DTES Social Impact Hiring Panel Discussion September 24th

Social Impact Hiring Panel Discussion Tuesday September 24th at 2:00 PM – Portside Pub

Event Details (Taken directly from EventBrite page)

Join us for an afternoon facilitated by Wes Regan in sharing strategies & practices for businesses to successfully hire locally and provide meaningful employment opportunities for people who are currently being left out of the competitive workforce.

A common misconception is that people who identify as having barriers to employment, such as mental health issues, addictions, and homelessness don’t want to work or cannot work. The fact is there is a strong desire from the people of this neighborhood to contribute to the local economy. Local business owners have the ability to support this desire and may also benefit from such hiring.

Several local business owners, non-profit workers, and medical professionals will come together to share and discuss proven and successful strategies that have the ability to create better hiring and business practices for those traditionally left out of the local labor market. Despite myths existing that those encountering barriers to employment cannot meaningfully contribute, these panelists will share their experiences in the matter, providing insight and suggestions to implement successful hiring practices with continued support systems in place.

Some elements of discussion:

Best practices for hiring and retaining employees with barriers within profit businesses/Best practices and model creation to accommodate employees with barriers/Best practices and type of training programs needed to facilitate change/Customized Employment Awareness/Job Carving/Retention Services/Resources to hire from……and more!

The afternoon of Q & A will be facilitated by Wes Regan (HxBIA) and will also include panelists:

Anna Farrant Community Coordinator at Save On Meats

Megan Branson Owner/Operator of Olla Urban Flower Project 

Heather O’Hara Executive Director for Potluck Café & Catering and Chair of the Hastings Crossing BIA

Max Bassato Job Developer – Open Door Group – Downtown Eastside Employment Services Centre (WorkBC)

Glen Lamont Student Counsellor at the H.A.V.E. Culinary Training Society

Tara Taylor Supervisor Employment & Education Supports – RainCity Housing & Supports Society

2:00 PM, Portside Pub. Hope to see you there.

2 Responses to “DTES Social Impact Hiring Panel Discussion September 24th”

  1. September 19, 2013 at 12:49 am, Ruth Meta said:

    ah! Where is the Portside Pub? Could you give an address … I’d like to come! we are just opening an organic flower shop on hastings… and until we generate revenue, we won’t be hiring, BUT that doesn’t mean that will always be the case. … 688 East Hastings….


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