are all awesome. I am more aware of the people out there who need assistance. I am also aware that there is a society that is helping them,” says Steve.
 
Like most of the Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Comfort Program volunteers and participants, Steve is disappointed that the program is wrapping up. Like most volunteers of the program, Steve would “definitely keep volunteering.” “I have free time at night,” says Steve. “Instead of watching TV I could do something useful. I am very happy to be part of the program.”
http://www.neilsquire.ca/success-stories/watching-tv/___

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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 »

“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 more about people with disabilities.” It seems like most of Vladan and Patrick’s sessions are spent laughing and making jokes. “We have developed a friendship. Patrick has such a sense of humour. His humour opens up the relationship and allows us to really connect. Talking to Patrick is like talking to someone I have known for a really long time. It is important to develop these relationships, not just for him, but for me. It forces you to break down boundaries, and any stress that is brought into the picture, making the whole process really easy. Both of us make it fun,” quotes Vladan.
 
Like most of us, Vladan does not have a background in computers, but has taught himself all of the basics. “I’m learning as well,” says Vladan. Vladan enjoyed his time with the Neil Squire Society, and says, “It’s absolutely great.” Unfortunately Vladan recently had his last session with Patrick. They haven’t talked about the next step, but if the program continues, Vladan is more than happy to keep volunteering. Vladan took away a lot from his time with the Neil Squire Society’s Distance Computer Program, “the Society doesn’t just serve people who have disabilities, but serves everyone who is looking for a meaning to reconnect.”___

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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 »

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 at http://news.gc.ca/web/dsptch-dstrbr-eng.do?mthd=advSrch&crtr.lc1D&crtr.aud1D&crtr.sj1D&crtr.dpt1D=420&crtr.tp1D=1&crtr.kw&crtr.dyStrtVl=26&crtr.mnthStrtVl=2&crtr.yrStrtVl=2008&crtr.dyndVl=4&crtr.mnthndVl=1&crtr.yrndVl=2015___

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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

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.

Wow, great ad. Very inspiring.___

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

Suzanne's Baby Shower

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 »

- 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 and Fredericton Sunrise Rotary President), and Shelley (GED Graduate from Neil Squire Society CALP and Neil Squire Solutions client)
 There was only standing room left as eighteen dedicated adult learners accepted their well-deserved GED diplomas during a ceremony that symbolized the months, even years, of their hard work and struggle. This year’s GED graduation ceremony was literally “dripping” with emotion. Family, friends, and teachers could not hold back tears as they watched their loved ones accomplish their goals before their very eyes. Danielle, teacher at the Neil Squire Society recounts her experience at the GED graduation:
 
“When the music began and the graduates walked in, heads held high, I reflected on their experiences in my class: the unlikely friendships they made, the encouragement they gave their classmates, and the day they mastered their toughest subject. I thought about their journeys. They all had moments where they were discouraged and exhausted, and they had moments of celebration and confidence. That’s why the graduation is so emotional. Each of them had the perseverance to stick with it, to claim a better future for themselves. Each person left the Lodge that night inspired by the courage and determination of the graduates.”
 
The richness of the graduates’ stories clearly captured the hearts of all those in attendance. First, there was the story of Rodney and his unparalleled dedication. Even after writing his GED exams in February, he continued to attend classes until he received his results. Rodney passed all five GED exams on his first attempt. What is even more impressive is that he accomplished all of this while working full-time.
 
Another story that clearly affected the audience was that of Jeannette. During the GED ceremony, Jeannette spoke about her negative experiences in school as a child and how she was made to feel dumb by her classmates, friends, and even some teachers. When she got pregnant in grade nine and was labelled a “bad influence,” she felt she had no other option but to drop out. Jeanette knew that education was very important, so at age seventeen she began her long journey to getting her GED diploma. For close to twenty years, Jeanette went through many ups and downs in pursuit of her GED, including being diagnosed with a learning disability and meeting some very influential people along the way. She credits much of her success to her teachers in the Community Adult Learning Program, as well as to her husband. He was always an encouraging force in her life, telling her that she could do it and that she is a smart woman. As she walked across the floor to accept her GED diploma, the voice of her teenage daughter rang out in the crowd saying, “I love you, Mom!”
 
