Castlegar employers and employees attended Community Living BC’s (CLBC) Community Living Dinner last Thursday. The event was an opportunity for CLBC to honour businesses and community organizations that have a positive impact on the lives of people with diverse abilities.

Community Living BC honours Castlegar employers

A number of Castlegar businesses and organizations were honoured at the 2016 Community Living Dinner last Thursday night.

A number of Castlegar businesses and organizations were honoured at the 2016 Community Living Dinner last Thursday night.

Community Living BC (CLBC) hosted a dinner at Chance’s Casino last Thursday “to honour local businesses and non-CLBC funded community organizations that have positively impacted the lives of people with diverse abilities.” CLBC hosts the dinner every year, alternating between Castlegar, Nelson and Trail, and this is the second year the dinner has been held in Castlegar.

“We are here tonight to host our fourth annual employer recognition dinner,” explained Margie Bromley at the beginning of the evening. “Each year we celebrate in a different city and we are pleased to be back in Castlegar.”

“We are here to pause, take note of the true impact of employment in our communities how it increases self-confidence, provides new opportunities to gain skills and knowledge, and build social connections, to name just a few. So once we hear from the folks here who tell us their stories, we will learn even more positive aspects of employment,” she added.

Following a buffet-style dinner, employers and employees took to the mic to share their positive experiences, either employing people with diverse abilities or being employed as a person with diverse abilities.

Castlegar News was among the businesses honoured at the event, and we would like to offer our sincere appreciation to those who nominated us. Thank you to our carriers Mielle Metz, Heather Cook, Sandrelle Fraser and Rachel Gutwald.

“I like delivering newspapers with my job coach,” Mielle Metz wrote on her nomination form.

I like my job because I enjoy walking and talking to people I deliver papers to,” said Rachel Gutwald.

“I love seeing these girls every Thursday,” said Pam Malekow, office and circulation manager. “They do such a great job for us.”

The Community Living Dinner is part of Community Living Month, which is celebrated every October.