The City of Quesnel was recognized for its open and inclusive work environment this week, receiving a Diversability Works Here certificate from WorkBC.
The certificate, which was presented to Mayor Bob Simpson during the Tuesday, Oct. 22 council meeting, acknowledges “leadership in supporting and building accessible, inclusive workplaces.”
Mayor Bob Simpson read a report from the City’s human resources manager, providing an update on the City’s diversification program.
“The City of Quesnel believes in treating all people with respect and dignity; we strive to create and foster a supportive and understanding environment in which all individuals realize their maximum potential within the organization, regardless of their differences,” he read. “The City’s diversification program began in 2008 with our commitment to inclusion and diversity, and today, it is reflected in several of our departments within the City. We continue to work closely with community organizations such as WorkBC to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities.”
The City currently employs six workers through its diversification program in City Hall, at the RCMP Detachment, at the Fire Hall, at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre and at Public Works.
“There are a number of reasons this program has been beneficial for the Cit of Quesnel,” read Simpson. “There’s a much-needed value through the good work they do each day; they boost staff morale and loyalty by helping create a diverse workforce; and both workers with and without disabilities benefit from a diverse workplace. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace and will continue to be an active leader in hiring and developing people with disabilities.”
WorkBC employment consultant Tim Hall presented the certificate to Simpson.
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in B.C.
“It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce and to recognize the many inclusive employers throughout B.C.,” said Hall. “As we celebrate Disability Employment Month, we like to acknowledge those employers who see the value in creating an open and diverse workplace. WorkBC acknowledges the City of Quesnel for its leadership in the local community by reducing barriers to foster inclusion of diverse workers in the workplace. By employing people with disabilities through your diversification program, the City of Quesnel has demonstrated progressive, leading-edge employment practices in your hiring, training and developing employees with disabilities. Employment provides pride and purpose and a sense of being connected in their community, and you give people hope for their future too.”