Many Kootenay businesses are facing difficulty these days due to labour shortages in the area. Unbeknownst to many Kootenay employers, there’s an untapped job force out there that is being underutilized. For some, like the intellectually disabled, they want to work but haven’t been given an opportunity to contribute.

(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook. — Photo courtesy Ana Yost
(L to R) Kieran O’Grady, Donna Schwartz, Kimberly Earl, Felicia McKenzie and Sheila Neidig work at Java Creek Café inside Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook.
— Photo courtesy Ana Yost
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REALM would like to thank everyone who participated in our first annual ICE (Inclusive Community Employers) Awards. Hosted at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. In the pursuit of recognizing and raising awareness of businesses in the community who are leaders by providing meaningful employment to everyone. We invited the community during the month of September to nominate an organization with whom they thought deserved to be honoured. With a total of nineteen local companies nominated, in collaboration with our sponsors, we awarded five businesses with a unique honour recognizing their excellence. The remaining organizations were acknowledged for their leadership.

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On Tuesday, May 28th, REALMS operations staff held their annual appreciation and awards luncheon at Auntie Barb’s Bakery.
We would like to congratulate Raymond Edinger, on being the recipient of this year’s Lucy Memorial Award.
Our congratulations also go out to Lynnetta Beingessner and Sheila Neidig on receiving an honorable mention of the Lucy Memorial Award.

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