BACI staff will share success story of employment support


Staff ‘excited’ by invitation to address Home Depot managers
Thursday January 5, 2012 — Deb Bartlett

Representatives of Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) are excited about an upcoming opportunity to discuss supported employment with human resources (HR) managers of the Home Depot.

Manager for employment service Steve Withrington says BACI has had great success with placements at the home renovation retailer.

Through the manager of the store BACI has built a relationship with, the organization has been invited to speak at a meeting of managers to share the story of what is done at BACI through employment support, with a goal of getting the same practices and opportunities into other stores, says Steve.

“We are really excited,” he says.

Though no dates have been set for the meeting, BACI staff members are working on a presentation.

Steve says making the connections with each store’s human resources manager will be invaluable for BACI and its partner organizations.

BACI supports people in Burnaby, so it’s not practical for BACI to try to service the store in Coquitlam or Richmond, says Steve.

But by offering up the connection, the contact and the history between Home Depot and BACI to other service providers, Steve says “we can offer the opportunity for people in those other areas to connect with Home Depot once we’ve shared the background framework with the HR managers.”

There are several umbrella organizations that meet every couple of months with members from the lower mainland and above.

“We connect on a regular basis,” says Steve, adding that the partnerships offer opportunities to other agencies.

“We do have connecting groups that cross over into different regions, so hopefully we’ll all benefit at the end of the day from those good stories,” says Steve.

The BACI Blast has profiled one of the people employed by Home Depot on a contract.

Derek recently worked a temporary contract and has been offered a renewed contract for the new year.

“He’s going back for another three months, with a view to taking on a permanent job,” says Steve.

To comment on this story, or to share your employment success story, contact Deb at 800-294-0051, ext. 30, or e-mail deb(at)

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