October 13 Luncheon – FSJ Association for Community Living

Employer Advantages of an Inclusive Workplace: Tapping into Supporting Employment

  1. Learn how to access the untapped labour market for ready, willing & able employees
  2. Discover the clear business benefits to diverse and inclusive companies; Understand how companies that perform well in diversity and inclusion are highly responsive to their customers, and thus outperform peers in revenue growth.
  3. Give first-hand examples for starting the process of inclusion.

The Fort St John Association for Community Living’s Supported Employment program connects employers with capable, loyal employees who happen to have a developmental disability. You’ll hear about the many success stories, the support available to business owners, and the potential the program has for your business. Find out what local Fort St John companies already know – the Supported Employment program  connects businesses with ready, willing & able prospective employees, more details view here.


Biography – Kathleen Moir – Employment Strategist, Inclusion BC

Along her 17 year career, Kathy’s work embodies a lengthy Instructional Associate stint within Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Access Programs for People with Disabilities in addition to working with several funding agencies such as the WCB, Ministry of Social Development, Service Canada, and CLBC; all of which has given her a broad perspective of service delivery in BC while breaking down barriers that people with disabilities face in the work force. With her feet firmly planted in the business world, Kathy‘s socially responsible limited company has raised money for several charities before she moving to Ness Lake nestled 30 minutes from Prince George. In her current role at Inclusion BC as Director of  Employment Initiatives, Kathy is currently working within the Ready, Willing and Able Campaign to increase Employer awareness, capacity and confidence in inclusive hiring practices.    Kathy serves on several boards such as the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE), The Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT) and BC Employment Network (BCEN) where she joins colleagues who speak out for inclusive worksites.

Biography- Sheri Ashdown- Employment Coordinator- Fort St John Association for Community Living

Sheri started at the FSJACL where she started as a relief on line worker in 2007, just over a year of being in the Day program she became a relief supervisor and then in late 2009 orientated in the Careers program. Since then Sheri has become the employment coordinator, had a high success rate in finding and keeping employment  for the adults with developmental disabilities she supports. With a 90% success rate for employees staying in positions for longer than 3 months and the programs extensive matching process, the Careers program has become very successful. With certificates of Career development, marketing and job development and job coaching skills and participating in provincial programs such as Ready, Willing and Able, Mentorability and the new mapping project Sheri hopes to lead the Careers program into increasing the amount of inclusive workplaces here in Fort St John, BC.