Ladysmith businesses recognized as ‘Diversity At Work’ champions

Community Link Connexions, a member of Mid Island EmployNet, is pleased to present the following champions of Diversity at Work: Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, and Maya Norte with a “Diversity@Work” window sticker in recognition of their inclusive hiring practices.

Other businesses have been recognized in previous years and because they continue to practice inclusive hiring practices, we want to recognise them again: 49th Parallel Grocery Store, In the Beantime, Robert Street Pizza, Tim Hortons, Town Of Ladysmith, Take 5 Publications, and APL Chartered Accountants.

The “Diversity@Work” recognition is an initiative undertaken by employment support services in the Mid Island area who are committed to advance employment for people with ‘diversabilities.’

With this “Diversity@Work” sticker we recognize businesses that have made a shift in their hiring practice and have tapped into the pool of ready, willing and able job seekers with diversabilities.

The sticker lets consumers know which businesses in our community have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the workplace by developing true employer/employee relationships with all their employees.

Giving employees with diversabilities the same benefits, pay, and protection as any other employee doing that job.

A diversified workforce significantly increases the customer base. It demonstrates to the community that the business has the capacity to accommodate all people whether they are staff or customer.

There are a few things that we know:

  • People with diversabilities are consumers and have purchasing power
  • People who have family members, loved ones, or support people with diversabilities have purchasing power
  • Inclusion and fair treatment of people with diversabilities is important to all people who have purchasing power
  • Research shows that 80 percent of consumers prefer to support businesses that have “Diversity@Work”
  • Our communities and businesses are stronger when they are inclusive
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Robert Soumang presents the “Diversity@Work” recognition to Christy Wood with the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.

Mark Skelton presents the “Diversity@Work” recognition to his boss Steve Wilkinson, owner of Ladysmith Pharmasave.

Anne Manning and Peg Montgomery, owners of Maya Norte, with Robert Soumang.

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