A new publication aims to help persons with disabilities achieve their full employment potential and serves as a resource for business owners interested in making their operation more inclusive.
It has been three years since Ryan Oliver left Pangnirtung on the east side of Baffin Island, where summer temperatures range from five to 15 degrees Celsius and winter can be -50 Celsius with wind chill.
Oliver had lived in this Nunavut village of 1,400 people for nine years. But given the costs of doing business in the north he thought it was time to bring his family — and his entrepreneurial idea — home to Lindsay.
Have jobs, will train. One of the Lindsay area’s largest private employers, Mariposa Dairy, is having trouble finding committed employees who want to work a full five days a week – at least in the 18-35 age bracket.
Bruce Vandenberg, owner of Mariposa Dairy along with his wife, Sharon, estimates that 30-40 per cent of the younger people they hire as general labourers don’t work out, mainly because of “misplaced priorities,” according to Vandenberg.
“They seem to think highly of themselves.”
“They have a ‘baby-on-board’ protected mentality.”
“They’re always connected to their phones.”
The above was actual employer feedback from a large area employer about the young people sent to Victoria County Career Services (VCCS). It wasn’t the only business feedback.
- “Expect to move into the same job someone else has had for years.”
- “They question everything.”
- “They have less patience” for repetitive tasks, if the tasks aren’t meaningful.
- “They have an expectation to be paid well.”
- “They don’t like authoritarian style” of employers.
- “They’re needy.”
The leader of one of Lindsay’s key employment agencies, Carol Timlin of Victoria County Career Services (VCCS), says the basic income pilot is a fantastic opportunity for Lindsay.
Executive Director Carol Timlin says part of their role at VCCS is to show people how to leverage the skills they have, and to steer them toward picking up new skills. She says that should become easier with a basic income as a financial floor to draw upon when necessary.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m pleased the pilot is here,” Timlin tells The Lindsay Advocate.