BACI helps the people they support feel fulfilled and important
Friday June 17, 2011 — Ryan Rogers
Supervisor Alisdair Archibald with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) says he’s been able to improve the quality of life to the people he supports by listening to what they want, and helping them realize their own dreams
Ricardo, for example, came to BACI around a year ago from an institutional setting. He’s found the change at BACI exhilarating.
“Ricardo’s excited to do all sorts of things,” says Alisdair. “We choose what to do, instead of him being told what he’s going to do each day.”
“We talk about what he wants to do, and what’s important to him. He’s just so excited about that, he’s never really had that chance.”
Through these talks, Ricardo says he’d like to get a job.
Alisdair says BACI’s trying to arrange a job for Ricardo delivering groceries. “He’s really excited about making some money and being able to have a little extra cash in his pocket to do some other things he likes, or things he’d like to buy.”
“Everyone feels fulfilled if they have a job to do, something that makes them feel important, and that’s something the company’s (BACI) been pushing real hard on,” says Alisdair. “If people want to work or get a job, we need to find a way to make it work.”
Ricardo is transitioning into his job, beginning with family members to get the feel of his duties. “Then he’ll branch out and see if he can’t do it for seniors and maybe charge a small service fee to make a little money,” says Alisdair.
“We’re just in the process of working out all the kinks.”
“That’s a big thing BACI’s really working on, finding people a meaningful job,” says Alisdair.
“It’s not all about swimming and walking through the parks. I mean, the recreational stuff is great, but there’s something about earning a paycheque and being in the community interacting on that sort of level, that offers another level of fulfillment that hasn’t been there.”
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