We would like to share some of our inspiring stories of best practices. Hear from AIM business leaders and successful employees why workplaces inclusive of persons with disabilities offer winning solutions for all.
Understanding and enhancing diversity in the workplace is a primary commitment for Vancity, a member-owned financial institution born of community and co-operation. Vancity is an ambassador of the Abilities In Mind (AIM) Program at the BC Centre for Ability. It is also the recipient of this year’s Employer Award from the Centre.
Melanie was getting on with her life as many individuals in their late-twenties do. She had a good job in retail sales, was contemplating furthering her education and had a solid group of friends and contacts. One night, her life took a drastic turn when the car she was travelling in struck a roadside lamppost. Melanie sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI) as a result of the accident.
AIM creating business-based approach to building inclusive workplaces
Kimberlee LoCicero has seen successes in the workplace stemming from being educated about employees who have a disability. For instance, colleagues of a man who has cerebral palsy overcame their initial discomfort with the first-hand knowledge that he’s a person who’s very capable of many things.
Founding partner AIMs to help open employer’s minds to inclusive workplaces
As the daughter of a hardworking, self-employed businessman with multiple sclerosis, Melissa Lebo says it has been somewhat of a personal crusade to have others “not judge a book by looking at its cover.” As human resources (HR) manager of CTV British Columbia, a founding partner with the Abilities In Mind (AIM) initiative, Lebo looks for the same goal.