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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Wednesday night at the Lido Theatre, many people came to “Be Inspired” and celebrate Disability Employment Month, which was declared by the City 2 years ago.

The evening started off with refreshments and photo booth fun. There was then the welcome by employment connections. There was then a success stories video and inspirational speaker Lori Slater.

The night featured 2 employer spotlights. Home 2 by Hilton and Systems Secure Locksmithing.

There was appreciation awards and then the closing speech by acting Mayor Gord Klassen.

Amy Rimpilainen, a case manager with Employment Connections says the goal of the event was to help get the word out and bring awareness.

“It was 2 years ago, BC proclaimed September Employment Disability Month. We basically want to celebrate and get everybody together to make everybody aware that this event is happening.”

Jessica Purnell, a Senior Case Manger at WorkBC says that the word is getting out there to the community.

“Since the start of the event that it has definitely been more of a community wide thing.”

They were expecting 85-100 people, up from 50 last year. But it also is harder being in a small town, to find work for those who many have a disability, says Purnell.

“Especially in a town that is so small, and one sector based, it is definitely harder to diversify employers and get them to recognize that a disability doesn’t mean non ability.

There are many employers that hire a lot of WorkBC employment clients with disabilities. Some of them include:

  • Home 2 by Hilton
  • Winners
  • Safeway
  • Home Hardware
  • Rona
  • Systems Secure Locksmithing

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