These are just two of the stories among the group of GED graduates, but undoubtedly every other graduate in that room has a story just as rich and just as inspiring. Heartfelt congratulations go out to all the graduates.
 
As the ceremony drew to a close, Barbara sang a beautiful rendition of “Dream the Impossible Dream” in honor of the graduates. However, what the graduates realized on this evening was that their dreams were not impossible at all.___

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 »

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 family and home for over four months. This was especially difficult because he had a newborn baby at home at the time. Despite the struggles he endured, David realized something positive could come out of this experience. With this positive outlook, he decided to do the Business Administration-Accounting program at New Brunswick Community College.
 
Even with this education under his belt, success did not come easily. To David, there seemed to be limited job prospects in the accounting field in the rural community in which he lived. David began working closely with Neil Squire Society Employment Specialist, Bev Grasse, tapping into the hidden job market, cold calling employers, and practicing employment interview skills. David is the first to admit that he thought some of the things Bev asked him to do were silly. However, all of those things led David to where he is today.
 
As David neared the end of the time allotted for job search, Bev urged him to meet with a division director from Investors Group, a contact she knew from her involvement with Sunrise Rotary. Although David was skeptical, on his very last day of job search, he agreed to the meeting. This meeting would change his life forever.
 
Shortly after this meeting, David’s glowing career was launched. He is now one of the top consultants with Investors Group Financial Services. He is his “own boss” and loves that he has the time, money, and freedom to enjoy his favorite hobby, fishing. David has said that he surprised even himself with his success at Investors Group. After all, he is just a small town guy with “no fancy hairdo.” People relate to David, and what shines through even more is his genuine desire to get to know and help others. He wants to be more than just the guy that people call for financial advice. He wants to be the guy his clients call in the middle of the night to help fix a flat tire. This is the real key to David’s success.
 
While David has certainly stayed grounded in many ways, he also continues to shoot for the stars. As David once said, “you always have to better yourself.” David now has aspirations of getting his law degree, and with his positive attitude, there is no doubt that that dream will soon become a reality.___

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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 »

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 visual disabilities (including blind, low vision, colour blind, etc.), physical disabilities (includes those who have limited or no use of arms or hands, etc.), cognitive/neurological/learning disabilities (includes those with autism, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc.), auditory disabilities (deaf and hard of hearing) and/or multiple disabilities.
 • Volunteers can live anywhere in the world, have any level of computer/internet experience and they don’t need any experience using an archives.
 • Volunteers must be over the age of majority in their home country, and be able to legally consent to the study.
 • The identity of volunteers will be kept confidential and will never be revealed in the study or in articles, publications, etc.
 
What Volunteers Will Do:
 
• Volunteers will be asked to complete a specific task on a Canadian archival website, and then they will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire about their experience on that site. There will be five different websites tested in this study, and volunteers may stop participating in the study at any time.
 • Volunteers may need to devote from 2.5 to 5 hours in total to this research study. This time will be spread out, and it will not be all at one sitting.
 • Regrettably, there is no compensation for volunteers. However, your help will aid in making websites more accessible!
 • It is hoped that all website testing will be completed by the end of July, if possible.
 
Interested in Being a Volunteer?:
 
If you would like to volunteer please contact Lisa Snider, the Co-Investigator of the research study, at lsnider@interchange.ubc.ca or at (604) 347-5913.___

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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 »

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, recommendations for adaptive equipment, and refurbished equipment to be used in the client’s home.
“We are continually grateful for the support from the Rick Hansen Institute. The ability to offer the Computer Comfort Program allows more people with physical disabilities to have an increased connection and participation with the community through the use of adaptive technology,” says Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society.
For further information, please contact:
 
Alexi Thomas
 Tel: 604-473-9363
 E-mail: alexit@neilsquire.ca___

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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 »

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 Eijkholt, Project Lead at 604-827-5224 or email her at stemcell.sci@neuroethics.ubc.ca

Principal Investigators: Dr. Judy Illes, tel: 604.822.0746, e-mail: jilles@mail.ubc.ca& Dr. Brian Kwon, tel: 604.875.5858, e-mail: brian.kwon@vch.ca___

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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.

