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Septemer 2018 - Cindy Watts Memorial Award Recipient - Charlotte Winsor


Charlotte Winsor was the recipient of the Cindy Watts award during the 2018 Provincial Supported Employment Newfoundland and Labrador Conference, held in Springdale at the Springdale Inn and Suites Hotel.

Her current Employer is Badger Bay Health & Beauty in Triton, NL. Charlotte has been working here for many years. Her current Job Coach is Jean Roberts, who has been working with Charlotte for a number of years.

Charlotte really enjoys her job, and is also very involved in activities in her community of Triton, such as her church group.

Charlotte is an amazing woman, with such a kind & gentle heart.

Congratulations Charlotte on receiving this award! 

Vision's Voice - September 2018 
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Provincial Government Declares October Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, has declared October Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the many contributions of workers with disabilities and recognizes the leadership of inclusive employers who educate Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about disability employment issues and the benefits of inclusion for all people. Currently, October is recognized as Disability Employment Awareness Month in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It is also recognized by the United Nations.

August 2018
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June 2018 
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June 2018  - Vision's Voice
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July 2018

Genesis Employment Corporation's client Alfred Upshall recently received a "Value Champion" award from his employer: Sobey's, located in Placentia. These awards are presented when employees receive positive feedback and recognition from customers, and provide exemplary customer service. Alfred works 22.5 hours per week at the local grocery chain. Genesis are very proud of Alfred's effort, success and dedication to his job! Way to go, Alfred!

March 2018

SENL is sad to announce the passing of Ken Caul on March 5th, 2018.

Ken Caul was a leader and a trailblazer in the Community Living movement. Ken was the sole owner of Notions Ken’s Engraving.

In the late 1980’s Ken broke new ground by being the first person, who faced barriers to employment, in Newfoundland and Labrador, probably all of Canada to get a paid job. His first job was doing repairs such as fence painting for private residences in Stephenville. In 1988 Ken was supported by the Bay St. George Community Employment Corporation to start a small business contracting from the Abitibi Mill. The business was expanded to include computerized engraving. This involved serious financing requiring Ken to incorporate his business. In the process, supported decision making was placed directly in the by-laws of his company. He borrowed significant amounts of money on two different occasions and paid off all loans faithfully.

Over the years, there were some remarkable challenges. There were two significant expansions of Ken’s business even in the face of the closure of the major industry in a one industry town. His company bought out his major competitor.

Ken paved the road for the many services individuals around our province and internationally enjoy today.
There’s nothing remarkable about Ken’s story. That is unless it is being the first person with a significant intellectual disability in this world to establish a business; secure financing from traditional lenders while putting into place a working model of supported decision-making, and becoming a central figure in the closure of institutions in Canada.

His legacy will live on through all other individuals with disabilities who are happily employed!!!

KEN, YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!  

March 2018  - Vision's Voice
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January 2017 - MRON 2017 Employer of Merit Award


Mariner Resource Opportunities Network Inc. congratulates Gas Land Ltd. of Old Perlican on winning the 2017 Employer of Merit Award during their Employer Appreciation Night. Gas Land has employed Brian Cannings for the past seven years in long-term seasonal employment. Brian is an important member of the Gas Land team and is provided the opportunity to learn new tasks and build upon his skills. This employer has a great understanding of the concept of Supported Employment and the benefits gained by both the employee and the employer. Management works in a fair and just manner, regardless of ability or disability. Gas Land is a definite role model for other businesses to follow.

December 2017 - The Insider Newsletter
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December 2017 - A Community Walking Together
"A Community Walking Together" by Kem Young, Manager of the Green Bay Community Employment Corporation, Springdale, NL

On October 30th, 2017, the Green Bay Community Corporation, along with Life Unlimited for Older Adults, Care2Ride program, and the Green Bay Association for Community Living, held a community walk in Springdale.

Everyone gathered together at Springdale's Town Hall, where Deputy Mayor Shawn Weir signed a proclamation stating October as Community Living Month.

To celebrate inclusion in our community, we walked to the Manual hall, with the local RCMP and Fire Department as our escort.

During lunch we had a speech from local MHA Brian Warr, following two videos on "inclusion" and the "Care to Ride Program". The purpose of the Community Walk is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour markets, community involvement, and education. Our theme was "A Community Walking Together", which have come a long way in the past few years. Breaking down barriers for individuals and families to be more included in our neighborhood, communities and society. We will keep focusing each year to build partnerships within our surrounding communities of the Green Bay area. Everyone deserves to be included.

The event ended with the cutting of the cake. We would like to thank everyone who participated and volunteered to make this event a success. 

