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Jobs could develop with Vancouver Canadians, Giants sports clubs

Growing relationships, new connections could result in job placements
Thursday February 2, 2012 — Deb Bartlett

A new connection with two Vancouver sports clubs could score placements for people serviced by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) employment program.

Manager for employment services Steve Withrington is cultivating opportunities with Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians minor baseball team.

“They’re pretty big in Vancouver,” says Steve of the team.

“That’s kind of a catch in itself, to get a connection into the Canadians,” he says.

He adds recent connections made with the Vancouver Giants junior hockey team may also lead to employment opportunities. These could include locker room duties or merchandising at the store.

Other new and growing relationships are also underway with great potential to yield employment for people supported by BACI, says Steve.

Two people are now working at Bosley’s Pet Food Plus.

One of them is in paid employment and “one is doing a bit of a tryout with warehousing in the store,” says Steve.

If that works out, “he’s got a regular gig on Thursday by taking delivery of their stock.”

There are also new supported employment placements at Canadian Tire.

Connections with the team have been made, and Steve will be following up and building a relationship with the team.

Steve says the opportunities are exciting and once employment specialists are in the door, they’ll have a better idea of what types of jobs may be available to people supported by  BACI.

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

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