LANTRAX LOGISTICS LTD. – Langley BC
“I was very pleased when Company President, and Rotarian, Rod Wainwright (Langley Sunrise) brought the Langley Association for Community Living to my attention when seeking outside labour for a project. Personally, I have a son with Cerebral Palsy, so I was very excited to know there is an organization like this. I was even more excited after meeting and working with Jeff and James. Many times in the past I have hired outside labor for various projects and I was never sure what to expect. Quite often, it was obvious from the start why these people were not gainfully employed. It was wonderful to have two people genuinely excited to work. They picked up the work quickly and got through a big task with ease. What a great program, I will definitely be calling when I have another project.” Erica Walker – Warehouse Manager
Lantrax Logistics Ltd has recently been acknowledged as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, in large part because of the leadership of long-time Rotarian, Rod Wainwright. Rod was also voted Langley Business Person of the Year in 2014, and has been an inclusive employer in the past. In October of 2015, he also showed his support for hiring people with disabilities, and his commitment to community, by being the Gold / Primary Funder for the first Rotary at Work BC Employer Recognition Event in Langley.
TRIPLE FLIP – White Rock
White Rock’s Triple Flip is a clothing store that believes in empowering young girls to be confident and able to express their unique selves. They also believe in empowering individuals with diverse abilities. Triple Flip at Morgan Crossing won an Innovative Labour Solutions Award last year. The Awards are organized by the City of Surrey, the Rotary Club of Surrey, Rotary at Work BC, Milieu Family Services, Community Living BC, and WorkBC and recognizes employers and businesses in Surrey and surrounding areas that are creating a welcoming workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, and generating meaningful employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
Right from the moment that the Triple Flip team became aware of Milieu Family Services Customized Employment Program, they were on board. The team advocated to their head office for a chance to work with and create a diverse workforce. The first step was to do a situational assessment. Co-Managers Taryn & Alyssa met with potential employee Krista and they knew she would be a great fit for the team. They worked together with Milieu’s Customized Employment staff to get Krista to a place where she is fully independent at work and is able to take on new roles and challenges.
“Krista has been part of the team for more than two year’s and we wouldn’t change a thing,” says co-manager Taryn. “With Krista, it is all about little achievements. We treat her like any other employee in the store, giving her goals for her shifts, and having her help customers.” Krista is responsible for dressing mannequins in the store, doing regular cleaning tasks, and helping to fill customer bags at the cash desk. “We support Krista by being her friend, and showing her that she’s just as much a part of this team as everyone else,” said co-manager Alyssa. “Krista was just recently given a new task — to help do the display that is within the cash desk. This task is slightly more complex, but she is really starting to get good at it! We feel very honoured that we are recognized as an Inclusive employer”, said Taryn. “We hope that by having people like Krista in our store it helps to open the door to many who are unable to get jobs. We also hope it helps to remove any stigma around the idea of disabilities, because everyone has strengths and weaknesses and should be looked at and treated the same”.
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