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Federal funds create two jobs

People with disabilities find employment
Federal funds create two jobs

Federal government funds are helping two people with disabilities develop job skills.

Powell River Brain Injury Society has received $16,002 from the work experience component of the federal government’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. It is providing two people with disabilities with job placements designed to suit their abilities.

MP John Weston, who represents West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, made the announcement on January 28 at the society’s office on Marine Avenue.

“In today’s environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market,” said Weston. “By supporting this project, our government is helping Canadians with disabilities maximize their potential and independence.”

Weston said the society is doing a great public service by creating opportunities for people who face challenges in their lives. “Your organization is playing a vital role by giving individuals tools that they need to improve their lives,” he said. “You’re helping individuals contribute meaningfully to Powell River.”

Josh Friesen has been hired to work as a newsletter editor and Melissa Tookey will be employed as a library assistant. They will both work part-time for one year. Friesen will be publishing a bimonthly newsletter, in additional to a smaller weekly newsletter circulated within the organization. Tookey will be helping people take materials out and checking them in, as well as looking for new material for the society’s library.