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 »

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 discover their career goals. David hopes to build a career in Social Work and IT, so the Neil Squire Society was the perfect placement for him. “I love it here,” “the clients, the staff, the whole organization,” says David. “I learned a lot of technical skills, like how to take apart a computer, and put it back together again.” Computer refurbishing complimented David’s IT interest, while volunteering with clients through Distance Computer Comfort, increased his interest in working with people. “I enjoy working with people. It encourages me to evolve to meet their needs.” “The people make it really fun to work here. This place is a vacation away from my house. Some house mates dread going to work, I couldn’t wait!”

David has finished his time with Katimavik, but not with the Neil Squire Society. Once David is back home in Ottawa he will be volunteering once a week at the Neil Squire Society’s Ontario office, and will be continuing his work as an on-line tutor for the Distance Computer Comfort Program.

Thank you for your help David and good luck with your future!___

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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. :)

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.

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 »

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 live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and society. They specialize in education and workplace empowerment.

In 2008 my son broke his neck in an accident, since then he has found it very difficult to return to school and to find meaningful employment. The society is helping him move forward with his life. He is currently enrolled in a three month course that will help him learn how to use computer based assistive technologies and to prepare him for future employment opportunities that will help him reach his employment goals. In addition to all of that, they will fund another two years of education to help him get the best start possible for finding employment in his chosen field (computer assisted drafting). Without their support he would not have the opportunity to realize his goals and to become an independent member of society. The Neil Squire Society is an amazing organization that has helped countless people with disabilities. I feel that they deserve a grant from the Envision Employee’s Endowment fund so they can continue helping people with disabilities.___

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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).

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.

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 »

- 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 several interviews. During that time “the support of the Employ-Ability team and what I learned during the program kept me going,” said Katherine.
 
After all of her hard work, Katherine landed a job at Centerplate, a food services supplier at the Vancouver Convention Centre. “I asked the Neil Squire team to come to a meeting with me. I gave Chris, Laureen and Lissa my news and they were all so happy for me. It was hugs all around.”
 
Congratulations, Katherine!___

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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.

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 »

“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,” she says, “The training itself will open so many options for me. I have developed more confidence because the Society is aware of my barriers and works with me as opposed to a traditional classroom where I have to try to fit in, which is only discouraging, humiliating, stressful, and belittling.”
 
“The members of the Society have been professional, helpful, kind and I feel encouraged and confident that one day I will be a contributing member of society,” says Marjana.___

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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 »

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, he worked diligently on his Opportunities Fund application and had all of his informational interviews and research of different training options done within record time.
 
Doug recently completed a four week training program with Fox Consulting Services, a company located in Merritt, British Columbia. They were understanding of his disability and were willing to offer hands-on training and testing, just the right kind of learning style he needed. The BC Centre for Ability allowed for out-of-town training which included funding for accommodation. “Doug did very well in his training and we would not hesitate to recommend him to any employers,” said Louise of Fox Consulting Services.
 
Doug has already planned out the next steps of his action plan. He’ll be starting a job in Chilliwack with a friend of the family. When he completes a two day air brake course, he’ll be given a company truck. Once Doug has about 6-months of experience under his belt and some money saved up he will be returning to Fox Consulting in Merritt to upgrade his skills to include a Grader Operator course. The next stage will be to pursue work in the north where he already has three job offers and knows he will be able to make an excellent living.
 
After living for years with people closing doors in his face, Doug and his family remained determined and were able to take advantage of the training dollars provided through the Opportunities Fund.
 