December 2017 - Treasures by Jesse, Recipient of the Youth Business Award of the Year

In June 2017, Jesse completed the twwo year Film and Video Program through the College of the North Atlantic, in Stephenville.

What was going to be the next chapter in his life?  

With limited work in the region for Jesse's interests, the family collectively decided Jesse's skills would be best served creating a small family owned business. Customers are in awe of Jesse's work in pebble art, sea glass and woodworking.  

What a better name than "Treasures by Jesse", it seemed to fit so well.  

Here we are only six months later and we have a wonderful little shop, well supported by the community, support agencies and sending special thanks to Island Furniture.  

Jesse is naturally supported by his family, Wayne & Judy, along with brother Julien lending a hand when needed. Jesse’s grandmother Theresa covers lunch hours and Saturdays to help out. Trudie manages the public and front end duties. It’s a true family supported business. It is a fantastic business that is unique, personalized and a true shopping experience.  

On August 31, 2017 we held our Grand Opening, partnered with ReMax customer appreciation day. What a success! So many people came out to support Jesse and purchased items.  

On October 20, 2017 Jesse won the Youth Business Award of the year! Jesse was beaming the entire night. What a wonderful surprise to be supported by so many people in the Bay St. George and surrounding areas.  

We have a Facebook page, searchable by Treasures by Jesse. This page is updated a couple times each week highlighting all the new treasures. With online orders and local support, Treasures by Jesse has been a huge success.  

We are blessed to have so many supporters! So many people follow this page and orders are flowing in from all points. We love it!!!! 

October 2017 - Cindy Watts Memorial Award Recipient - Lisa White

Lisa White was the recipient of the Cindy Watts Memorial Award during the 2017 Provincial Supported Employment Newfoundland and Labrador Annual Conference held at The Garrick Theatre, Bonavista, NL in October 2017.

Lisa has been a client of Ability Employment Corporation in Bonavista since she finished high school in 1998. In April of 1999 Lisa accepted a position as caretaker/Janitor at the College of The North Atlantic in Bonavista. 

Her current employer is Premiere Atlantic. Lisa is currently supported though a SENL Purchased Support Agreement. For many years she was guided by several Job Coaches including her longest and good friend Geraldine Hynes, Pauline Newell & Doreen Fifield. 

Lisa enjoys going to work every day and she always has a wonderful smile for everyone she sees and greets during her day. Her pleasant personality is a constant at the campus with staff and students alike always enjoying the daily interaction. 


Congratulations Lisa White on receiving this award!  


We would also like to acknowledge the other nominees: 

Taylor Hann, Genesis Employment Corporation 

Darren Stagg, Ability Employment Corporation

Colin Crewe, Ability Employment Corporation


The Cindy Watts Memorial Award was created in memory of Employment Counsellor Cindy Watts, Ability Employment Corporation, Clarenville who passed away in 2000. The Award is a way to honour Cindy for her exemplary work with the Supported Employment Program and for her dedication and commitment to her clients. Cindy had a true belief of what equality, inclusion and acceptance meant. The Award is an annual Award and is client driven. Employment Corporations can nominate an individual who they support in the workplace and who exemplifies Cindy's positive attitude, work ethic and participation in the community. 

July 2016


Visions Employment client Andrew Hynes receiving the Cindy Watts Memorial Award at the 2016 Provincial Supported Employment Newfoundland and Labrador (SENL) Conference at The Wilds, Salmonier, May 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS Andrew from all of us at Visions !!! Keep up the good work. 

The Cindy Watts Memorial Award was created in memory of Employment Counsellor Cindy Watts, Ability Employment Corporation, Clarenville who passed away in 2000. The Award is a way to honour Cindy for her exemplary work with the Supported Employment Program and for her dedication and commitment to her clients. Cindy had a true belief of what equality, inclusion and acceptance meant. The Award is an annual Award and is client driven. Employment Corporations can nominate an individual who they support in the workplace and who exemplifies Cindy's positive attitude, work ethic and participation in the community.

The Insider - Winter 2016
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The Insider -  Fall 2016
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April 2015

June 17-19, 2015 are the dates set aside for the Annual Supported Employment Conference, hosted by Avalon Employment at the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network Building in Pleasantille.

This year's theme is "Building Success through Engagement and Partnership". 

This is a wonderful opportunity for all Employment Corporations throughout our province to come together with their clients, employers, government agencies and other external parties to share new ideas and to celebrate the many successes of the past year. 

Register early to avoid disappointment.

The Insider - March 2015 
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