“What a wonderful and positive experience it’s been, I finally feel successful being able to accomplish something on my very own,” said Doug.
 
Doug’s long term goals are to buy a house and be a successful working man. We are happy to have had the opportunity to work with Doug and see him move toward a great new career which will provide him with the life he deserves.___

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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.

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 »

“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 meet and work with “a lot of great people,” but learned how technology is adapting to accommodate different disabilities and how “people with different types of disabilities can use a computer by using special programs like dragon, and special keyboards and mice.” Jasjit found the whole experience “really interesting.”
 
Jasjit left the organization with a positive impression and these last words, “over all it was a pleasure working at the Neil Squire Society. Hopefully I can come back next year or some other time and gain more experience. Thank you.”
 
Thank you Jasjit! Hopefully we will see you again soon.___

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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/

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!

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.

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 »

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 community access for people with disabilities. This Canada wide initiative was sparked by Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour, in which he and a team wheeled around the world raising awareness about the potential of people with disabilities, creating accessible and inclusive communities, and finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.

With events like the Walk and Roll Challenge, New Brunswick’s Disability Awareness Week follows in the spirit first set in motion by Rick Hansen 25 years ago in hopes of creating an inclusive society for all.

http://www.neilsquire.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/daw2012englishposter-Final-3-Final-to-6ColCopy.pdf___

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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

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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2012-05-23 21:44:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Some lucky staff and clients were treated to a wonderful demonstration today by Isabelle of Kinova's JACO arm. You can read more about this robotic arm on their website: http://kinovarobotics.com/

Some lucky staff and clients were treated to a wonderful demonstration today by Isabelle of Kinova's JACO arm. You can read more about this robotic arm on their website: http://kinovarobotics.com/___

2012-05-23 18:25:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

From Trucker to Health and Safety Officer...

Coming from a family of six boys with very limited resources, Tyrone left school at the age of 18 and went to work as a labourer. At 21, he began a career in trucking, which would become his life for the next 18 years. All those years of wear and tear on his right shoulder, eventually made it impossible for him fulfill the rigorous demands of life as a trucker.

In 2010, Tyrone finally came to the realization that he could no longer continue to drive a truck for a living and decided to set his sights on some new goals. WorkSafe NB supported him in pursuing his high school equivalency, and within three months he obtained his GED with honors. Tyrone was not finished there, however. He jumped right into the Health and Safety Program at the University of Fredericton, which he finished in record time. A program that normally takes 12 months to... more »

From Trucker to Health and Safety Officer...

Coming from a family of six boys with very limited resources, Tyrone left school at the age of 18 and went to work as a labourer. At 21, he began a career in trucking, which would become his life for the next 18 years. All those years of wear and tear on his right shoulder, eventually made it impossible for him fulfill the rigorous demands of life as a trucker.

In 2010, Tyrone finally came to the realization that he could no longer continue to drive a truck for a living and decided to set his sights on some new goals. WorkSafe NB supported him in pursuing his high school equivalency, and within three months he obtained his GED with honors. Tyrone was not finished there, however. He jumped right into the Health and Safety Program at the University of Fredericton, which he finished in record time. A program that normally takes 12 months to complete, took Tyrone just three months to finish.

During the first meeting with Neil Squire Society Employment Specialist, Bev Grasse, at the Atlantic Regional Office in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Tyrone expressed interest in working out West on a rotational basis. Bev explained that a friend of hers had just gone to Alberta in the fall to work for a company called Krupp Canada. After doing some research, Tyrone said he would be interested in pursuing a position with this company. Bev forwarded his resume along to Krupp Canada, and things moved quickly from there. Within a week, Tyrone had his first telephone interview. A second telephone interview was completed a couple of weeks later, and then a job offer was made.

Tyrone flew to Alberta on April 12 to start his job as a Health and Safety Officer. Tyrone feels that he could not have picked a better job for him and his family.

Congratulations, Tyrone!___

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